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Old 12-14-2014, 09:59 AM   #21
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Newer trailers probably gained weight by being wider, having a heavier frame, and maybe being longer for the same nominal length. The also have some nice but heavy cabinet work and probably heavier appliances.

I was actually surprised at how light compared to GVW my 25' trailer is when loaded to go. Hitched and on the road loaded we have 5600 lbs on the trailer axles and 800 lbs added to the truck for a total of 6300 against a GVW of 6800 lbs. I do have the generator, the spare tire, the fishing gear, and the heavy tools in the truck instead of the trailer. If we are headed north we carry the box of the heavy boots and parkas in the truck until we need them.
Most of the weight added is fresh water full and a little water in the holding tanks, 2 full propane tanks, canned goods in the pantry slide out, and canned and bottled drinks under the sofa. I rebuilt the bottom of the drawer there to handle heavy loads. We seem to carry fewer clothes and less cooking gear than some Airstreamers.
I guess running with both holding tanks full would put us near or over the limit but it is rare that we do that and if we do it is for short distances.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:04 PM   #22
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No idea! We just bring what we want in the truck and trailer

It all works out ok.

Obviously other folks get down to the real nitty gritty...
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Old 12-19-2014, 04:57 AM   #23
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FYI, we're on the road loaded for a five week trip. We have a 2015 F-250 diesel and pulling a 2012 FC 30 ft. The truck has a shell and a pullout bed, combined these weigh about 350 lbs. We weighed a couple days ago with the following results; gross weight - 16780 lbs, front axle - 4640 lbs, rear axle - 5080 lbs, trailer axle - 7060 lbs.
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Old 12-19-2014, 07:50 AM   #24
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My axles are rated and labeled by AS as 5000lb Dexter Axles.

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I called Dexter with the label info, just to get common maintenance part numbers, as there is no 5000# axle listed on their website. I was told that there is no such thing as a 5000# axle and mine were 6000# axles.

NOW!!!! Just like your TV, that does not mean I can just load the cart, as I please, up to 12,000#s on the axles. There may, and probably are, other "system" reasons for AS to rate the max axle loads to 10,000#s. And in fact when you consider TW, and AS GVW, you can't. (or shouldn't, depending on your perspective).

All this, in the last paragraph, is reflected on the sticker on my closet door.

It is nice to know I am "over-axled", but has little bearing on my load capacity. All that said, at last weigh, I was at about 7600# on the axles and 850# on the tongue, for a total of 8450# without water, fully loaded for camping. GVWR is 10,000#s.

I need to do a reweigh next spring, to see how much weight I've gained since last weigh, in 2011. They are sneaky in gaining weight.

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