Originally Posted by HappyGuy
Looking at the weight specs on the Berk XLT it looks to be similar to the Newmar DutchStar. Unfortunately their steerable tag with a 15K towing capacity is having problems with the front axle being overweight. It looks like the rigs are using the same chassis. Newmar loaded up the options including heated marble floors. Hopefully the Berk is not loaded to the same level or there could be a risk of front tire blow outs:
Overweight Front DS Axle-The whole story - iRV2 Forums
I hate to be the debbie downer here but the option packages looked so similar that it started to raise alarm bells. Has anyone had a chance to weigh the corners on their rig with a full tank of gas, water, and people on board to see how close the front axle is to max? If you scan that thread you'll see that 500lbs under on the axle max won't cut it when you go around a cloverleaf or make a quick course correction and load a tire. Can you say BOOM?
I have been following the DS issues with weight on the SA. Any rig you buy should be weighed before you buy it.
As for a tire going boom because you are loading the tire in a curve? That is grossly overstating the issue. No one was reported any tire issue with DS or Berkshires. These are not trailer tires.
The DS has many more items that are adding weight. The AquaHot for one.
Let's not jump to conclusions before the first rig is sold. As I said weigh before you buy but these are not death traps.