First post, so go easy.
Wife has 2013 Ford F150 SCREW, 3.5 Eco Boost, 5.5 bed. 18" tires. Not max tow. Payload sticker says 1401 lbs. Good Firestones, truck is at BSA camp, so I can't read them right now. GVWR for truck says 7200 lbs!
TT is a 2017 ROO, 23IKSS. GVWR for trailer 6628 lbs.
Blue Ox hitch with 750 lbs bars.
with wife, 2 grandsons, me and some stuff in the bed, probably 700 lbs. Tongue weight was listed at dealer as 550 lbs. Yes, it was empty. So we added our usual stuff (original camper was a popup) So, camp chairs, tool bag, those sorts of things. I'm guessing about 650 on the hitch.
Drove to the UP of Michigan, no real issues, except for a terrible headwind.
3200 miles later, I did notice the nose of the truck a little high and weight and balance training came into play. (22 years USN Aviation) I decided to purchase a hydraulic tongue scale.
Weighed trailer at hitch .... almost 700 lbs! Probably going to swap out bars to the 1000 lbs ones.
so question is. Do the manufacturers actually weigh campers before they put the sticker on, or is this a guideline? Are hitch weights usually that far off? Or, once again, are those "averages"?
As camper is new to me, grandma and I are working through the "take this, don't take that" and then where to place it. I've convinced her that weight and balance are important!
(BTW, I am weighing the rig soonest to get true numbers)
Great Forum, love the comraderie.
Virginia Beach, VA
2013 Ford F150 SCREW, 3.5 Eco, 5.5
2017 Roo 23IKSS