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Old 06-17-2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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Finally checked weight - loaded - How's it look?

Making first long trip this evening with new TV. I've made a few short trips ( <100 miles) recently but never been loaded like I am now. Traded the Sierra 1500 w/ 5.3L w 3.42 axle for the F150 EB SCrew w/3.55 axle. I am using 10000/1000 Equal-i-zer 4 point hitch. Anyone know how much the hitch and bars weigh? Feels like a ton.

Heading to Colorado Springs then to Custer SP from North Texas. We made a similar trip last year and the Sierra spent a lot of time in 3rd and 4th with an occasional 2nd gear thrown in.

I took it to the scales this morning and this is what I've got:
I weighed TV separate and weighed the tongue at home so that I wouldn't need to unhook at the scales. Hope this is an acceptable method. Scale is just 2 miles from house.

GVWR: 7100lbs
GAWR Frt: 3450lbs
GAWR RR: 3850lbs

GVW: 5940
GAW Frt: 3240
GAW RR: 2700

With W/D hooked
GVW: 6540
GAW Frt: 3200
GAW RR: 3340

GTWR: 7450lbs
GTW: 6180lbs
Tongue: 765lbs (12.5%)
GCVWR: 15300lbs
GCW: 12120lbs

Looks like the trailer added 600lbs (78%) to TV and transferred 165lbs to TT axles (22%).

I was worried about this going in as my TV yellow payload sticker says do not exceed 1620lbs. TV without passengers was 5300lbs on a previous weigh. With passengers and TT connected I am at 6540. I guess I've got 560lbs of payload left. Should be a good buffer.

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Old 06-17-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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Multiply TT tires by 80% for TT axle weight if ST tires....and 65 mph max or ST tires goes bad.....I do not run over 60 mph most 55 mph......and
keep CTP at max.....use temp gun to check tires and hubs at stops......
Balance load so one side or one axle is not more than other.....or individual
tire will bear more weight.......than rest.....temp gun will help there but weighing is always best option......good luck with your trip....TPMS always a good thing.....


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Old 06-17-2012, 11:54 AM   #3
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My tires are right at 80% if equally distributed which I doubt. Looking at the layout, all the heavy stuff is on the left side (slide, WH, fridge, stove, microwave. Right side dinette and bath. Rear living with front queen centered). I keep it under 65mph.
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