So, here's what I know and what I'm thinking:
My truck's GVWR is 12,300 pounds. With my wife, 2 kids, infant seat, booster seat, hitch, bed cover, our crap and I, the truck weighs 9,200 pounds (#2 above). That gives me a functional available payload of 3,100 pounds.
This is especially interesting in that our "payload sticker
" stays that we have 4,297 pounds of available payload when the truck came from the factory. This means that our weight, my add-ons and our stuff weighs 1,197 pounds.
I've calculated my pin weight to be 2,180 pounds. This was WAY lower than I expected. I figured this by:
First weigh ticket: steer axle (5,220) + drive axle (6,260) = 11,480 pounds
Second weigh ticket: steer axle (5,240) + drive axle (3,960) = 9,300 pounds
Subtracting these two: 2,180 pounds
Can anyone confirm this?
In fact, I'm confused. For #2 - I'm seeing 2,300 pounds added to the rear axle. I'm seeing 20 pounds removed from the front axle. 2,300 - 20 = 2,280. Where did 100 pounds go?
Hitching up my fifth wheel unloads my front axle by 20 pounds. I didn't expect this. I would have expected *some* weight to be pushed to the front axle.
Is this normal? My B&W hitch is at the "center" position because that's what the hitch installer "normally does".
My trailer axles are within 20 pounds of each other. Strangely - when I add the weights of the 3rd weighing, it doesn't equal the trailer weight from the first weighing:
1st weighing: 11,560 pounds for trailer
3rd weighing: 5,820 + 5800 = 11,620
Diff: 60 pounds
Can anyone explain this?
5) To ensure that I'm under the trailer's GVWR (15,875) -- do I add the pin weight (2,180) to the trailer weight (11,560)?
That's 13,740 pounds.
5a) If my total weight is 13,740 pounds, does that mean my pin weight percentage is just shy of 16%?
(2,180/13,740=15.8%) Which kind of makes sense given the dual opposing slides in the bunkhouse.
I'm under my gross vehicle weigh (GVWR) and axle weights on both the truck and the trailer.