I bought a new 2013 Forest River Micro Lite 23LB in June of 2013. My tow vehicle was a 2007 GMC Sierra with a 4.8 motor. The Sierra towed the Micro Lite good and steady even with no weight distribution hitch, but it just didn't cut the mustard, power wise, on a slight grade, let alone on a steep hill. A few weeks ago I traded the GMC for a new 2013 Ford F150 with a 5.0 engine. What a difference 65 horsepower and a bit more torque makes! Hills and grades are no problem now, but I have a concern: While towing the Micro Lite with the F150, the steering feels way lighter than I experienced with the Sierra and was not as steady as towing with the Sierra. With the money I have in both a new TT and truck I know it's a wise idea, not to mention the safety aspect, to buy a WD hitch. So I figured I'd first check out a ballpark figure of my hitch weight. This is where I got confused.
According to the 2013 Forest River brochure, the Micro Lite 23LB has a base dry hitch weight of 356 pounds and the Micro Lite 23FB base dry hitch weight is listed as 569 pounds. The only difference, I can see, between the two (the 23LB and 23FB) is that the 23LB has bunks beds and the 23FB doesn't, but instead has a full width bath room in place of the bunk space and the refrigerator is located a bit forward on the opposite wall (but still rear of the axle.) I'm wondering if anyone on this forum can answer why is there such a difference in the hitch weights, according to the manufacture, between these two models? I know I can figure the hitch weight myself by pulling my truck on scales and finding the difference between the truck's weight by itself and with the TT hooked up, but I can't understand why there's such a hitch weight discrepancy between two very similar models according to the manufacturer's specs. I suppose it could be a typo in the brochure, but I would think Forest River would have corrected that by now. You can see for yourself on page 7 on the following link:
I also did an online search for 2013 23LBs for sale and I'm seeing all kinds of different hitch weights listed for that model by different dealers. I find hitch weights, for the 23LB, listed anywhere from 290 pounds to 356 pounds.