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Old 08-20-2016, 08:34 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Nammy View Post

Thus: 15,000 - 7100= 7900 lb. "dry" weight trailer. Give another 400 lb. safety margin, I think I will be looking at a trailer with a dry weight of around 7500.

Thanks again to all posters for helping me figure this out

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Norm - you've focused on the combined weight of the truck and trailer and you have ignored the payload of the truck. The GVWR of 7,200 pounds is the max weight of the truck and everything you put in it. In your case the truck with you alone is 5,930. Add 370 pounds for passengers (your numbers), 60 pounds for the hitch head, 200 pounds for miscellaneous tools (fire wood, stuff, etc) and your total truck weight is 6,560 pounds. Subtract 6,560 from your 7,200 limit and you have 640 pounds available for the tongue weight of the trailer. Most trailers run 10-15% of the trailer weigh on the tongue so the trailer should weigh between 4,200 pounds and 6,400 pounds loaded ready to camp (not dry empty on the sales lot). While we're on the topic of trailer weight I strongly caution you to NOT use the trailer weights stated in most sales brochures they are almost always much lower than actual delivered weight. Every trailer comes from the factory with a yellow sticker showing the actual weight of that unit as equipped.

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Old 08-20-2016, 09:59 PM   #32
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I would even ignore that factory weight, because as soon as you start loading that TT with bedding, pots & pans, flashlights, dish soap and 100 other odds and ends, that factory weight doesn't mean squat.

Use the GVWR on the white sticker on the front driver's side of the TT and assume 15 percent for the tongue weight.

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