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Old 05-21-2012, 12:23 AM   #1
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Please Explain the Yellow Sticker

Im feeling somewhat paranoid now about weights and if im exceding limits on the tongue and the trailer in general. And hitch weight. I was looking at the sticker today on the side of the camper - trying to figure things out and for the life of me I dont understand it. I took a picture of it - can someone explain it to me?



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So the GVWR of the trailer is 6000#. But the yellow sticker says 5877# Dry weight. Isnt the dry weight the GVWR? And it says do not exceed 81# of cargo....but a tank of water = 300#. is that not considered cargo? I think for my family of 5 our food probably weighs more than 81#s lol. So what is the deal here? Thinkin im way way way over weight here and now im wondering if my 800-1200# WD hitch is enough...or am i not understanding how this all works.

Thanks for all the info folks....feeling foolish taking this camper out without understanding how everything works - nice to have a place to come to and ask questions
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:40 AM   #2
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So the GVWR of the trailer is 6000#. But the yellow sticker says 5877# Dry weight. Isnt the dry weight the GVWR? And it says do not exceed 81# of cargo....but a tank of water = 300#. is that not considered cargo? I think for my family of 5 our food probably weighs more than 81#s lol. So what is the deal here? Thinkin im way way way over weight here and now im wondering if my 800-1200# WD hitch is enough...or am i not understanding how this all works.

Thanks for all the info folks....feeling foolish taking this camper out without understanding how everything works - nice to have a place to come to and ask questions
first, what model do you have? i can't find the 300BHDS you mention in the first post, on Coachmen's website.
since you don't mention the year, i'm assuming it's new.
Triguy mentioned a 310BHDS, which is the only one on the website that is close to the model number you posted.
that trailer has a GVWR of 9900lbs. and a fictional "dry" weight of 6890lbs., which doesn't jive with your numbers.

and NO, dry weight is not the GVWR.

first, factory dry weight is the weight of the stripped-down version of the trailer.

then you have to add the weight of all the typical "options that all trailers have, such as: oven, microwave, awning, spare tire, a/c and so on.
that weight delivered to the dealer is the UVW, which doesn't include battery, water, propane or cargo. this should be the weight on the yellow sticker, which isn't readable in your picture.

the GVWR is the maximum the trailer can weigh period.
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Moved the inquiry to a new thread because it was a separate question and might benefit from a new forum.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:10 AM   #4
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My guess is that the sticker is simply wrong.
What exact make, model and year of camper do you have?
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:50 AM   #5
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SknirB, we need a little more information here to really help you. What year, model, and brand of unit are we talking about?

The Yellow sticker is the actual dry weight of your unit as the unit came off the factory line, the last step is they weigh the unit to produce the sticker. (this sticker should not be wrong).

The Dry weight you see in the specs are estimates do not rely on that number for anything. (lets forget this number).

The GVWR is the total allowable weight the unit can carry including itself, based on the lowest common denominator part(s) (usually the axles).

So, having a yellow sticker of 5877 and a GVWR of 6000 seems off to me, most units allow for a difference of at least a 1000 lbs, that is why we need more info to help you. Your GVWR should be higher.
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Your axle rating is 5400 lbs which is about right for a 6K GVWR. They may have put on the wrong axles. The axle and tire ratings determine the GVWR.
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The sticker HAS to be wrong. Check with your dealer.
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SknirB, we need a little more information here to really help you. What year, model, and brand of unit are we talking about?

The Yellow sticker is the actual dry weight of your unit as the unit came off the factory line, the last step is they weigh the unit to produce the sticker. (this sticker should not be wrong).

The Dry weight you see in the specs are estimates do not rely on that number for anything. (lets forget this number).

The GVWR is the total allowable weight the unit can carry including itself, based on the lowest common denominator part(s) (usually the axles).

So, having a yellow sticker of 5877 and a GVWR of 6000 seems off to me, most units allow for a difference of at least a 1000 lbs, that is why we need more info to help you. Your GVWR should be higher.
I was given a new sticker last week to replace the previously posted sticker for tire pressure. They had put the wrong one on. So yes, the sticker could be wrong
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Boubou, that I believe, but that's not the yellow sticker. the tire pressure stickers get put on on the line not at the scale like the yellow one. It is possible to have incorrect stickers, but the yellow one is produced at the scale for each unit, the others are not, to determine if those are wrong we need more info from the OP on the unit.
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After looking around looks like sticker is wrong. All the ones I seen said 5718 dry weight 614 tongue weight and most are saying 1819 cargo weight but a few said 1219.
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