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Old 09-03-2015, 01:39 PM   #11
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The spec tongue weight in the brochure is for the "as designed" basic camper (NO OPTIONS) that was speced when the camper was drawn up.

It was meaningless when the parts finally hit the factory floor and the "as built" changes started.

The yellow sheet does list the actual factory out the door weight (and the as built remaining payload; BUT NO TONGUE WEIGHT).

For that you need to hit the scales.

For example the air conditioner is an option. Its weight is not on the brochure, but it is included in the yellow sticker.
Any idea what those ac's weigh? are should I say the 13.5 btu one?
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I would think side to side slope would not affect it. Front to back slope would.

Full propane tanks and batteries are not figured into the weight from the factory. The brochure states that hitch weight is in the 830 range. This figure is similar to the dry weight, it reality it is a fictitious number used as a guide for making "rough" calculations. the brochure weights are weights with standard features, any options and dealer upgrades are not accounted for.

Are your water tanks full, water heater full? Are you sure the unit was level front to back? Not trying to insult you, just giving you some ideas?
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Old 09-03-2015, 01:46 PM   #13
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Any idea what those ac's weigh? are should I say the 13.5 btu one?
Really does not matter in your case since location (distance from the centerline of the tandem axle group) determines the contribution to tongue weight.

Located forward of the centerline adds to tongue weight; aft removes it. "Moment Arm" (the distance from centerline) is also a factor; the farther the more of the weight is on the tongue; the less the more is on the wheels.

That was just one example. Adding countertops, upgraded fridge, mattresses, the location of kitchen cabinets; just all kinds of things change the dynamics of the final weight distribution.

What is your "as camped" weight?

Multiply that number by 12% to get the optimum tongue weight for best handling. 12% on the tongue and 88% on the campers tires.
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Any idea what those ac's weigh? are should I say the 13.5 btu one?

The shipping weight is 150 pounds, Ive seen it listed as 100 to 120 installed weight.
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For this reason exactly is why a lot of people say to weigh your rig! As you can see the brochure is dead wrong! Once you start adding things, options and upgrades as well as gear, those numbers can change drastically.

What does your yellow sticker weight say?
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yellow sticker says dry weight 7730
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yellow sticker says dry weight 7730
if you havent added any weight it appears you are at about an 18 percent tongue weight. But you have due to bats and LP. Have you weighed the whole camper as it sits? ready to camp?
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yellow sticker says dry weight 7730
What was the payload available?

Suppose it is 1300 pounds or about 9,000 pounds of camper loaded to camp.

12% of 9,000 pounds will give you a tongue weight of 1,080 pounds.

If you are significantly nose heavy, you may need to relocate some "optional load" (clothes etc) behind the wheels.
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My 24' lite wt Sticker said I had 450 tongue wt By scale 820. I'm on the way to TRUCK stop scales next week for total wt
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Sherline tounge weight scale help

When I had that same scale under the jack foot and cranked the jack to take the weight off the truck it read 200 pounds more than if I lowered the trailer onto the scale.


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