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Old 02-15-2016, 07:45 AM   #1
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why do dealers post dry weight on the camper

I was at a camper show this past weekend and there were a lot of dealers posting the weight outside of the camper ["I way 4600lbs, I way 10,000, etc. and I seen some people getting excited with 'OOOOO, we can tow this, my truck can tow this', but it was only the dry weight they show. Alot of people weren't even asking if that was dry or gross.

Why don't they show the gross weight of this things and stop getting people excited over something they can't tow?
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Old 02-15-2016, 07:55 AM   #2
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Thats the weights they take or are given by manufacture. Now it's up to you to ask some questions or pick up a brochure which will give you a little more info as far a cargo capacity. and axles weights. Later RJD
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Old 02-15-2016, 07:57 AM   #3
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I would guess because all they care about is making a sale. You as a buyer get excited about something you see that is shiny and new...or new to you, they (dealers) are not going to say..."Oh sorry you cannot pull this because it will be too heavy once loaded." Mainly because I am sure they have no clue either...and that would kill the mood and maybe the sale, instead they get you more excited about the price and blah blah...sad story...just MO
Too bad there isn't some sort of regulation for this(Not that I love regulated things)...but people being safe while towing is more fun for them and the rest of us out there...it's all a numbers game...they sell units to some uneducated people and never look back...
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:06 AM   #4
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I was at a camper show this past weekend and there were a lot of dealers posting the weight outside of the camper ["I way 4600lbs, I way 10,000, etc. and I seen some people getting excited with 'OOOOO, we can tow this, my truck can tow this', but it was only the dry weight they show. Alot of people weren't even asking if that was dry or gross.

Why don't they show the gross weight of this things and stop getting people excited over something they can't tow?
Plenty of dealers could really care less about what you can or can't tow. The way they look at it that's all up to you to figure out. They're in business to sell you a trailer and frankly don't care what you tow it with or if your within all the weight limitations. By listing the dry weights, which is often done at RV shows, people see that and assume as you say "we can tow this"! The dealer is doing nothing wrong......................"technically".

The problem is not with the dealer, it's with the buyer. If you know nothing about the weights and capacities you shouldn't be buying one, let alone towing one down the highway.
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It's definitely scary out there with that people see and think they can tow to reality.
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:16 AM   #6
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Its all in the marketing how many folks would buy a TT that could only carry a few hundred pounds (not a real figure) so they list the empty weight and not the CC or GVW. or folks have a 1/2 ton pickup and the dry weight is in the pull range, but the TT can carry many thousand pounds loaded and would outside the range of the truck. would folks buy that TT knowing they had to have a 3/4 ton truck to pull it.
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:58 PM   #7
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The dry weight or UVW, unloaded vehicle weight, is a great number to have. A trailer may have a UVW of 4,600 pounds and a GVWR (what the axles and tires are rated for) of 7,600 pounds. Who is going to put 3,000 pounds of stuff in their camper? Most people are closer to 1,000 pounds of stuff when camping. Both numbers are part of the equation when contemplating a new camper as is distance to be towed, local or cross country. Whether you live in the Rockies or the plains. There is no one answer for every towing situation. Do your homework and research to make a good decision. Most of all camp safely and
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They quote dry weight because they don't know what you're going to put in it. It will differ for every happy camper.
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The DOT regulations require the dry weight number and everything else on that sticker. What is included or not included is by regulation.
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The dry weight or UVW, unloaded vehicle weight, is a great number to have. A trailer may have a UVW of 4,600 pounds and a GVWR (what the axles and tires are rated for) of 7,600 pounds. Who is going to put 3,000 pounds of stuff in their camper? Most people are closer to 1,000 pounds of stuff when camping. Both numbers are part of the equation when contemplating a new camper as is distance to be towed, local or cross country. Whether you live in the Rockies or the plains. There is no one answer for every towing situation. Do your homework and research to make a good decision. Most of all camp safely and

Dry weight means almost nothing ! But a very few campers have a 3000 lb gross weight over dry weight. Most campers gross weight is usually 1000 to 2500 lbs over dryweight. But do check before you buy.

A lot of people carry 3000-4000 of gear, Us included but again have an idea of what you need to carry. Gross weight is much more important that dry weight will ever be.

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