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Old 09-05-2016, 09:33 AM   #1
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Lexi 283ts Weight at Scales

For those of you with a Lexi 283ts on the E-450 chassis, this is the weight of our 2012, which was weighed back when we got her in 2013.
It was weighed with a full tank of gas, 1/2 tank of fresh water, full propane, all the cooking stuff we carry, Weber grill, clothing, tools I carry, ect ect. Only items we didn't have in it at the time was food.
Also included was me (185) and wife (125).
Front was 4200 lbs.
Rear was 8360 lbs
Total was 12,660 lbs
Weight rating for the E-450 is 14,500 lbs. So you can see that there was still over 1800 lbs I could still load up without hitting any restrictions.
Didn't weigh it side to side.
This is ment as a guide only, and is just the weight of our rig, set up for two people.
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:44 PM   #2
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2006 Lexington 283 GTS 29'

Maybe I need to get mine weighed again.

Full tank of gas, 1/2 tank of fresh water, 1/2 tank of propane and the rear was 9260 LBs, almost 900 lbs more than your's?????. Front is 3900 lbs.
I got it weighed for free at a rock quarry so maybe its not accurate so they can charge the customer more money for heavier loads.
Next time I'll try a truck stop.

Still getting it set up and ready for our first trip so not fully loaded yet.

It'll be another week or two before the mechanic is finished with the air bags, sway bar bushings,lubing all tie rod ends, new shocks, and Safe T Plus stabilizer, Having it done by mechanic friend on his off time. Then to the alignment shop.

Afterwards, I will finish loading it up and get it weighed again.
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:00 PM   #3
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For those of you with a Lexi 283ts on the E-450 chassis, this is the weight of our 2012, which was weighed back when we got her in 2013.
It was weighed with a full tank of gas, 1/2 tank of fresh water, full propane, all the cooking stuff we carry, Weber grill, clothing, tools I carry, ect ect. Only items we didn't have in it at the time was food.
Also included was me (185) and wife (125).
Front was 4200 lbs.
Rear was 8360 lbs
Total was 12,660 lbs
Weight rating for the E-450 is 14,500 lbs. So you can see that there was still over 1800 lbs I could still load up without hitting any restrictions.
Didn't weigh it side to side.
This is ment as a guide only, and is just the weight of our rig, set up for two people.
Grumpy

Today had it weighed with certified scales by the Escapee RV club SmartWeigh program.

I'm 225 lb wife 106 lbs.

Gas tank full, Propane full, fresh water 2/3 rds full which is 120 lbs (or more) too much to be driving with. I also had 5 gals in the grey tank and 5 gals in the black tank.

No food in the refrig or cabinets nor did I have any clothes in it but we added a 5 gal water container which is approx 42 lbs so that should equal clothes and some food.

The storage compartments are no where near full and there's no heavy compressor either.

Right front tire = 2000 lbs - Left front tire = 2050 lbs
Total front axle = 4600 lbs

Right Rear tire = 4650 lbs - Left rear tire = 4850 lbs
Total rear axle = 9450 which is 50 lbs over ( need to reduce fresh water a lot )

Total RV height at highest point was 10'-10" not the 10-7 listed in the manual.

Firestone Rear only Air Bags set at 70 driver side and 30 psi passengers side makes it almost level

Tires - Hankook Dynapro RH-12, HT, 225/75r/ 16 LT

Michelin chart (no Hankook available) shows tire pressures should be 55 psi front and 80 psi rears.

https://www.michelinb2b.com/wps/b2bc...re.pdf#page=20

Big difference in our weights and I don't know why because we don't have anything in the front over head cabinets, the cabinets above the dinette and couch, nothing in the kitchen cabinets, nothing in the drawers under the dinette seats and our storage areas are not packed full either.

But it drove great and we got 8.7 mpg up and down the mountains for 140 miles.
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Old 10-14-2016, 06:50 PM   #4
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New weight chart after adding a tow DOLLY and Toyota Camry.

When weighed I had 5 gals of fresh water, 5 gals of water to simulate clothing and food, full propane, full gas tank, 5 gals grey and 5 gals black tank. Misc items in outside storage compartments. I will attach a copy of my Smart Weigh diagram.

You'll note the front end wheel well height is 32-1/4 on both sides which is 1/4" higher with the tow dolly and our Toyota Camry added. Adding the tow dolly lightened the front end by 200lbs.

The rear is different on both sides. The drivers side is 32" high with 80 psi in the rear air bags and the passengers side is 32-1/4" with 40 psi in the air bags. I didn't want to take anymore air out of the passengers side air bags.

Even with the camper fairly empty I'm still almost 275 lbs over the rear axle max weight.

According to the tire charts I should be running 55 psi in the fronts but i added another 5 lbs as a cushion. Rears are at max 80 psi.

I'm almost 500 lbs away from the max GVWR of 14050 lbs.

My only solution is to put more stuff in the trunk of the tow vehicle and move as much stuff inside to the front but as you know there's not a lot of big storage there.

If I wanted to boon dock I'd be running with full fresh water and would be super over weight.

Despite all this it drives great, at 8.7 mpg with out towing and 6 mpg towing the
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Old 10-14-2016, 07:14 PM   #5
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Tomorrow I'll dig out the paper from the Cat scales when I had our Lexi weighed. Try to copy it to here.
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Great, I'd love to compare them.

This is the OEM spec's for my 2006

GVWR - 14050 lbs
GAWRR- 9450 lbs
GAWRF- 4600 lbs
GCWR - 20,000 lbs
UVW - 12,410 lbs
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Old 10-14-2016, 08:51 PM   #7
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I had the same issue when I added a tow dolly on my sunseeker. I found a formula for how much of the tongue weight gets added to the rear and taken off the front. In my case it was 1.6 pounds added to the rear and .6 pounds taken off the front for every pound of tongue weight.

You can see the formula here.
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Old 10-16-2016, 10:19 AM   #8
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Here's weight slip from our Lexi 283ts, May 17, 2014.
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Old 10-16-2016, 03:12 PM   #9
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Here's weight slip from our Lexi 283ts, May 17, 2014.
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I don't understand how my almost empty RV can weigh almost a thousand pounds more than yours but it is what it is and drives fine so I'll just keep an eye on it. Thanks for sharing the info.
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