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Old 03-31-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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Weighed my Rockwood 2306 on a CAT scale

On the way home from our First trip of the season -- Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg CO I stopped at a CAT scale and got a full set of measurements:

Truck and trailer, WDH bars attached:
Front axle: 2840
Rear axle: 2760
Trailer axle: 3780
Total: 9380

Truck and trailer, WDH bars NOT attached:
Front axle: 2640
Rear axle: 3020
Trailer axle: 3700
Total: 9360

Truck alone:
Front axle: 2860
Rear axle: 2320
Total: 5180


From this, I calculated:
Trailer weight: 4200 lbs (9380-5180)
Tongue weight: 480 lbs (2640+3020-5180)
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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So what does it all mean? lol

1) My trailer and tongue weights are below my Honda Ridgeline max (5000lbs and 500lbs respectively)

2) My combined weight is below the Ridgeline GCWR of 10,085 lbs

3) My 2306 delivered "sticker" weight is 3780 and loaded I'm at 4200, so figure I packed 400+ lbs of camping stuff

4) My tongue weight is ~11% of my trailer weight

5) The Equal-i-zer WDH does a great job of distributing the weight to the front truck axle and the trailer axle (measurement #1 vs measurement #2)

6) My truck curb weight is 4537 lbs, and loaded with family, bicycles, etc I'm at 5180 lbs, meaning I added 643 lbs of payload

7) 643 lbs of payload, plus 480 lbs of tongue weight, equals 1123 lbs total payload. The Ridgeline max is 1554 lbs... PHEW!
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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Need to do the same with my combo !
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:01 PM   #4
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Here are my slips. The process was fairly easy -- luckily there were no trucks waiting. Took me a minute to get the scale operator's attention, but once she came on the mic she was really cool. The first weight was $9.50, and the next two were a whopping $1 each.

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Measurement 3:
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:03 PM   #5
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The only discrepancy is the difference in total weight between #1 and #2. The only difference is that I unhooked my bars, which shouldn't have changed the total weight.

The one other thing that hurt my head was what to do with my Equal-i-zer hitch head and bars. I removed them for the truck-only weight (#3), but wasn't sure if I should have left them attached to the truck.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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Great to see you went to the CAT scales. Not to difficult LOL. Interesting just how effective the WDH can be.
From this, I calculated:
Trailer weight: 4200 lbs (9380-5180)
Tongue weight: 480 lbs (2640+3020-5180)

Where did you place the WDH bars on the #2 weighing?
Shouldnt trailer weight = 9360 - 5180 = 4180
tongue weight = 3700(no wdh TT axle) - 4180 = 480

WDH weight distribution of 480:
TV FA = 200
TV RA = 260
TT axle = 80 (confused why isnt this 20.Did you put the bars in the TT?)

Great to have all this info -- now figuring what it all means LOL
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:45 PM   #7
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Thank you for posting this! It's very helpful. A couple questions...did you have any water in your tanks and how much would you guess? Also, was the bed up or down? I would think the bed being up would add to your tongue weight a little.
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Where did you place the WDH bars on the #2 weighing?
Shouldnt trailer weight = 9360 - 5180 = 4180
tongue weight = 3700(no wdh TT axle) - 4180 = 480

WDH weight distribution of 480:
TV FA = 200
TV RA = 260
TT axle = 80 (confused why isnt this 20.Did you put the bars in the TT?
For my second weighing I left everything in place as with the first, EXCEPT I released the bars from the trailer's A-frame brackets. So, the weights for #2 include the weight of the bars themselves (since they're still attached to the shank), but there's no weight distributing effect.
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Thank you for posting this! It's very helpful. A couple questions...did you have any water in your tanks and how much would you guess? Also, was the bed up or down? I would think the bed being up would add to your tongue weight a little.
No water at all, fresh or not-fresh.

Bed was up. We also had a fair amount of stuff (suitcase, RVQ grill, miscellaneous items) loaded just in front of the sofa so they were definitely contributing to the tongue weight.
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Not sure which equalizer you have. Mine is the E2 which has head = 44 and bars(2)= 31 for total of 75. This is directly on the receiver so really isnt part of the trailer weight. In my view. If you left the head on and placed the bars in bed of truck on the #3 weigh in you should get the true tongue weight. Guess this is interpretation of tongue vs hitch weight lol
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