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Old 05-25-2016, 08:30 AM   #1
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Just put "Big Sexy" on the scale

Big Sexy is what I named my 2016 XLR 29HFS that we picked up 1st week of April.

Sunday we were coming back from a BBQ contest in SC and stopped for diesel at a QT truck stop. Scale was right there and not a lot of trucks in the parking lot. Based on info in other threads on this forum I ran in and told the gal I wanted to weigh my camper and that I was a newbie. She was very polite and told me what to do.

Ran it other the scales 3 times and this is what I got. We had left home with a full water tank, 1,000lb smoker in the garage and all the gear that goes with us. TV is a 2006 F250 extended cab

#1 weigh - Truck and camper with WDH on
4,000 Truck steer axle
4,360 Truck drive axle
9,040 Camper
17,400 Total

#2 weigh - Truck and camper with WDH off and bars in the truck bed
3,680 Truck steer axle
4,840 Truck drive axle
8,840 Camper
17,460 Total

#3 weigh - Truck
4,260 Truck steer axle
3,080 Truck drive axle

7,340 Total

I think I need to get some more weight onto the steer axle. It does feel a little light sometimes going over multiple bumps.
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:01 PM   #2
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Assuming I'm awake... Trailer is 10,120# (my 29 would be overweight at that) tongue weight 1180#... With WDH your truck is a total of 9440# (my 2500 Ram would be overweight at that). It does look like you could put more tension on those bars. What I do is I measure the front fender of the truck to the ground with the truck only then after hooking up the trailer and adding wdh I measured again and I try to make it the same.
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Old 05-26-2016, 09:12 AM   #3
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Hey Dave how did your first comp go?

I've been packing my Wolf Pack all week waiting to head to the Roc City Rib fest tomorrow. I'm going to run my set up over the scales before I go, curious to see what all this crap weighs. lol
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Old 05-26-2016, 09:47 AM   #4
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Damn, I thought you were about to make a huge marital mistake.

As a KCBS BBQ competitor, I am also interested in your results and what smoker you are using. Hope you got a call.
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Old 05-26-2016, 02:39 PM   #5
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Proper weight distribution means that all of the weight lost from the front axle with no WD is returned. With your bars engaged you are a bit light on the front so the solution is to put more tension on the bars. This can be done by adjusting the chains one more link if chains are what you have, or adding a washer to the head angle adjustment if your have an Equalizer or similar. If you are already maxed out on these adjustments, then you need a higher capacity hitch. When the hitch is properly adjusted, you will find the ride (less porpoising) and handling much improved.
Measuring the change at the front fender is at best only a guide. The proper way to get the correct adjustment is a visit to the scales just as you have done.

Good luck
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Old 05-28-2016, 04:35 PM   #6
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Hey Dave how did your first comp go?

I've been packing my Wolf Pack all week waiting to head to the Roc City Rib fest tomorrow. I'm going to run my set up over the scales before I go, curious to see what all this crap weighs. lol
Good luck! We are at the National BBQ Cup in Nashville. Awards in 30 mins!!!
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Old 05-28-2016, 04:37 PM   #7
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Thanks! Going to take some measurements this weekend. I think the ball on my hitch is a little low.

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Proper weight distribution means that all of the weight lost from the front axle with no WD is returned. With your bars engaged you are a bit light on the front so the solution is to put more tension on the bars. This can be done by adjusting the chains one more link if chains are what you have, or adding a washer to the head angle adjustment if your have an Equalizer or similar. If you are already maxed out on these adjustments, then you need a higher capacity hitch. When the hitch is properly adjusted, you will find the ride (less porpoising) and handling much improved.
Measuring the change at the front fender is at best only a guide. The proper way to get the correct adjustment is a visit to the scales just as you have done.

Good luck
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Old 05-28-2016, 04:39 PM   #8
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It a Deep South GC-28 which is a gravity feed built here in GA. The builder says it weighs 850lbs but I think its closer to 1110lb... so that is why I'm over weight on the trailer.

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Damn, I thought you were about to make a huge marital mistake.

As a KCBS BBQ competitor, I am also interested in your results and what smoker you are using. Hope you got a call.
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