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Old 07-09-2012, 03:31 PM   #1
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Angry Axle Broke, Bearings Fried

I have a 2011 Tracer Executive 3150 BHD, and while coming home from camp, my rear axle cracked, and the wheel bearings fried (not sure which order). However, the dealer doing the axle replacement noticed that the original axles are stamped for 4400lbs GVWR, but the trailer is stamped (on the side) for over 9000lbs GVWR. If I am doing my math right, does this mean that the trailer has a "real" GVWR of 8800lbs? How does a weight distrubition hitch affect this? Since they are going to have to replace the axle, should I insist that they install a 5000lbs axle (or at least 4600lbs or 4700lbs) axle instead "original" 4400lbs axle?
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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You're forgetting about the tongue weight. Usually axle weight ratings plus dry tongue weight equals the camper's GVWR.

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Old 07-09-2012, 03:44 PM   #3
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Thanks, that makes sense, in which case the twin 4400lbs axle would work.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:46 PM   #4
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Just to be fair, when was the last time you weighed your camper?
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:48 PM   #5
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In comparison my 5er has 6k axles and the gvwr is 12o32
my pin weight 1872
12032-1872 = actual weight on axles.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:59 PM   #6
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We weighed going down on the 4th, more on a whim than anything, and we came in at 8940lbs. Since we dumped before we left, we had about the similar weight coming back.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:06 PM   #7
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We weighed going down on the 4th, more on a whim than anything, and we came in at 8940lbs. Since we dumped before we left, we had about the similar weight coming back.
That would be axle weight or total camper weight?

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Edit: FWIW...our camper has 4000 lb axles and a dry pin weight of 1077 lbs for a GVWR of 9077 lbs.
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TV&TT weight minus TV front axle weight.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:23 PM   #9
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TV&TT weight minus TV front axle weight.
How does that give you a trailer weight?

Trailer weight is found by weighing the truck loaded just as you camp (front and rear axles), then weigh the truck and camper connected WITHOUT the WD bars connected (front and rear truck axles plus the camper's axles).

By subtracting the disconnected truck weight from the combined weight you will find the camper's weight and can determine if your truck's rear axle rating has been exceeded; actual tongue weight (front axle plus rear axle loaded minus front axle plus rear axle UN-loaded); and actual camper axle load.

Weigh the combination again WITH the WD bars connected to determine if the truck's GVWR and front axle rating or the camper's axles have been exceeded.

3 weighs on the scale are required to get all useful information. The first weigh costs about 10 bucks and the reweighs cost a buck a piece if done within 24 hours at most scales.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:26 PM   #10
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What does the camper's sticker indicate for GVWR. PTM's site doesn't list camper GVWR...lists UVW and CCC. For your camper it shows UVW of 6995 and CCC of 2755 for a total of 9710 lbs.

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