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Old 06-03-2015, 06:19 PM   #1
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How accurate is the gvwr?

Reason I ask is I have a tracer air 250. According to my tires load rating, they can support 7k pounds. The axles however are 2800 pounds each. I've been googling and it seems as though dexter does not make a 2800 pound axle, only 3500 pound units. They have a disclaimer that mounting equipment, tires, and wheels will determine the actual load carrying capacity based off the lowest rated factor.

So my question is, what is that factor? Is it the aluminum wheels, Springs, or maybe just a huge safety margin on the tires? My yellow sticker says I have just 951 pounds of cargo capacity and that includes weight if propane. So after I subtract 267 pounds for water and 140 for my dual 6v batteries, I'm left with a little over 500 pounds for cargo.

I'm mentally weighing the tools, chairs, grill, food in the fridge, pots and pans, etc, and am at or over the gvwr of 6085 loaded up for camping. Could I jump to a higher weighted tire and get more capacity, or is it the structural frame of the trailer itself that will break if I add more weight/gear? The 255 model had substantially more cargo capacity and weighs similiar, which had me thinking axles were the limiting factor but if I truly have 3500 pound axles shouldn't I be good for 7k ish pounds gvwr?
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Old 06-03-2015, 06:32 PM   #2
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Old 06-03-2015, 06:36 PM   #3
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Propane is "not" included in the uvw.

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We've only had it out twice, but I plan on greasing the ez-lube zerks before my next trip this weekend or the next. Are you saying that by towing at the gvwr I'm going to have premature hub failure? Most of our camping is dry so I'll be carrying water allot.
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Maybe it was battery weight that was included but one of the two was. If neither, then I'd be overweight with no supplies or camp gear on board which is kinda ubsurd for a trailer that can sleep 8..... Now if I had a realistic safety cushion up to 7k or even 6500 pounds I wouldn't sweat it.
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Maybe it was battery weight that was included but one of the two was. If neither, then I'd be overweight with no supplies or camp gear on board which is kinda ubsurd for a trailer that can sleep 8..... Now if I had a realistic safety cushion up to 7k or even 6500 pounds I wouldn't sweat it.
Battery is also not included in uvw.

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Website contradicts your numbers by a bunch?
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Per primetimes website, the tracer air 255 had a CCC of 2582 pounds with a UVW of 5038 pounds. It also has higher exterior height and is shorter than the 250. Does that mean it has 4k pound axles?
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Well I stopped by the trailer storage lot after work today, took a picture of the tag on my axles and it says rated capacity 2800. Dexter Axle part number 4330537 built in 9/15/14, so they do indeed manufacture these low weight rating axles. Makes me wonder how much heavier the 3500 pound axles are, or if I can upgrade without having to change my mounting hardware.
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And despite what PrimeTime's website says my CCC is, the yellow sticker as weighed from the factory attached to my trailer is as follows:

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