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Old 05-25-2014, 04:49 PM   #1
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Coach Weights. Yikes ... Help!

I want to buy a Cedar Creek 36CKTS ... tricked out with most of the factory-available options, and then add a hefty solar system. The published coach weight limits (in lbs) are:
GVWR: 16,500

Ship Weight: 12,230

Cargo Capacity: 4,270

Hitch Weight: 2,500

As I understand it, the 'Cargo Capacity' must include/presume the weight of:
full tanks (waters (fresh, gray, black);
propane;

any installed options/accessories ... or the difference in the weight of an option from the weight of the item that comes stock in the coach (like a mattress upgrade);

people weight and all of the stuff to do life in the coach (food; clothes; tools; equipment; etc.)

So I float around the Internet and get the actual ... or close enough ... weights for the factory-offered options I want. Then fill the tanks full at about 8 pounds a gallon, and add it all up. The total is 3,876 lbs ... before a person or bottle of wine climbs aboard. So 394 lbs available for everything else. My partner's nail polish will weigh more than this!

Am I just not get'n it ... but would Cedar Creek offer options that pretty much max out the GVWR? What am I missing?

I'm new to fifth wheels, and haven't signed any dotted-lines yet for truck or coach. This whole weight thing makes me nervous. Any advice and insights very much appreciated.

Thanks,

John
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Old 05-25-2014, 05:26 PM   #2
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Those weight are not real world. Each unit comes with an out the door weight sticker with the actual weight of the unit. It includes propane but not water. You don't include people weight cause they are not in the trailer when towing. Save that thought for your tow vehicle. That will be the next dilemma.
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Ahhh ... so does the GVWR only matter when you're towing? I was told by my dealer that the GVWR is how much weight the "frame" can support ... matters not if sitting or rolling. If it just applies to 'rolling,' then one resolution would be to drive with near-empty tanks ... yes? ... (but not always possible if you've been out boondocking).

Thanks for the help!
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:40 PM   #4
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Up to you

Rethink the tanks your not going to travel with "all" tanks full. The amount of stuff you bring along will have a impact on weight. As an example If you are going full time and feel the need to bring every tool you've ever owned then you will have a lot of weight allowance tied up in something you may not need. If you read on many newby forums you will find a lot of people repack after they have been out awhile realizing they have to much unneeded stuff. You will not really know until you load it up.
About solar keep in mind if you get the residential refrigerator the amount solar capacity you will need is large. I have one and have pondered getting solar but just don't know at this time if it is worth it. Remember that even with solar you will still a generator for those cloudy days.
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Ahhh ... so does the GVWR only matter when you're towing? I was told by my dealer that the GVWR is how much weight the "frame" can support ... matters not if sitting or rolling. If it just applies to 'rolling,' then one resolution would be to drive with near-empty tanks ... yes? ... (but not always possible if you've been out boondocking).

Thanks for the help!
The frame does have it's limits however the GVWR is determined by the entire unit. The GVWR is the number represented by the "weakest link". That would include tires, wheels, axles, springs, king pin box and all of their respective mounting systems. If the frame itself was the issue, the level-up system would not be able to lift the entire unit as it is mounted to the frame. I would not say that the GVWR does not matter when the unit is static however the chances of a catastrophic failure due to overweight are almost non exhistant when compared to the stressors of hurtling down the road. Balancing your load to the extent possible and staying within your units limitations are best ways to RV safely.

Wanderer69's post is also spot-on. If you would like to see some solar numbers take a look at Zamp Solar.
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It's rolling down the road weight.

A carrying capacity of 4,000+ pounds is tremendous- there are many campers that have a lot less.

My wife and I are the "pack everything and extras" type. We generally run with about 3,000 pounds of stuff over the advertised dry weight (options, some water in tanks, our stuff, etc.).
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The gvwr makes me nervous too, we are taking a short trip this weekend with a large group of friends and it's got me nervous for sleeping arrangements as everyone wants to stay with us since it's a one night trip. My husband thinks I'm crazy but I am not so sure it's a good idea. Our TT says it sleeps 10, there will be 9 adults.

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The gvwr makes me nervous too, we are taking a short trip this weekend with a large group of friends and it's got me nervous for sleeping arrangements as everyone wants to stay with us since it's a one night trip. My husband thinks I'm crazy but I am not so sure it's a good idea. Our TT says it sleeps 10, there will be 9 adults.

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Like Ependydad said, its 'rolling down the road' weight. For all those people, space and privacy will be your biggest concern!
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The gvwr makes me nervous too, we are taking a short trip this weekend with a large group of friends and it's got me nervous for sleeping arrangements as everyone wants to stay with us since it's a one night trip. My husband thinks I'm crazy but I am not so sure it's a good idea. Our TT says it sleeps 10, there will be 9 adults.

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We just slept 11 in my camper last week - 4 adults, 7 kids from 2 to 17 years old.

We regularly sleep 6 in 4 adults, 2 kids.

Don't fret, go have fun!
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It will be interesting, that's for sure haha but I'm a worrier, and I'm just invisioning the camper tipping over in the middle of the night, my husband has about had it with my craziness haha

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