Originally Posted by Phil57
You can tell the chassis by the step in the bath or bedroom depending on the model. The XCR the R stands for raised rail and will have a full pass through basement. The Legacy has a limited pass through. I don't see a 36' Berkshire listed on the on line brochure. They are two different chassis. The GVW listed on the Legacy is 10500 FA 17500 RA gvwr at 33000. The hitch lists a 10000lb but only a capacity of 5000lb. I can tell you that the 2500 Allison Transmission limits the GVCW to 33,000. The totals don't sound right. Thats why I say to weigh the MH BEFORE you buy it. Consider the mission for the MH and buy the MH that will work for you. Do not trust anything but the scale.You will put somewhere around 800-1000 lbs of gear in the MH. add the weight of water at 8lbs per gal most likely carry around 40 gal or so. It all adds up. The Legacy is a beautiful MH and worth a close look.
Another look at the Berkshire i see the GVW listing is 29500 reflecting the beefed up FA to 12000. This is the same chassis as the 2008-2013. The FA was updated but is still limited on the 340 HP 2500 Allison transmission to 33000.
I know that FR moves faster in the engineering dept than the marketing dept can update the brochures so the info I have access to could not be correct. If you want to know what chassis you have call Freightliner and give them the VIN. they will give you all the info you want.
I did confirm this today with freightliner since it is their chassis. They reaffirmed the 28k gvw. I know we won't be pushing it that hard and I will know my exact weights next week.
Based on 40 gallons water, full diesel, propane, gear from old coach have a good idea from previous weighing and myself, wife and kids I'm expecting it to weigh in right around 25k and this is based on the dry weight of 21800 confirmed by freightliner. Our toad is 4200. We should be good.
I will post the weights when I get them.
The Legacy has the 2500 tranny as well thus the higher weights. Most other branded coaches of similar size have the 2100 tranny limiting them to 26k/30k
You are correct about the 10k hitch but really only have about 5k to play with maybe a bit more depending on how close you load it to the gvw.