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Old 08-04-2019, 11:26 PM   #1
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Are we all overweight?

Well..we packed up “Harvey” our 2016 Sunseeker 2400R for a three and 1/2 week trip to the Canadian Rockies. We left home in the Napa Valley and I decided we should stop at a CAT scale in Williams just off Hwy 5. We had a pretty full tank of diesel and a full tank of fresh water (I knew that might be a bad idea!).
Well we weighed in at 11,520. Oh oh. GVWR on all of these is listed as 11,030. 490 pounds overweight.
We are still under the max load for the tires front and rear per the door jam sticker. Front came in at 3880 and rear at 7640. The door jam lists front max of 4410 and rear at 7720. I know I can drop about 250 pounds by running the water tank mostly empty so that’s the first step. I only weigh 165 and my DW is considerable less than that so no diet jokes please.
We also carry two mountain bikes on the back so that’s about 75 pounds.

So two questions. Is this pretty normal or is our Harvey in trouble?
I could probably live without about another 100 pounds of stuff but not willing to get rid of the 10 bottles of wine or so we carry.
What do others do to reduce weight or do you even bother?

Thanks for any replies!
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:35 AM   #2
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If you have a wood slider to bedroom it weighs a bit. Got rid of mine. I have a Solera 24 R. Some people change their shower door out for lighter material if they have glass.
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:38 AM   #3
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If you have a wood slider to bedroom it weighs a bit. Got rid of mine. I have a Solera 24 R. Some people change their shower door out for lighter material if they have glass.


Thanks. I forgot to mention that I also took out that Heavy slider door already! Still have the shower door though.
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:39 AM   #4
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I found that I needed to up the tire pressure to 71 psi (cold). Front tires had wear on both inside and outside edges. (Yes, I'm 500# over as well, on my 2400R). PS - I've got SumoSprings on all 4 corners.
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:25 AM   #5
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TomAR. Interesting. I am running 70 psi in the rear and 61 in the front. Smothers Mercedes in Santa Rosa ( yes, that Smothers) just did an alignment and installed adjustable camber bolts, then my local tire shop rebalanced all 6 wheels. I have about 18,000 miles on my rig and what a difference it made. I have Sumos on the back but just the bump stop model not the axel attached type. Front tires were wearing on the outside and the Mercedes dealer said they see it all the time and this camber adjustments should fix it. Harvey now drives very straight and true.
So what is the real risk with being overweight but under tire capacity?
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Afternoon all!

I'm in the process or ordering some suspension upgrades for out 2017 Prism 2150LE and was wondering if you went with the 900lb or the 1400lb rated SumoSprings for the rear of your MBS?

just concerned that the 1400lb Sumos might make the ride a little too stiff for comfort?

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Old 08-05-2019, 01:04 PM   #7
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as a former Rialta owner I can only say that tire pressure and Sumo springs wont change anything on GVWR. In case of crash your insurance will certainly refuse if your weight is over the specified GVWR.
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I went with the SumoSpring SSF-106-40, (500#) on the front. I was afraid the -47 (1000#) might be too stiff.
On the rears, SSR-336-60-1. Not sure of the the weight rating, but they were stiffer than those listed on the website. Call and talk to them. I went with the stiffer because I don't ever expect to run the RV 'lightly' loaded.
Current trip to/in Alaska has been a real test. All's well, so far. Some (paved) roads are just REAL rough.
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:19 PM   #9
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This topic caught my eye because I always fancied myself a minimalist...that is until a few days ago as I was off loading our larger travel trailer and gearing up the new smaller TT we just purchased. As I picked up each item, I said to myself, "Have we ever used this, or do we really need it?". The NO pile was tremendous! Not 490 lbs. worth, but gutting out unnecessary stuff is a good start.
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MANY (most?) B and C class motorhomes have VERY limited carrying capacity and, it's NOT hard for an RV to be overweight in one or more parameters. This problem is also common on many trailers. The RVSEF has been weighing RVs for well over a decade now. They report that OVER 50% of the rigs they "Smart Weigh" are overweight in at one parameter and, many are overweight in MORE than one parameter. CAT Scales can give a false sense of safety. You really NEED to get EACH WHEEL POSITION weighed (which is what Smart Weigh does).
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