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Old 03-13-2012, 04:54 PM   #1
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Weight Specs Request

Does anyone have the official manufacturer weight specs for a 2002 Salem 30BHSS? Specifically, I am looking for the following:

- Dry Weight
- GTWR
- Dry tongue weight

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Old 03-13-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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Does anyone have the official manufacturer weight specs for a 2002 Salem 30BHSS? Specifically, I am looking for the following:

- Dry Weight Means nothing, please do yourself a big favor and forget this mythical number
- GTWR
- Dry tongue weight. Again, totally meaningless.

Thank you!!

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What you need to look at is the trailers GVWR. This can be found by looking on the tag on the trailers Left front corner. This tag will also give you the axles size under the trailer, the original equipment tires.
From that you can calculate what your tongue weight will be. Generally speaking tongue weight will be 12-15% of the trailers loaded ready to camp weight. So without loading it and going to the scales, using 15% of the GVWR you will have a relatively close safe number to determine if you have sufficient tow vehicle. Which is probably what you are asking about in the first place.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:55 PM   #3
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Don covered the answer quite well.

Here is a calculator that might also help you out.
Travel Trailer Weight Calculator
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:11 PM   #4
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a lot of times the weight ratings will be inside the unit on the back side of a cupboard door.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:03 PM   #5
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here's specs for the 2004 Salem line, which should be close since the same model number is there:

2004 Forest River SALEM (EAST COAST) - Travel Trailer | RVWeb.com

just in case you can't get there:

2004 Salem 30BHSS

"dry" weight- 7055lbs.
GVWR- 11,130 lbs.
"dry" tongue weight- 970lbs.

agree that the "dry" numbers aren't of much use. the actual tongue weight will be well over 1,000lbs.
figure that it'll weigh at least 8500lbs. loaded for camping
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Thank you everyone for the comments and information! We decided the F-150 just wasn't going to cut it, and pulled the trigger on a TV upgrade this weekend! Happy days ahead!
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