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Old 12-13-2013, 01:59 PM   #21
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Got a follow up call from Wayne at FR to let me know my dealership has contacted them and that FR is getting the parts together to ship out to my dealer.
I was sure to let him know that I appreciated the call to update me, it might have been a little thing but it was nice to get the progress update from them.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:08 PM   #22
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Pardon me jumping in on your discussion related to 356SAQs. We picked up a 2011 Sandpiper 345RET this summer and reading your thread, I'm a bit concerned that I might have the same issue on my model. May I ask a couple of questions? Do you guys know if this 6K vs 7K axle issue only effects your 365's? Next, I'm going to dig into the weights of my 345 this weekend and would like to know where I find the weight identification on the axle...can someone tell me please? I love this forum and am constantly impressed at the brain power that can be found here.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:33 PM   #23
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Pardon me jumping in on your discussion related to 356SAQs. We picked up a 2011 Sandpiper 345RET this summer and reading your thread, I'm a bit concerned that I might have the same issue on my model. May I ask a couple of questions? Do you guys know if this 6K vs 7K axle issue only effects your 365's? Next, I'm going to dig into the weights of my 345 this weekend and would like to know where I find the weight identification on the axle...can someone tell me please? I love this forum and am constantly impressed at the brain power that can be found here.
I've been swapping posts with Helmsey and golfmedik on another forum. To their credit- they haven't told me to bugger off yet.

This 6k vs. 7k axle isn't an issue unless your cargo carrying capacity is so low that it causes you to exceed it. In Helmsey's case, it sounds like his yellow sticker on his camper indicated that he had approximately 1,200 pounds of cargo carrying capacity. In golfmedik's case, he had approximately 965 pounds of cargo carrying capacity. In each case, their actual scaled weights came in heavier by 200 pounds for Helmsey and 100 pounds for golfmedik. It is then compounded by their desire to carry a full tank of water which comes in roughly at 500 pounds. For a camper that is supposed to sleep 10+, having such a low amount of cargo carrying capacity is pert near impossible to not exceed. In their cases, increasing the axle capacity by 2,000 pounds is going to give them the breathing room that their camping plans require.

In your case, I would not immediately crawl under your camper and inspect your axles. Instead, I would start with what your yellow sticker says that you have as cargo carrying capacity. For instance, here's a random sticker for a 2011 345RET:


If you squint a little and do the conversion to see, this camper has 1,171 kg (or 2,582 pounds) of cargo carrying capacity. Even if you fully fill this fresh water tank (I'm estimating it matches current campers at 64 gallons), you still have 2,000 pounds of cargo carrying capacity regardless if it has 6k or 7k axles. It has sufficient cargo carrying capacity.

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Also, my rig had the generator prep on it as they knew I was putting one on it, thereby further reducing my CCC. If you have a CC of around 1800 pounds you should be set. Our rigs were overweight when we put our basic camping supplies in it, BEFORE we put any clothes or weekend supplies.
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Pardon me jumping in on your discussion related to 356SAQs. We picked up a 2011 Sandpiper 345RET this summer and reading your thread, I'm a bit concerned that I might have the same issue on my model. May I ask a couple of questions? Do you guys know if this 6K vs 7K axle issue only effects your 365's? Next, I'm going to dig into the weights of my 345 this weekend and would like to know where I find the weight identification on the axle...can someone tell me please? I love this forum and am constantly impressed at the brain power that can be found here.
No problem jumping in, thats why I post here (and other) public forums, so others can possibly be helped.
The axle should have a tag\sticker on it that will tell what the weight rating is but you will have to crawl under the camper to see it. An easy way to tell is the 5200\6000lbs axles are 6 lug where the 7000lbs axles are 8 lug.
As far as if it's an issue with your camper, only the scales can tell you that for sure.
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:34 PM   #26
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Yep, I had gleaned from the thread that 6K was 6 lug and 7K was 8. But did not know there was a sticker on the axle, thanks. I'll climb under the Piper tomorrow and verify from the sticker. We are planning a trip out west next July and I want to fully understand the weight/balance and insure I'm not overloading anything.
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Getting weighed a couple of times with various loading that are typical for you is the best thing to do. Pretty easy - just make sure you do 2 weights each time (truck + camper and truck only). The worst part can be parking among the big rigs.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:46 PM   #28
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Update Time...
I talked to my dealer today and they have 2 new axles, 5 new wheels, and 5 new tires waiting for me. I will be taking it in Monday, assuming I finally get the rest of my hitch, to get the work done. The one thing we were not sure on is if they sent new weight placards for the 5er. If I remember right golfmedic got new ones with his. The lady at the dealer said that they should have sent them and if they don't have them now they will call and request them.
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Helmsey. You mentoned you will need more truck in your future...
Your sig says F-450, but photo was a GM, did you swicthc trucks to the GM from the 450?
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Helmsey. You mentoned you will need more truck in your future...
Your sig says F-450, but photo was a GM, did you swicthc trucks to the GM from the 450?
Yes, that is correct. I traded the GM for the Ford in December after the picture was taken. This is what it will look like now (no hitch, just measuring)



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