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Old 06-27-2015, 09:20 AM   #1
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832BHIKWS Axles overloaded?

Hi, I'm having difficulty wrapping my head around some numbers for the 832BHIKWS.

Tongue Weight - 1,035 lbs
UVW - 7,821 lbs
GVWR - 9,052 lbs
Cargo Capacity - 1,231 lbs

The axles are rated 4,000 lbs each, so 8,000 lbs combined.
The tires are rated for 2,150 lbs each, so 8,600 lbs combined.

The top four numbers are from Forest River. The tires ratings came from the unit I looked at. I'm assuming the axles are 4,000 lbs.

All the tow vehicles I've looked at require weight distribution hitches and my understanding is 30% of the tongue weight will be distributed to the trailer axles. So 300 lbs of an unloaded trailer's tongue weight on this trailer's axles would over load them buy 121 lbs. Load the trailer up with propane, stuff in the cargo compartment and in the wardrobe and it would be worse.

Am I missing something?

I'm asking because my wife and I have decided to take the plunge into RV camping. We have three young children, rented a Class C for spring break and had a blast. We stayed in St Andrews State Park in Panama City, FL and realized if we wanted to go anywhere else, a motorhome wouldn't work. Being a beach town, there just isn't room to park a motor home and I suspect that's true of most beach towns. Also, breaking camp is a process and we decided a towable trailer would work best for us.

After looking at many 5th wheel toy haulers and travel trailers, we settled on the 832BHIKWS. I've been looking at weight distributing hitches, reading various forums and started delving into the numbers. We have a deposit on a trailer and will be picking it up next week. Our tow vehicle is a 2015 F-350 Crew Cab, SRW, long bed with a hitch rated for 1,900 lbs with a WD hitch, but only 850 lbs with out a WD hitch.

Thank you for any light you can shed on my conundrum.
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Old 06-27-2015, 12:57 PM   #2
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Figure 20% of tongue weight transferred to the trailer. With a family of four I would look at a trailer with a higher cargo capacity. Get at least another 500lbs CCC if not more.

The tires/axles for a lot of Forest River trailers (and other brands) are barely adequate. Keep searching and look at other brands as well.


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Old 06-27-2015, 07:48 PM   #3
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I figured out my mistake. The tongue weight is on the truck not the trailer, so of the 7,821 lbs of empty weight of the trailer only 6,986 lbs are on the trailer's axles.

Now I can go back to figuring out which hitch to buy.
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Old 06-27-2015, 07:57 PM   #4
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Just remember hitch weights do not include full LP bottles or battery. Also if you go with the trailer mentioned the tires are par for the course and have been called China bombs. Later RJD Later RJD
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:32 PM   #5
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Hey trapper, have the very same tt. you will need the equalizer 1400/14000.
It towed surprisingly well taking home from dealer. Headed out Thursday for 600 mile round trip. Hopefully more news to report after that.
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Trailer towed nicely. I did install the firestone air bags in preparation of the trip. The one complaint I had were my brakes are pathetic. I have since made adjustments on them but not much improvement. Hopefully will come up with a solution to my likings.
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