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Old 09-03-2018, 10:31 AM   #1
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Rockwood geo pro 19fbs and 19fd weight problem

I am 6-7 months away from buying my first RV, looking at small units,the geo pro 19fbs or 19fb are the winners,my problem is understanding weight

The cargo carrying capacity is 898 lbs,if you travel with a full tank of fresh water,37 gallons (310 lbs) two batteries (124 lbs) two full propane tanks (40 lbs) you only get 424 lbs left of carrying capacity, Is that correct?

The second question is about the tongue weight(360 lbs) plus two batteries (124 lbs) plus propane(40 lbs) the tongue weight will be (524 lbs),is that correct?

The third question,The weight you put in the pass through storage affect the tongue weight ?,the fresh water tank full affect the tongue weight ?,

My TV is capable of towing this trailer,i am worried about the tongue weight exceeding 15%
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:17 AM   #2
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1. Yes
2. Yes
3. The majority of the weight in the pass through will be tongue weight. The actual location of the water tank will determine how much weight goes on the tongue.

What is your tv and what are its tow capacity and payload?
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Old 09-03-2018, 03:47 PM   #3
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As discussed in another Geo/E Pro thread, single axle trailers will have high tongue weights, for their size. Tandem axle trailers help distribute the CCC so tongue weights are lower for the size.
And because they are made for those with smaller less-capable tow vehicles, they have low CCC numbers, so they can hit that 3500-3800lbs magic number.
Propane weight is already factored into the dry tongue weight number, so you don't count that.
Question 2, your 524 number is not realistic since loaded for camping, it'll be more.
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thanks for your answers,the good think about being 6-7 month away from buying is that new models are introduced,after my post today i saw the new-no boundaries 16.8,really interesting unit with more CCC,but a smaller fridge
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I have a 16BH and my loaded ready for travel tongue weight is about 620. That is about 16-17%. My propane tanks are about half full as well. It bothers me that the tongue is so heavy and I suspect it is the reason for the porpoising I experience. I have two big dogs in the back of the Acadia and we moved up from 600lb wd bars to 800lb. No airbags or suspension mods yet. We’re contemplating moving up to a GD 21BHE which although is heavier, has the dual axles and possibly a bit lower tongue weight. If we go that route, I plan on adding an aux transmission cooler to further enhance the tow package cooler, better brakes, new struts and probably air bags.
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I have a 16BH and my loaded ready for travel tongue weight is about 620. That is about 16-17%. My propane tanks are about half full as well. It bothers me that the tongue is so heavy and I suspect it is the reason for the porpoising I experience. I have two big dogs in the back of the Acadia and we moved up from 600lb wd bars to 800lb. No airbags or suspension mods yet. We’re contemplating moving up to a GD 21BHE which although is heavier, has the dual axles and possibly a bit lower tongue weight. If we go that route, I plan on adding an aux transmission cooler to further enhance the tow package cooler, better brakes, new struts and probably air bags.
Yep,that was my suspicion, that tongue weight would be over 15%,the new no boundaries 16.8 is heavier, around 3200 lbs and CCC is over 1400 lbs and about the same layout
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:17 PM   #7
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lando50, the G19FD was winner for me at Hershey RV show past weekend, I have one on order. I am thankful I do not have a tow vehicle yet, as like you, my research has discovered the loaded tongue weight will exceed the rated tongue weight of 500 lbs for most mid sized SUV's. I am going larger (used). And will be a pickup. Don't need seating for 8 freaking passengers like these new SUV's have.
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lando50, the G19FD was winner for me at Hershey RV show past weekend, I have one on order. I am thankful I do not have a tow vehicle yet, as like you, my research has discovered the loaded tongue weight will exceed the rated tongue weight of 500 lbs for most mid sized SUV's. I am going larger (used). And will be a pickup. Don't need seating for 8 freaking passengers like these new SUV's have.
For me it is not about going over 500 lbs,but that the tongue weight is gonna be more than 15%,new to the rv wolrd,maybe a WD would take care of that,still researching
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For me it is not about going over 500 lbs,but that the tongue weight is gonna be more than 15%,new to the rv wolrd,maybe a WD would take care of that,still researching
WDH doesn't lower tongue weight, it distributes it.
So if your TV is limited to 500lbs, a WDH won't change that.
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Ford Towing Guide for 2015 models

Dan, since I'm in the market for a used F150, I found this tow guide that lists all the weights/capacities of all the Ford models, even cars.
https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources...Tgde_May19.pdf

Look at page 28. The only models that have a tongue weight allowance that INCREASES with a WDH are the large SUV and P/U lineup. So the tongue weight of 500 lbs on an Explorer AFTER WDH, remains at....500 lbs.

Surprisingly, the F150 only has a 500 lb tongue weight allowance, until you put on the WDH, and then it more than doubles!
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