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Don’t forget the extra outside fridge. And enough chaired for a small concert. And then a full size hammock with sand just in case! Not to mention tools you may need. Charcoal and charcoal grille. It all adds up!


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Years ago tinkering with marginal tow vehicles, Chevy Colorado at that time, we actually scaled weighed every single item we put in trailer.

With a family of 5 and a dog we ended up with 1492 lbs completely stocked and our trailer ended up weighing 18 lbs shy of GVWR.....Still have the note pad.

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kellem - that is the perfect example I needed. Thank you.

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After 5 years an 40,000 towing miles at or even a bit over the max cargo limit, I cannot say that I notice much change in towing performance.

I can say that towing at or near the trucks full capacity, does increase the over all wear and tear on tires, shocks, brakes and even the suspension.

But that is the price you pay for heavy vehicle use. The CAT scale numbers simply allow you to know where you stand weight wise.

Also on long trips gasoline, water, food and such can cause significant weight variations.


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The gas I accounted for as I weighed it on a CAT scale with tank full.

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I weighed our trailer on the way home from the dealer. 4180#
Sticker dry weight 3885#
Brochure dry weight 3850#
Loaded weight 5000#
Gross weight 6200#
2 people 1 wee dog
We are 1150# added to the published dry weight and 820# over scaled weight. That’s a significant difference of 330#.
Just to give you an idea of what the manufacturer says and the real world.


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kellem wrote:

Years ago tinkering with marginal tow vehicles, Chevy Colorado at that time, we actually scaled weighed every single item we put in trailer.

With a family of 5 and a dog we ended up with 1492 lbs completely stocked and our trailer ended up weighing 18 lbs shy of GVWR.....Still have the note pad.


I did similar but in REVERSE. After CAT Scaling my TT with my former TV, I found out I was over TT GAWR & TV rear GAWR. So I pulled out a lot of stuff out of the TT and some from the TV, weighing it all. Then I could subtract those weights from the CAT values to make sure I should be under all the weight limits. Did have to estimate firewood load I stopped hauling. Still need to scale the TT with the new TV.

Going from towing at 96% GCWR to 65% GCWR makes towing a comparative dream!

* This post was edited 08/07/20 12:05pm by Boomerweps *


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