a lot lately. Like many (most?) owners, I did not weigh my Casita
when I picked it up at the factory. In a daze of optimistic acceptance I began my calculations with the factory estimate and took it from there.
On this last trip I had two friends with access to scales and took them up on offers to use them. Both are certified commercial scales. First I weighed my truck, an F150 X-cab with 8-foot bed and f/g cap. 6070 pounds. Eee-yow! I max out, according to the manual, at 6250. This weight
did NOT include about 140 pounds of stuff that usually rides in the truck but had been left at the campsite. The neccesity of truck-diet began to loom. The weight
of the truck surprised and worried me quite a bit.
Next I weighed the truck on my other friend's scale, which would take only one axle
at a time. I got 3180 for the front and 2820 for the back, for a total of 6000 pounds. This made both scales read almost exactly the same as I had run some gas out of it since the first weighing
Finally, ready for the road and with Otra in tow, I returned to the single axle
scale to weigh the whole rig as I was going to be (and had been) traveling with it. Front axle
weighed 3060, rear axle (trailer attached) weighed 3500, and the trailer axle weighed 2780. That total of 9340 was about a ton lighter than my specified maximum combined GVW, so I was OK on that score. But my truck was about 300 pounds over. I figured my tongue weight was about 410 pounds, and thus the actual weight of the trailer (2003 17' SD w/ everything) was 3190.
So far I have managed to triage out about 150 pounds from the truck and the search continues.
I just thought I would share these weights with the group. I was also wondering how these figures squared with those of others who have gone through the weighing