Trailer Weights in the Real World - Page 12 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-07-2012, 04:41 PM   #155
Member
 
Name: Rick
Trailer: 1973 Bugeyed Boler
British Columbia
Posts: 50
Registry
13 foot Boler weight

I thought I would add the weight of my trailer loaded. 1973 Boler 13 foot trailer fully loaded with fridge, 20 lb propane tank, battery and porta potty. No water was on board, but loaded with food and clothes. This Boler has a one piece fiberglass floor (not plywood or chip board). I have weighed this twice at 1230 lb axle and 120 lb tongue for a total of
1350 lbs total. We travel light and load our Honda CRV with cooler and Misc items. We also have to be careful not to overload the rear axle of the car by adding too much weight. We keep under the 1500 lb towing capacity and the maximum weight in the car. We have weighed our trailer on the highway scales in BC when open or closed. They are more than accommodating when open. (our tax dollars pay for this)
__________________

__________________
rhkirkham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 05:04 PM   #156
Senior Member
 
Bonnie and Claude's Avatar
 
Name: Bonnie and Claude
Trailer: N/A
Ontario
Posts: 224
Registry
Think our weight will be close to yours Rick as we started out with a 1050 lb 13' foot Boler with 120 lb tongue weight and don't carry water on board. Our floor is carpeted with no wood underlay but the front-end dinette has a wood frame and plywood top and sub-floor. Our goal is to keep it under 1500 lbs. We have weighed everything we added and are currently at 1373 lbs (excluding food). We didn't make it to the local weigh station after picking it up from the fellow who did the modifications but plan to stop at the first weigh station we come to on our next trip. Will be interesting to see how closely our calculations are to reality.
__________________

__________________
Bonnie and Claude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 05:05 PM   #157
Senior Member
 
Bonnie and Claude's Avatar
 
Name: Bonnie and Claude
Trailer: N/A
Ontario
Posts: 224
Registry
Thanks for the spreadsheet with tow vehicles Frederick. It is interesting to see the trailer and TV combinations.
__________________
Bonnie and Claude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 11:21 AM   #158
Senior Member
 
Jim_B's Avatar
 
Name: Jim
Trailer: 2009 Escape
Oregon
Posts: 139
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frederick L. Simson View Post
I was going through my paperwork and found some copies of recent forms that have that information.
The older forms were discarded and that Tow Vehicle data is lost.
I will match up the tow vehicle data with the line item in the spreadsheet in this post for the records that I do have.

ITEM_LENGTH_MAKE_______MODEL________AXLE__TONGUE__ __TOTAL_____TOW VEHICLE
07___13_____U-Haul_____CT13_________1260_____180_____1440______2 001 Chrysler PT Cruiser
10___12.5___WeisCraft__Little Joe___1380_____180_____1560______2007 Honda Odyssey
16___13_____Scamp______Standard_____1480_____240__ __1720______2007 Honda Accord
17___13_____Hunter_____Compact Jr___1600_____150_____1750______1997 Toyota RAV4
21___13_____Scamp______Standard_____1720_____230__ __1950______2006 Hyundai Tuscon
25___16_____Casita_____Standard_____1780_____240__ __2020______2003 Ford Ranger
26___14_____Surfside___EEE-TM14_____1880_____240_____2120______2007 Toyota Tundra
31___13_____Casita_____Patriot______2280_____280__ __2560______2004 Chevrolet SSR
33___16_____Scamp______SideBath_____2400_____200__ __2600______2007 Subaru Outback
37___19_____Bonaire____Oxygen_______2420_____320__ __2740______2007 Hyundai Santa Fe
43___17_____Escape_____Plan B_______2560_____320_____2880______2009 Ford Ranger
57___17_____Casita_____Freedom______2760_____420__ __3180______2007 Toyota Rav4
59___17_____Casita_____Freedom______2880_____360__ __3240______2000 Dodge Dakota
60___16_____Fiber Stream____________3000_____250_____3250______2003 Honda Odyssey
61___17_____Casita_____Spirit_______2860_____390__ __3250______2000 Toyota Tundra
70___17_____Casita_____Freedom______2980_____340__ __3320______?? Honda Ridgeline (year not recorded)
74___17_____Casita_____Spirit_______3040_____310__ __3350______2005 Ford Explorer
83___17_____Casita_____Spirit_______2980_____450__ __3430______2005 Toyota Tacoma
84___17_____Casita_____Spirit_______2960_____470__ __3430______2010 Jeep Liberty
95___19_____Scamp______5th Wheel____3300_____560_____3860______2002 Ford Ranger
#6 on your original list had a '07 Tacoma for the tow vehicle. (13' Burro 1300 lbs total, 200 lbs tongue weight)
__________________
Jim_B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 11:27 AM   #159
Senior Member
 
Jim_B's Avatar
 
Name: Jim
Trailer: 2009 Escape
Oregon
Posts: 139
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frederick L. Simson View Post
This is how I suggest you proceed to weigh your Travel Trailer. It shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes, and the truckers behind you will take at least that long or longer if they're getting separate axle weights, and they'll understand.
  1. Position the trailer on the end of the scale so the tow vehicle's rear axle is off the scale, but the tongue jack is over the weigh deck.
  2. Get the reading for the Axle Weight.
  3. Use the tongue jack on the scale, and unhitch raising the coupler clear of the hitch ball.
  4. Get the reading for the Total Trailer Weight.
  5. Hitch up and move away from the scale for the next customer in line.
  6. Subtract the Axle Weight from the Total Trailer Weight to compute the Tongue Weight.
You can also pull in a weigh station that is closed. The scales are on and there is no pressure to hurry up. I pulled up to where my truck tires were just off the scale and jacked the tongue off the hitch to get total trailer weight. I hitched back up and the difference gave me the tongue weight.
__________________
Jim_B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 03:02 PM   #160
Senior Member
 
Bonnie and Claude's Avatar
 
Name: Bonnie and Claude
Trailer: N/A
Ontario
Posts: 224
Registry
We're newbies when it comes to actually MOVING a trailer. We had a tent trailer but didn't think about weight, etc, etc. and we have a 33' but it's not moved in 14 seasons. I didn't know we could use the scales when the weight station was closed. We'll see if we can find a weigh station that isn't too far off the road we are taking en route to Florida. How does it actually work? Do you push a button, weight the trailer and insert a credit card in order for the machine to spit out the results?
__________________
Bonnie and Claude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 03:23 PM   #161
Senior Member
 
Name: kootenai girl
Trailer: 2005 Casita Spirit 17
British Columbia
Posts: 1,264
The truck scales in BC and Idaho that I have been on you just pull in and weigh as the scale is always on and you will just see your weight on the digital board up ahead. There is no paper print out or payment
__________________
kootenaigirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 03:32 PM   #162
Senior Member
 
Bonnie and Claude's Avatar
 
Name: Bonnie and Claude
Trailer: N/A
Ontario
Posts: 224
Registry
Thanks! Will try to find one before we reach the Thousand Islands Bridge. I've kept a running list of items added (load stuff in large TupperWare bins and weigh each before taking it to the Boler) but would really like to know the actual versus the estimated weight.
__________________
Bonnie and Claude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 11:14 PM   #163
Moderator
 
Frederick L. Simson's Avatar
 
Name: Frederick
Trailer: Fiber Stream
California
Posts: 8,130
Registry
Send a message via AIM to Frederick L. Simson
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim_B View Post
#6 on your original list had a '07 Tacoma for the tow vehicle. (13' Burro 1300 lbs total, 200 lbs tongue weight)
__________________
Frederick - The Scaleman
1978 Fiber Stream 16 named "Eggstasy" & 1971 Compact Jr. named "Boomerang"
Frederick L. Simson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2012, 04:07 PM   #164
Senior Member
 
Name: Dave
Trailer: Seeking Bigfoot 25 RB
British Columbia
Posts: 1,138
My Bigfoot 21 (R gave the following numbers yesterday on the way home from the fall NOG:

Tow tug is a 2006 Silverado 3500 Duramax 4X4

Drove onto scale ( all 4 wheels on scale platform) - truck weight is 7400 lb incl tongue weight of trailer.

Pulled ahead until both trailer axles were ON the scale platform, and truck was OFF the platform - trailer weight 4400 lb
pulled ahead until just rear axle was on platform - 2200 lb (looks like it is loaded right for towing!)

Black & grey tanks drained, fresh water tank half full. One 30 lb propane tank empty, one is new and 100% full. Single group 27 deep cycle battery. All five tires are now new!

No idea of hitch/tongue weight as it was pouring rain - a veritable pounding del-huge! - and my dedication to full knowledge and disclosure only goes so far! I was NOT gonna jump out to unhitch, rehitch etc. So, for what its worth......
__________________
BCDave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2012, 04:12 PM   #165
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,723
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by BCDave View Post
All five tires are now new!
LOL the tax free tire purchases by BC'ers has reached epidemic proportions. Next thing you know the press will be calling us Tire Hoarders!
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2012, 05:57 PM   #166
Senior Member
 
Name: Dave
Trailer: Seeking Bigfoot 25 RB
British Columbia
Posts: 1,138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Carol H View Post
LOL the tax free tire purchases by BC'ers has reached epidemic proportions. Next thing you know the press will be calling us Tire Hoarders!
After the previous week`s epic adventures involving tires (a screw through the sidewall of a tire that was purchased on my way home from spring NOG, an explosion of a 3 week-old Bad-year timebomb run at 65 psi and at 55 mph (no spare at that point so I was being super-extra cautious!) for about 20 or so miles before it blew and having to borrow a spare from a buddy`s Frod Ranger just to get home, well, I now have 4 road tires from Les Schwab, of which 3 are the ones purchased in the spring after several other Marathons did what Marathons do, plus a new Les Schwab spare.

The Les Schwab Towmaster that got the screw thru the sidewall was replaced free under warranty. The badyear timebomb was taken back and a full, no-questions asked refund was obtained.

The Prodigy 3 that failed as I was leaving for the NOG was also replaced free under warranty as they carry a lifetime warranty and they stand behind their product, with excellent service and aftercare.
__________________
BCDave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 04:10 AM   #167
Senior Member
 
Roger C H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: 2009 Trillium 1300 "Homelet"/2014 Subaru Outback "Rosie"
Washington
Posts: 2,159
Registry
Smile Some more information

For the person on post #100 who was thinking of adding brakes. Here is the link to Dexter, a major axle mfr:

http://dexteraxle.com/i/u/6149609/f/...0_Lbs_1-12.pdf

Looks like the brake/no brake axles are different.

On weighing:

We once weighed our Trillium at Palmer Coking Coal in Black Diamond, WA.
When the woman found out that we didn't want a certified copy, ($5) she said that she would turn the scale on and I could weigh what I wanted for free.
__________________
A charter member of the Buffalo Plaid Brigade!

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
Roger C H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 10:35 AM   #168
Senior Member
 
Jon Vermilye's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2011 Escape 17B
Oswego, NY
Posts: 1,283
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roger C H View Post

We once weighed our Trillium at Palmer Coking Coal in Black Diamond, WA.
When the woman found out that we didn't want a certified copy, ($5) she said that she would turn the scale on and I could weigh what I wanted for free.
Same with our local dump. Free unless you want paperwork... Of course, you feel a little guilty when the trucks start lining up behind you!
__________________

Jon Vermilye is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
weighing, weight


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trailer Weights...What are They Really? Pamela H Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 55 12-01-2009 02:21 PM
List of trailer real weights? Cory Lewis Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 10 11-11-2009 08:17 AM
World's smallest trailer... Roger H General Chat 3 12-27-2008 08:21 PM
Realistic Tow/Cargo Weights V'sGlassSleeper General Chat 25 07-18-2007 01:11 PM
Real world weight issues Legacy Posts General Chat 2 05-02-2003 06:52 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.