What does my Fiber Stream Weigh? - Fiberglass RV


View Poll Results: Can you guess my Travelling Weight?
2000 to 2100 pounds 3 10.00%
2100 to 2200pounds 1 3.33%
2200 to 2300 pounds 0 0%
2300 to 2400 pounds 1 3.33%
2400 to 2500 pounds 1 3.33%
2500 to 2600 pounds 2 6.67%
2600 to 2700 pounds 4 13.33%
2700 to 2800 pounds 2 6.67%
2800 to 2900 pounds 4 13.33%
2900 to 3000 pounds 5 16.67%
3000 to 3100 pounds 1 3.33%
3100 to 3200 pounds 1 3.33%
3200 to 3300 pounds 0 0%
3300 to 3400 pounds 4 13.33%
3400 to 3500 pounds 1 3.33%
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:25 PM   #1
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In the PACK MULE topic, I talked about having an inventory of the items I keep in my trailer, that was lost in the hacking.

In that earlier (pre-hack) topic, someone was inquiring about what makes a 16' trailer so heavy? People had discussed how manufacturer's weight stickers under estimated the true weight of the trailer. Fiber Stream put in their 1978 sales brochure that their trailer weighs 1600 to 1700 pounds. I knew that mine was heavier than that. I tow with a 2003 Honda Odyssey LX which has a maximum towing capacity of 3500 pounds**.**if properly equipped, and NOT containing 7 passengers.

To attempt to meet the manufacturer's claim, I emptied my trailer of everything I keep in it. Then I removed items that are "attached" but could be considered "options" that are not included in the advertized "Dry Weight". These Items were: the Battery, the spare tire, and two 20 pound propane tanks. Then I went to a scale (that I had calibrated) and weighed my trailer. The dry weight was: 2000 pounds.
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:28 PM   #2
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Now I will share what my Inventory list is.

Trailer Stuff:
1. 700 watt Microwave Oven
2. 13” TV/VCR combo
3. 1 VHS tape storage case, capacity: 8 VHS video tapes)
4. Pair of computer speakers to use with portable CD player
5. 300 watt inverter (12 volt DC to 120 volt AC)
6. 1 King size goose down Comforter
7. 1 King size blanket
8. 2 King size Duvets (1 green, 1 navy blue)
9. 2 complete King Size sheet sets (1 green, 1 beige)
10. 2 King size Bed Pillows
11. 2 Standard size Bed Pillows (with 2 sets of pillowcases; 1 green, 1 beige)
12. 1 crocheted afghan lap throw (hand made)
13. 1 commercially woven lap throw
14. 4 stuffed teddy bears (plus 1 vibrating frog)
15. 1 woven vinyl patio mat (9’ x 12’)
16. 2 hand made chair bases (to convert Odyssey 2ND row seats into chairs)
17. 2 dining chair seat cushions*, 2 beach towels
18. 2 complete (bath & hand) towel & washcloth sets (green, frog motif)
19. 1 alarm clock (for medicine schedule)
20. Toiletries (shaving) kits, toilet brush, bathroom cleaner, and air freshener
21. 1 kitchen oven mitt / pot holder / dishtowel set
22. 1 complete measuring cup & spoon set
23. Melamine dish service for 4 (plates, bowls, cups & saucers)
24. Stainless flatware service for 8
25. Corning ware 9 cup stovetop coffee percolator
26. Mr. Coffee 8 cup electric drip coffee maker (with thermal carafe)
27. 4 commuter lidded coffee mugs
28. Hamilton Beech 12 speed blender
29. 1 battery operated hand mixer
30. 1 large covered deep dish frying pan
31. 1 small covered saucepan
32. 1 sink cover/cutting board
33. 2 baking pans & 1 broiler pan (Fiber Stream has 3 burner stove with oven)
34. Several covered Tupperware bowls
35. 4 Tupperware compartmented food trays
36. 6 Tupperware Drinking Glasses
37. Assorted utensils: spatulas, spoons, large knives, openers, corkscrews, etc.
38. Tupperware canisters (coffee, sugar & powdered creamer)
39. Small plastic salt & pepper set
40. “Giant Match” butane lighter, with butane refill canister
41. Can of Cooking Spray, paper towels, box of Kleenex, extra toilet paper
42. Plastic 3 drawer chest in closet, several clothes hangars
43. Large mesh bag for dirty clothes
44. Broom, brush, & dustpan
45. First Aid Kit
46. 12 Volt battery Camping Lantern
47. 1 each 25’ extension cord & 50’ extension cord
48. 1 each 25’ white water hose & 50’ white water hose (potable use)
49. 1 each 25’ gray water hose (non-potable use)
50. 1 each 20’ sewer hose with connectors and telescoping support stand
51. Disposable plastic gloves (bag of 50)
52. 1 each 25’ 75 ohm TV cable, assorted electrical adapters: (30 amp to 15 amp)
53. 1 each 5 gallon fresh water jug
54. 1 each 5 gallon “Port-A-Way’st” gray water tote
55. 1 each 20 amp-hour spare 12 volt battery

Towing and “other” stuff kept in trailer:
1. 2 sets of 10 each “Lego” style leveling blocks
2. 4 stabilizing jacks
3. 10’ x 10’ E-Z-Up Screen Room
4. Weight Distributing Hitch spring arms & Ball Mount
5. Friction Anti-Sway Bar
6. Extension mirrors for tow vehicle
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:38 PM   #3
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I can't play. only 1500 at my max loads.
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:42 PM   #4
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I put mine on the scales a while back with water tank empty. Axel weight was 1350lbs.

Someday I'll stop again at a scales and unhitch just see what the weight is.

I did measure the tongue weight. 168lbs.
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:46 PM   #5
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Now I will share what my Inventory list is.

Trailer Stuff:

54.

Towing and “other” stuff kept in trailer:
1. 2 sets of 10 each “Lego” style leveling blocks
2. 4 stabilizing jacks
3. 10’ x 10’ E-Z-Up Screen Room
4. Weight Distributing Hitch spring arms & Ball Mount
5. Friction Anti-Sway Bar
6. Extension mirrors for tow vehicle
Sheesh, with all that "stuff" aren't you getting very close to that 3500 lb maximum weight?
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:49 PM   #6
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I can't play. only 1500 at my max loads.
[b]?
I plan to take my trailer back to the scale and re-weigh it, loaded with the stuff I keep in it all the time. The only stuff we have to pack at the start of a trip is food and clean clothes.
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:54 PM   #7
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your poll STARTS at 2k.

Oh.. We are supposed to guess YOUR weight.

Too much!
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Old 03-19-2006, 10:02 PM   #8
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Oh.. We are supposed to guess YOUR weight.

Too much!
It starts at my Fiber Stream's 2000 pound dry weight and stops at my Odyssey's 3500 pound towing capacity.

(Don't forget to re-add back the spare tire, battery, & propane tanks)

I don't yet actually know the total weight, but will post it when I do.
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You need a scale pro!

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I guess I missed that we were supposed to guess the weight. OK Now I'll as Gina say, play.
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Old 03-19-2006, 10:36 PM   #11
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I think this is a great idea, Frederick! The Fiber Stream (even at its actual weight) is lighter than my Boler B1700, but you have an impressive list of stuff in it, so the loaded weight might be almost as much. I'll reserve my vote until I have a little more time to examine your list, but I suspect that it will be at least as much as my 3000 lb loaded weight, and maybe disturbingly close to the top of your scale.

For anyone adding up the list, some component weights might be interesting, and thought-provoking...
  • as Christy and I have both looked for microwave ovens, we have found the small ones (like typical 700W units) are typically 30 lbs.
  • propane tanks weigh about as much empty as the propane they contain, and the empty (tare) weight is stamped right into them (e.g. about 20 lb empty, 40 lb full, for a "20 lb" tank)
  • my Honda Civic wheels and tires are about 20 lb each (20 for the wheel, another 20 for the tire) - the Fiber Stream has small wheels and tires (because it has four)
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Oh.. We are supposed to guess YOUR weight.

Too much!
I weighed my Trailer just now, and added [b]MY vote to the above results.

The Envelope, please...
(we lost the drum roll emoticon)

[b]2620 pounds with a 200 pound hitch weight.
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I weighed my Trailer just now, and added [b]MY vote to the above results.

The Envelope, please...
(we lost the drum roll emoticon)

[b]2620 pounds with a [b]200 pound hitch weight.
Is that a bit light for 2600 lb tow weight?
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You FAT!!!!!

OK, I lost. I think I was at 2800.
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