I started a thread on this some time ago but it got very long. I said I'd weigh my 76 Trillium
in the spring. So it's spring and today I put it on the commercial scale at the local scrap metal yard, which must by law be accurate. So here's what I found:
The trailer with basic cargo (no food, no drinks) came out to 1440 lbs.
When I got home I pulled everything out of it, including the half-full propane
bottle and subtracted freight weight
. The resulting dry weight
works out to 1260 lbs. That's about 60 pounds more than I was expecting. The trailer is mostly original, no frills. I've added some cupboards but they replaced the furnace
I took out, so it should be about quid pro quo.
The "GVW (gross vehicle weight)" marked on the original info sheet inside the closet says 1500 lbs. Yikes! If GVW means the same as GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating)
, that wouldn't leave anyone much room for cargo!
But the good news, according to this website, Hitching Up - Trailer - Understanding Weights
seems to be that GVR is NOT the same as GVWR, but something less. The bad news is I'm left not knowing what my 76 Trillium's actual GVWR might be. Besides safety, I understand that's the figure MOT uses in the unlikely event I was pulled into a weigh station.
For now to be safe I'm going to treat the GVW as if it actually were
the GVWR. But does anybody know for sure what the GVWR
of a 76 Trillium
might be? Have you seen anything documented?
Conclusion: Regardless of how much I CAN carry in the trailer, my goal is to reduce my total trailer weight, cargo included, to no more than 1400 lbs. That should allow some wiggle room. But in any case, controlling weight and fuel economy seems a responsible idea in any case.