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Old 01-18-2003, 07:34 PM   #1
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Light Axle Weight?

These are the specs I just got on my new-to-me Fiber Stream.

Dry weight is 2,220 lb. (Extras in the trailer - spare tires, levelers, ladder, step stool, etc. are about 250 pounds)

Trailer axle weight is is 2,000 lb.

Tongue weight is 220 lb.

Do I need to be concerned that the axle weight and trailer weight are almost identical? I notice that most trailers have a higher axle weight than trailer weight.

How do you determine axle weight? The seller took the trailer to his job and weighed it on the truck scales there.
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Old 01-18-2003, 08:15 PM   #2
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I am not sure if you are quoting the total weight of the trailer as the previous owner weighed it on a scale or the axle rate as stated in a brochure that came with the trailer.

Here is a link that has basic towing tips and the first tip shows how to weigh the tongue

http://www.enjoythedrive.com/content/?id=26358
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Old 01-18-2003, 08:26 PM   #3
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Axle weight

Way back when, I worked at a fruit packing shed, and for a while worked in the scale room. My job was to "axle out" the trucks. We rolled the truck onto the scale one axle at a time to determine the load balance and total weight. Based on what you've written, and that the previous owner took the trailer to work to weigh it, I'd guess this is exactly what was done. The weight CAPACITY of the axle is probably something entirely different. If you got paperwork, it may say in there, or it should be stamped on the frame, tongue or axle, probably as Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, or GVWR. For a 2000 lb camper, more than likely you have a 3500 lb axle. I doubt the manufacturer would have cut it close on the capacity.
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Old 01-18-2003, 08:29 PM   #4
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Weights

Noel,

The Seller did not know any of the weights and had no literature on the trailer. I asked him if he could provide me with weights. He took the trailer to US Steel and put it on their truck scale. I'm not sure what method he used to come up with the weights provided.

I'm guessing he put the whole trailer plus the standard miscellany he carries on the scale to come up with the dry weights for the trailer and tongue. How he derived axle weight, I'm not sure. His wife said the previous owner weighed the trailer loaded for a trip and came up with 3,024 pounds.

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These are the specs I just got on my new-to-me Fiber Stream.

Dry weight is 2,220 lb. (Extras in the trailer - spare tires, levelers, ladder, step stool, etc. are about 250 pounds)

Trailer axle weight is is 2,000 lb.

Tongue weight is 220 lb.

Do I need to be concerned that the axle weight and trailer weight are almost identical? I notice that most trailers have a higher axle weight than trailer weight.

How do you determine axle weight? The seller took the trailer to his job and weighed it on the truck scales there.
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Old 01-19-2003, 07:12 AM   #5
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axel weight

IF we never learn what axel weight we have, what would be the problem? this may sound very naive, but I would like to know the worse case scenario and then what might be the normal. Now, I'm not saying ignore the weight of the trailer, but if we keep the weight of the trailer in the *normal* range, which I guess is between 3,000 and 3,500, than what's the problem?
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Old 01-19-2003, 08:06 AM   #6
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Axle weight capacity (rating)

Jan:

On Dexter axles there's a tag in the center of the axle, really hard to get to, that has the model/rating stamped on it.<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e2ab0a60697cCasita axle wt tag.jpg/>
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Old 01-19-2003, 08:52 AM   #7
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Hi Benita!

Hi Benita! Congrats on the new trailer! I know you've been looking a long, long time! We need pictures!

Hey, I confuse easily ... but it sounds to me like you are talking "actual" weights for your rig and its axle versus the "capacity" of your axle ... which others point out is usually stamped on the axle or on a tag ...

actual vs capacity are two different things.

If you can't find the information there, perhaps we might be able to find someone on the net with the information.

Time has a way of dimming my memory ... but Casita, for example, used to put their 13 and 16 foot trailers on a 2200 (2500?) lb capacity axle but several years ago upgraded all to a 3500 lb capacity axle.

But even in the days of the lighter axle, I rarely remember hearing about folks with an axle problem. My guess is the axle manufacturers probably over-engineer more capacity into the axle than rated or stated on the tag.

Since your Fiber Stream is from the early 80s ... it would be my guess it's probably got a similar axle to what Casita (and Scamp) used back then ... in the mid 2000 lb capacity.

Since the existing axle has stood the test of time ... I wouldn't worrry about it, if I were you.

Just go camping!

And if a problem should develop in the future ... I know a number of folks, for various reasons, have easily upgraded or switched out the axle (Webmaster Michael and Pete D. put new axles on the Casita and Scamp).

It's not a tough thing for any frame or axle shop to do.

Again, congratulations! Don't worry about it for now!

Where are you going on your first campout?
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Old 01-19-2003, 08:53 AM   #8
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Pictures

And we need pictures! Sooner the better!
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Old 01-19-2003, 09:02 AM   #9
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Fiber Stream Pictures

Charles,

The pictures are on another thread:wave

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/read.php...?TID=759&page=2
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Old 01-19-2003, 09:18 AM   #10
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I know that

I know that ....

But what I want are pictures of you enjoying your new trailer!
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Old 01-19-2003, 09:35 AM   #11
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Ooooooh!

Well,

After the trailer is delivered and after I acquire a tow vehicle and after I actually go someplace in my new rig, I'll post some pictures. That'll be RSN. :reye2
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Old 01-22-2003, 09:36 PM   #12
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Axel weight v. trailer weight

Benita you have 2 axles each rated at 2000#, Thats 4000# for your total axle Capacity.

Sometimes the simple stuff is overlooked.
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Old 01-22-2003, 09:58 PM   #13
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Thanks Glen,

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