Net Carrier Capacity (NCP) - Fiberglass RV

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Old 02-10-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Net Carrier Capacity (NCP)

I notice there is no "net carrier capacity" listed anywhere for the Casitas or Scamps. Anyone have any idea what the NCP on these campers is?

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Old 02-10-2012, 04:01 PM   #2
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Not sure there is any number for that, here are some definitions

GVW: Gross Vehicle Weight - the actual weight of a vehicle.

GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: The maximum allowed GVW for a vehicle.

GCW: Gross Combined Weight: The total weight of everything - tow vehicle, trailer, etc.

GCWR: The maximum allowed GCW.

GAW (front or rear): The Gross Axle Weight - the amount of weight on that particular axle.

GAWR (front or rear): The Gross Axle Weight Rating: The maximum allowed GAW.

UVW: Unloaded Vehicle Weight, also know as "Dry Weight". This is the weight of a trailer with no liquids or options. The GVW of the trailer will usually be 500-1500 pounds more than this number.

Tow Rating: The rated towing capacity of a tow vehicle - generally based upon curb weight plus one 150-lb driver. This number is NOT designed as an indicator of what you can tow under normal conditions, but it is useful for comparisons.

Actual towing capacity is about 1,000 pounds less that the tow rating, or, to be more accurate, it's GCWR-GVW, provided that the number you get is less than the tow rating, which it may not be for certain vehicles (it's pretty unusual - mostly heavier duty trucks).

A note on GVWR and GCWR: Sometimes odd things happen with GVWR and GCWR on larger trucks especially. The thing to remember is that neither GVWR nor GCWR can be exceeded safely.

Tongue weight is normally 15% of the GVW
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:35 PM   #3
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You look at the GVWR and subtract the dry weight of the trailer and the options (watch the options, they are heavy) plus propane, water, etc. (also heavy) and what is left is your carrying capacity. Sometimes they don't list these though and their is variation in all units of at least a small amount when they come off the assembly line. If they aren't listing this info, ask them. I know that someone probably knows the formula but I don't remember it anymore. I saw that in the owner's manual on the Scamp site that they list the 13' with a 2,000 lb. axle (16' with a 3,000 axle) and I saw that Casita offers some weight information in the downloadable brochure. I am sure someone else can probably give you a clearer answer.
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