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Old 04-12-2008, 08:07 PM   #57
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Haven't actually been on scales but here's what I calculated . . .

dry weight = 2450
Water "stuffs"= 322
My items = 90
Cooking items, etc=110
Items on Tongue = 75
dog 13

total = 3060

Tongue 400 / Total 3060 = 13.07% of total weight
Tongue 380 / Total 3060 = 12.4% of total weight

The trailer towed perfectly the 930 miles back from the factory. No sway at all with trucks passing or wind buffeting 25 mph, sometimes a direct crosswind.

Gary, who did the tongue weighing at the Bluebonnet said most of the Casitas were well above 400 lbs with some coming in over 500 lbs tongue weight.


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Old 04-12-2008, 08:21 PM   #58
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:18 AM   #59
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I just had the tongue weight of my 2008 Oliver Legacy Elite wieghed at the Bluebonnet Casita Rally.

Currently, my tongue is on the middle of three settings due to the added aluminum box I asked to be fabricated to accommodate my Honda 2000 generator. it is strapped down with two ratchet straps and secured with two lockstraps. Gas is full, I guess its about an additional 75 lbs of weight hanging out in front of the leveling jack.

Fresh water = 50% / Grey = 50% / Black = 29%.

Tongue weight = 400 lb.

After moving the tongue OUT to the final position tongue weight = 380 lb.

Proof positive that extending the tongue lessens tongue weight. Please don't ask for the nuclear physics behind how it works, I just read the numbers!

I understand about 10% of the trailer weight should be on the tongue and that if you get it TOO light you "may" encounter stability problems.

Tongue extended also provides an easier back up experience for some because it is less likely to over-correct when changing directions.
Hi Pete,
Your website and pictures on the Oliver forum are enjoyable. What is your tow vehicle?
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Old 04-13-2008, 12:45 PM   #60
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Sandra, do some research with the search tool on siennas; several very astute members have used them and there is lots of info.

Pete, looks like you are in the gray zone between 'Tow to the limit!' and '75% Rule' Keep an eye on it and you should be fine, but don't start a souvenir rock collection...
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:58 PM   #61
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Sandra L,

My TV is a 2008 Toyota Tacoma 4 door with the factory V6 towing package installed: Class-4 hitch, transmission oil cooler, supplemental engine oil cooler, heavy duty battery, 130-amp alternator, 7-pin connector.

It came with the brake controller pigtail and I had a Tekonsha Prodigy brake controller installed.

Available Tongue weight - 650 lbs (at 400 lbs, I'm at 62% capacity)
Max trailer weight - 6500 lbs (at 3060 lbs, I'm at 47% capacity)

Being an aviator for 31 years I've always trusted in extra runway, extra altitude, extra endurance, etc. It's a mindset . . . Like Pete D. alludes to . . . don't press it to the edge or your margin of safety may not be there when you need it most.

Glad you like the pics. I figure the blog will be a good way for family & friends to keep track of me after I retire and hit the road more often. (Many thanks to my daughter-in-law, Thais, for helping me set it up!)

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