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Old 10-31-2011, 10:51 PM   #1
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What does a U-Haul 16' VT weigh
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:45 PM   #2
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What does a U-Haul 16' VT weigh
Have you seen this: Trailer Weights in the Real World

the 16 is not listed but the 13 is, and many other 16's. It might give you an idea. Best bet is to hit a public scale. I use the DOT scales all the time if there are no trucks waiting.
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:57 PM   #3
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Red face It depends...

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What does a U-Haul 16' VT weigh
That is easier asked than answered. There is no single answer. For instance, I have weighed many nearly identical Casita 17' Spirit Deluxes, and no two weigh the same. You can see that in the Trailer Weights in the Real World thread.

A manufacturer may publish a DRY weight, but nobody's trailer weighs that. This is not necessarily due to lying (although there is much suspicion) but that once it becomes yours, you will add to it. Some only a little, others more.

What I suggest is that most 16' trailers, even those by different manufacturers, are usually comparable. Go to Trailer Weights in the Real World and list ALL of the 16' trailers.
The lightest one is 2,020 lbs and the heaviest one (mine) is 3,260 lbs. I would surmise that any 16' trailer would weigh somewhere between 2,000 and 3,300 pounds.

My porker of a Fiber Stream didn't always weigh almost 3,300 pounds. When I first bought it, I took it to a public scale and it weighed approximately 2,600 pounds. So there is no one answer for even the same trailer.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:22 AM   #4
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Frederick,
Great job on that database by the way!

The differences are easily understood if you see how they produce the fiberglass shells. The resin / glass mixture is sprayed into the shell molds by the operator until it "looks about right". Well, a misjudgement of just 1/16th of an inch could change the shell weight by 25% or more. There is no precision in that process other than the skill of the operator. It's not critical really, so this is not a criticism, but that's where the differences come from. I do think the averages reported by the manufacturers are "optimistic" as well.

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Old 11-02-2011, 11:51 AM   #5
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The differences also have a lot to do with the options and what people carry in personal stuff. The published dry weights do not normally include anything that is considered an option such as the fridge, stove, hot water tanks, ac, bathroom, awning or even a battery or propane tank for that matter.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:09 PM   #6
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I would like to thank all of you, The state of Michigan wanted something in writing as to the weight of the VT so we could get the license and title done.
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Take it to a truck stop that has a scale. They will weigh it for a nominal fee (<$10) and give you a printout. It is probably to your advantage to take all your stuff out first. It might be less to register if it is lighter. Good luck, Raz
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The trailer is in Wichita KA and I am in Coldwater Mi, but thank you
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:49 PM   #9
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I took the (trailer weights in the real world ) in and they took it so I could get my permanent license plate $75.00
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