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Old 09-19-2018, 05:31 AM   #41
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Weighing our Scamp 16

Our Transfer Station has a scale that you drive over on the way in. It is used mainly for commercial transfer station users.

I drive thru with my tow vehicle getting the weight for it (typically 4400 lbs). I return with the trailer and get the weight for the combination (typically 7000 lbs). Subtracting the first from the second gives me the weight of the trailer (about 2600 lbs).

Our tongue weight is typically close to 200 pounds. For this I use a bathroom scale and a bottle (hydraulic) jack we carry. This has varied by about 5-10 lbs over 10 years.

Subtracting the tongue weight from the trailer weight gives me the weigh on the tires (about 2400 lbs or 1200 lbs per tire.

There is not much difference side to side. My tires are each inflated to 50 lbs. I look at the tire patch (tire area on the ground to determine if there's a difference from side to side). If they are the same then the weight on each tire is the same. (I used to be more careful about this but over 18 years the loading from side to side has not changed.)
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Old 02-27-2020, 06:45 AM   #42
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2019 Scamp 13 Weight

I took our Scamp 13' with front bathroom, 2-20#propane tanks & battery on the tongue to a local truck stop with CAT scales. The Scamp is not stocked yet, so it is pretty much as it was when it left the factory. My TV is a 2018 GMC Canyon with crew cab & a camper shell. I was surprised to see the calculated tongue weight was 320#. I checked the tongue weight again with a bathroom scale and got 286#. Scamp told me that it would be around 200# when we ordered the trailer. We had originally planned on using our 2017 2.5L Subaru Outback as our TV, which is only rated for a 200# tongue weight. Glad we bought the truck!

The weights for the TV & trailer are as follows:
TV front axle 2460
TV rear axle 2540
Trailer axle 1640
Total Gross Weight 6640

The weights for the TV only are:
Front axle 2540
Rear axle 2140
Total Gross Weight 4680

I calculate the tongue weight to be 16%. I know that 10%-13% is the target. Is 16% too much?

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Old 02-27-2020, 06:51 AM   #43
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13 weight

I have weighed our 13 but forgot the exact weight I think it went about 1200#. I think it pretty close as my neighbor can put up the tongue that is with the battery and 1 20# propane tank on it.

It seems I put a scale on the tongue once it went over 100#. We pack light and don't carry water in our tank! No bathroom either sort of a bare boned job!

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I took our Scamp 13' with front bathroom, 2-20#propane tanks & battery on the tongue to a local truck stop with CAT scales. The Scamp is not stocked yet, so it is pretty much as it was when it left the factory. My TV is a 2018 GMC Canyon with crew cab & a camper shell. I was surprised to see the calculated tongue weight was 320#. I checked the tongue weight again with a bathroom scale and got 286#. Scamp told me that it would be around 200# when we ordered the trailer. We had originally planned on using our 2017 2.5L Subaru Outback as our TV, which is only rated for a 200# tongue weight. Glad we bought the truck!

The weights for the TV & trailer are as follows:
TV front axle 2460
TV rear axle 2540
Trailer axle 1640
Total Gross Weight 6640

The weights for the TV only are:
Front axle 2540
Rear axle 2140
Total Gross Weight 4680

I calculate the tongue weight to be 16%. I know that 10%-13% is the target. Is 16% too much?

Chuck
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Old 02-27-2020, 07:00 AM   #44
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Chuck,
Is your waste tank empty? That maybe causing extra front weight. Also I fill my fresh tank which is in the trailer rear, it can lower the tongue weight also. I use a Sherline Scale, 1000# purchased for at home checking.
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Old 02-27-2020, 07:39 AM   #45
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How to weigh your rv

Yes, thatís high. In fact itís the highest Iíve ever heard reported on a Scamp 13. Is it sitting level when hitched? The gross weight is also high for an unloaded trailer.

Iím at a loss...
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:20 AM   #46
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Me too

Well Jon before my last rod job I could lift the tongue on my trailer for moving around a tad. I think he got a bad weigh job is what I am thinking!

My neighbor can come and horse it around for me no problem!

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Yes, thatís high. In fact itís the highest Iíve ever heard reported on a Scamp 13. Is it sitting level when hitched? The gross weight is also high for an unloaded trailer.

Iím at a loss...
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Old 02-27-2020, 01:25 PM   #47
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Maybe it's all of the options

The water & waste tanks are empty. The Scamp is heavily optioned with a propane furnace, 2- 20# propane tanks, AC, roof fan, awning & tv antenna. I will check to see if the Scamp is level next time I take it for a ride. We live on a mountain, so finding a level spot requires driving somewhere.

Thanks for the feedback.

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