After about 4 years, I finally got around to weighing my TT. The nice folks at the garbage transfer station close to my house let me check several weights without having to pay.
My Gross TT Weight from the manufacturer is 5700 pounds. So here are the weights:
Loaded trailer weight (less water) hooked to the truck 4560
Loaded trailer weight unhooked from the truck 5420
Hitch weight 860 (15.9%)
Loaded trailer weight with water (36 firstname.lastname@example.org) 5720
My truck is a Ford F350 so I don’t worry about the hitch weight or towing capacity. Fully loaded I’m 20 pounds over the GVW. The TT tires have a max load rating of 1820 per tire, 7280 for the four.
I’ve been thinking what I can take out that would put the TT under 5700. The wine and liquor stash, don’t think so! Food stock, no I love to eat. Pots, pans, and utensils, no we love to cook. We’ll just put clothes and extras in the truck when we go and call the 20 pounds over close enough!
Interesting when you finally weigh the TT to see the actual weights.
Terry, Hannah and Chen Ning (Wife's Not a Camper)
2005 Ford F350 FX4 Offroad Crew Cab Shortbed 6.0 Diesel 6 Speed Manual
1997 Fleetwood Mallard 24J "The Man Cave"
It’s not a travel trailer but a camp trailer for the boon toolies!
I suspect there are a LOT of people who have been towing the same trailer for a number of years who end loading it pretty close or over their GVWR. I always smile when someone says "I would never come close to maxing it out".
2011 F-150 HD Ecoboost 3.5 V6. 2550 payload, 17,100 GCVWR - 2004 F-150 HD (Traded after 80,000 towing miles) 2007 Rockwood 8314SS 34' travel trailer
US Govt survey shows three out of four people make up 75% of the total population
To show you how fast stuff catches up with your RV's GVWR...New Horizon's RV says that this is what the average RVer carries with in the cargo areas of a 5th wheel when on the road...
50 Gallon Fresh Water 400 lbs
25 Gallon in Holding Tank 200 lbs
50 Cans of Canned Food at 16 Ounce/Can 50 lbs
Meat & Eggs 100 lbs
Milk & Juice 15 lbs
Soft Drinks and Beer 25 lbs
Miscellaneous Other Food 50 lbs
Dishes, Silverware and Pans 150 lbs
Books & Magazines 50 lbs
TV & VCR 40 lbs
Computer & Supplies 60 lbs
Shoes (8) Pair at 2lbs 16 lbs
Toaster and Coffee Maker 8 lbs
Clothing & Coats 300 lbs
Bedding & Towels 100lbs
Personal Items (Make Up, Shampoo, etc) 20 lbs
Lawn Chairs 40 lbs
Charcoal Equipment 60 lbs
Tools 60 lbs
Blocks, Chains, etc. 50 lbs
Extra Recliner 80 lbs
Miscellaneous 500 lbs
Total 2374 lbs
I'd say that was a little on the light side for some folks I know that full time! I'm a big offender myself...especially in the tool area...I carry a lot. And chairs...now that our 2 kids and their friends don't go with us...I am going to trim down a LOT of extra weight.
Sort of like the Movie "The Long, Long Trailer" with Lucy and Desi...and her box of rocks!
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Yeah, and we don't have anywhere near 50 cans of food in the TT... But I do agree, the weight adds up fast... When we go on a trip we're running at max TT GVWR but have some head room on the TV GVWR and GCWR...
2000 Ford F-250SD, XLT, 4X4 Off Road, SuperCab
w/ 6.8L (415 C.I.) V-10/3:73LS/4R100
Banks Power Pack w/Trans Command & OttoMind
Sold Trailer - not RV'ing at this point in time
50 cans of canned food? Where would you put 100 lbs of meat and eggs? I don't think it would fit in the refer. 300 lbs of clothes and coats?
Seems like the general consensus around here is 1000 to 1500 lbs of stuff. Of course, there is going to be some variation between someone going for a weekend in a 20 ft and fulltimers in a big 5th wheel.
Anyone that stocks their TT like the list posted (thanks sooperdooty, has bigger problems than weight issues. After obssesively showering and making beds, sitting down to your third helping of bacon and eggs while running your 1982 computer, there is going to be 10 lbs. of arterial blockage. That will be worked off, though, by setting up the BBQ and lawn chairs and lugging out the three 40 lb. dutch ovens and the set of encyclopedias.