I'm just wondering if the RVing community has tried to do something about what is considered "dry weight" ? I think it would be beneficial to the manufacturer, dealers, and end consumer if that weight was for the trailer with all possiable options installed. I think It would make it easier for people to see those numbers and make simple addition of all thing caried in the trailer to find the total weight? If anything they might be lighter if the rv isn't fully optioned out.
Solution could be as simple as a RV dealer having the portable "roll on" scales that fit under each tire... That way buyers could see exactly what the RV weighs as it sits on the lot, without having to move it around a bunch... Seems like it would be a worthwhile investment for an *honest* dealer to make, but we all know how *honest* most RV dealers are - they don't WANT you to know real weights, they want you to believe what you are told, you know, you can tow that 10K trailer with your minivan.
For military move purposes (we were told we could include "cargo" weight carried in our 5th wheel bunkhouse) we took out EVERYTHING from every cabinet, emptied every tank, emptied every under-belly storage, took extra bedding off of beds, etc. (Family of 5 - two adults and 3 kids)
Weighed the camper loaded and unloaded.
All the stuff we took out weighed OVER 3,000lbs. VERY eye opening experience regarding what the stuff weighs that we consider "nothing" and statements that we could "never" reach the gross weight of our campers...