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...
...I know some of our DOD groups that went to CLEAR AIR FORCE STATION, ALASKA for required inspections in my working years had to take their own GOVT own vehicles with them. This is located in about the center of Alaska near Anderson,AK.
Not sure if Clear is operational anymore. Never heard anyone speak of it... Location wise, it is on the highway system south of Nenana. If the shipment of those vehicles was anything like it is now, they get shipped out of Texas - Galveston, maybe? - and arrive in Anchorage 6 weeks later. Someone would then have to drive them to Anderson, AK, or I suppose a company could be hired to transport them. Gov't alternatives to shipping the vehicle from TX include accompanying the vehicle on the ferry (does not pay for private cabin) or driving to AK from your current duty station. We chose to drive, and don't regret it for a second. Dodge dually pulling a 25' gooseneck horse trailer and a GMC Denali pulling a Kia Spectra on a dolly. USAF gave us 11 days to make it from OKC to Anchorage with 2 kids (1 was an infant), 1 dog, and 2 drivers. It was AWESOME! Even boondocking along the road on the way up.