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Posted: 07/26/19 09:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Why is your front axle weight so heavy? Do you have a large Diesel tank in the bed?

Light pin, Toy Hauler?

You still have a couple thousand pounds before you hit your RAWR.


Not sure why the front axle is so heavy, though the truck bed is quite full. Nothing super heavy back there, though. A good portion will be people weight in the cab. My front axle weights have always come in like that- just barely under FAWR. I was glad when my 2018 had a higher FAWR than the 2012 had (by 500 or 1000 pounds if I recall correctly).

Yes, toy hauler. No heavy toys, just heavy furniture, kid stuff, and equipment/supplies for my wife's vinyl crafting business.

I'm still under on the truck's GVWR by a couple hundred pounds. And yeah, way under RAWR.


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Posted: 07/26/19 09:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

K Charles wrote:

I don't use a phone or credit card or email. Drive on the scale, push the call button, when they ask for a name I say private. When they say OK I drive around stop at the office pay the 12 bucks and get the slip.


That was my wife's job. I'd drop her off and then go start unhitching.

Both ways work. I'm glad both are offered as it lets each person choose which works best for them.

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4x4ord wrote:

I use the self weigh scales along our highways. If it was going to cost me I don't think I'd bother getting my weights..... It's kind of like stepping on the bathroom scale ... nice to know but it doesn't change anything.


It changes a lot for me. I suffered a buckled frame back in 2017 while fulltiming and that's an experience that I don't want to repeat.

Right now the rig is a bit overweight which means I need to ensure I'm carrying as little water as possible and follow-thru with purging more.

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4x4ord wrote:

I use the self weigh scales along our highways. If it was going to cost me I don't think I'd bother getting my weights..... It's kind of like stepping on the bathroom scale ... nice to know but it doesn't change anything.

Is the self weigh scales the truck scales or port of entry scales? I've never seen self weigh scales before.


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Posted: 08/07/19 12:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

great right up...due for a re-weight since only weighed new...added batteries and other things...plus have a new tow vehicle.

Luckily I have Cat scales close by ...thanks!!!


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I had my both the truck's and hitched trailer's tires individually weighed, which is even better than having the axles weighed (which I have also done).

I would recommend this if the situation ever presents itself. The guy then pulled out the tire manufacturer's weight vs tire pressure chart and told me what tire pressures I could safely run instead of the max tire pressure (in my case 110PSI) given the tire weights.

Safety should be a priority and Knowledge is always good.


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For folks who prefer videos, I have put this same information together in video form:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oB68BKFB1s

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Thanks for sharing it very useful. I think everyone also can try to use Andersen Hitches 3220 Gooseneck because this product is rated at 4,500 pounds tongue weight and 24,000 pounds GTWR. I also noticed that we could adjust it to three heights, being 19 1/8 inches upper position (measured from the truck bed to the top of ball mount).
You can find more information here: https://www.smartrving.net/best-fifth-wheel-hitches/

* This post was edited 03/12/20 02:53am by SamanthaNichols *

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Did I read that right, that your 2018 Dodge 3500 DRW weight is almost 10,500 lbs ?
I'm not sure, but I'm thinking my 2017 F-350 is 8500 +/-.
Why so much ? Interweb says that thing should be 7000lb ish
Must need to deduct Pin.


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Got to try this out yesterday, pretty slick. First weigh of my F350 with the family so I know what I have for available payload. About a ton. This will save a lot of time on reweighs.

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