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Posted: 08/02/19 07:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It may be helpful for you to go back and reread my entire post... It is not that long.... or complicated. And if the OP addresses what I state is a "for sure" problem.... He may very well be a happy camper.



BillyBob Jim wrote:

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BillyBob Jim wrote:

What is laughable about his weight estimates? He knows what he loads in the trailer more than the weight police on this forum. He accounted for his water weight. 200 lbs additional can be realistic for everything else such as kitchen utensils, bedding, food, clothing, and misc gear, unless you have OCD or some other mental disorder, or are a hoarder.

Not everyone needs or hauls a ton and a half of additional stuff like some of you folks. Now if he's stacking cubes of brick or pallets of 8" block inside to build a pizza oven at the campground, then all bets are off.
What is laughable?
He hasn't weighed it.




Contrary to what one reads on these boards, the vast majority of owners of towable RV's have never weighed them or what goes in or on them either. Neither have owners of boxed cargo trailers, flat trailers, boat trailers, or any other trailer. I do not see the roads littered with wrecked rigs, broken axles, twisted frames, tow vehicles with blown engines and grenaded tranny's etc. due to overloading? Maybe you see that stuff in your neck of the woods?

Simple things can be as complicated as you want them to be, and on these boards taking something that is about as simple as it can get and complicating it to no end seems to be the norm for quite a few people.

That's what is laughable.



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Posted: 08/02/19 07:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Towing 6000 lbs realistic weight with an 02 chevy 5.3 and 4 speed transmission....hopefully with 3.73 gears, I cant imagine what the trans temps are getting up to, pretty hot for sure.

Brake light stuck on could keep the trailer brakes active and keep the torque converter from locking up, both = HEAT.
Any CEL or codes? Maybe it was in limp mode from high trans temps, I assume no trans temp gauge?

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marcsbigfoot20b27 wrote:

Towing 6000 lbs realistic weight with an 02 chevy 5.3 and 4 speed transmission....hopefully with 3.73 gears, I cant imagine what the trans temps are getting up to, pretty hot for sure.


You can imagine but I towed more than that (6K lbs) with a shortbed 00 Silverado reg cab, 5.3, 3:73, 4speed with over 200K miles for a few years, and the trans temps never went above 190 most of the time. I am pretty sure it did not even have anything called a tow package IIRC or an added trans cooler. If you pulled a 3 to 5 mile long grade @ or over 6% it might approach 230 at the top, but that's all within normal operating temps, and as soon as you hit the crest it would start dropping back down below 200.

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I weighed my setup when I had it. I was 2200lbs over the dry weight with only 10 gallons of freshwater in the tank.
So the people that think they only put 200-300lbs in an RV are kidding themselves! 200-300 lbs is propane, battery and hitch alone!!!!


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BillyBob Jim wrote:

What is laughable about his weight estimates?
The part where he relies on the magical "dry weight"


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Posted: 08/02/19 11:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BillyBob Jim wrote:

What is laughable about his weight estimates? He knows what he loads in the trailer more than the weight police on this forum. He accounted for his water weight. 200 lbs additional can be realistic for everything else such as kitchen utensils, bedding, food, clothing, and misc gear, unless you have OCD or some other mental disorder, or are a hoarder.

Not everyone needs or hauls a ton and a half of additional stuff like some of you folks. Now if he's stacking cubes of brick or pallets of 8" block inside to build a pizza oven at the campground, then all bets are off.


Problem is, the dry weight is a very meaninglessness number to start at. There is no standard as to what is included in the number. So you likely need to add the weight of the batteries, propane tanks and hitch before even worrying about clothes etc. That can be 2-300 lbs depending on your setup and most of that adds to the tongue weight just based on how far forward they are.

Better weight to base off of is the GVW, as you should be under that so you have room.


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