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Terryallan

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Posted: 01/11/20 01:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

honestly. Unless you are full timing. I can't imagine loading more than 1000lbs in to a camper. Unless you are married to Lucy and she has been collecting rocks again.

In truth. My camper gets lighter every year. Don't use it, don't take it.


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Terry, 760 pounds, a third of the available cargo limit, will be taken by 93 gallons of fresh water! Add propane and batteries...


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Yep, our 32’ Copper Canyon has 2,106# of payload with a full fresh water tank, and full propane! Those are already deducted.


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Posted: 01/11/20 02:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Terryallan wrote:

honestly. Unless you are full timing. I can't imagine loading more than 1000lbs in to a camper. Unless you are married to Lucy and she has been collecting rocks again.

In truth. My camper gets lighter every year. Don't use it, don't take it.


The thing is Solitude's are full time rated units and many people use them for that. This is not a weekend warrior fifth wheel but ideal for full timing/extended stay with the cargo capacity (volume) and layout. It just comes up drastically short in one key area.

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Terryallan wrote:

honestly. Unless you are full timing. I can't imagine loading more than 1000lbs in to a camper. Unless you are married to Lucy and she has been collecting rocks again.

In truth. My camper gets lighter every year. Don't use it, don't take it.


We don't full time and have around 1500+ in our 31' TT. We have 4 6V GC batteries, 4 100W solar panels, bikes and most every nook and cranny has something in it. We had about the same in our 5th wheel. Nothing we take doesn't get used at some point in the year.

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Hammerboy wrote:

Funny part is the units without the large rear storage have about 1,000# more CCC capacity [emoticon] I guess all that extra material needed to make the extra storage ate into it lol.

Dan


I used to be by the time you got in to the 14-16k range, they did tripple axles.

Now there seems to be a push to limit it to twin axles, so you lose a third of the capacity assuming the same axles.

Honestly, though 2000-2500lb CCC is enough for 98% of buyers. Doesn't make sense to jack up the price to support the 2% of buyers and scare off the 98%.


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I totally agree with OP. It's not about debating whether or not my wife packs a few too many pots and pans. The fact that it's even a discussion is ridiculous when buying a 50K trailer. I'd like a margin of safety (beyond what is probably already baked in).

My 5th has a GVWR of 12,000# with 5000# axles - 2580# to each tire. That assumes EXACTLY 20% to the pin and some really even distribution of remaining weight. Dry weight is supposed to be 9000# but that must have been before they put furniture and appliances in. I never weighed it empty but with a pretty basic amount of stuff it's 10,500#. Once there's some water and food it's more like 11,500#. It's just cutting it way too close.

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Lwiddis wrote:

Terry, 760 pounds, a third of the available cargo limit, will be taken by 93 gallons of fresh water! Add propane and batteries...


I don't carry fresh water. When we go to a CG with out hookups. I have a large jug that I fill with water and set on the picnic table. Usually lasts a day and a half, and we use the CG restrooms. In this part of the country. there isn't a whole lot of places where you can just pull out and camp. All the NPs have water stations in the CGs. I'm sure it is different where there are places that have dispersed camping.

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That’s fine, Terry, but in the West you’ll need to pass up some really beautiful dry campgrounds if your fresh water tank is empty. Camp restrooms are usually ok...my TT’s shower, potty and sink is close, never has a waiting line, no one rushes me and it’s always clean.

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PS...It was TACY (Lucille Ball) that loaded up the long, long trailer. She married NICKY (Desi Arnez).

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