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Posted: 09/06/21 08:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We weighed all the coaches at a rally and all of the single axles with a slide were overweight.


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My 27' Gulfstream weighed in at 11,100 lbs total, including fuel, water, and driver/passenger.

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well I`ve come to the conclusion that George is going on a diet before our next trip. I`m sure I can get rid of 1000lbs easy.


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FWIW, I don't think manufacturer's dry weight ratings are worth a hoot. It's really what you roll out of the chocks that counts. In my rig, the functional weight is 21,300, which is 700 under max gross...good enough for me. Toad is 3400, which is 1600 under hitch rating: what with EvenBrake, we're okay.
Junk in the coach and basement storage accumulates quickly. JMHO


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Yankee Clipper wrote:

FWIW, I don't think manufacturer's dry weight ratings are worth a hoot. It's really what you roll out of the chocks that counts. In my rig, the functional weight is 21,300, which is 700 under max gross...good enough for me. Toad is 3400, which is 1600 under hitch rating: what with EvenBrake, we're okay.
Junk in the coach and basement storage accumulates quickly. JMHO


Yes, a lot of storage is nice, but you can fill it very quickly!

Just doing a quick inventory in my head I can come up with 500lbs. And I know there is another 500 in there that’s unnecessary. 10 chairs? Really! Washers and Bocce ball I never play. Bags I only play once a year? And why do I have a 10 year old Xbox over the bed? I put it in there when we traded in the TT and never took it out.
Why do I have 7 pieces of outdoors cooking equipment? Small Weber charcoal grille, Black stone flattop, LP griddle, LP grille, LP table top stove, electric table top stove, and a tripod grille for campfires!
So out it all comes before our next trip. Then I will weigh it again.

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Pull the bikes off the back end and check the weight of the coach again. You only see an overall drop equal to the weight of the bikes and carrier but you'll also see a large drop of weight off the rear axle and a gain of weight on the front axle. The further back you get from the rear axle the greater the effect on the load on the rear axle. The chassis will act like a lever with the fulcrum at the axle.

Blue Ox has an easy formula to help potential buyers of motorcycle lifts to help determine how much weight the lift and bike will add to the rear axle. Using my gas coach with a 1/3 of the coach behind the rear axle adding 120 lbs of bike and carrier to the hitch receiver increase rear axle loading my 225 lbs.

Might not solve all your weight problems but will give a good head start. I will empty the coach each spring of everything and any item I could recall using the prior year doesn't go back into the coach.

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I can tell you from firsthand experience here recently, that you would be surprised at all the 'stuff' you accumulate over time in an RV, and how the weight of all of it can add up.

We just traded our Georgetown bunkhouse model in about a month ago for a smaller (but much nicer) unit, a Newmar 3014 (see signature). As part of that, we unloaded everything from the Georgetown, went through it all, and decided what to keep, put in the new Motorhome, and what to take out. It took several weeks, as this resulted in some extensive 'de-cluttering'.

Let me tell you, there was soooooo much stuff in that Georgetown that I had forgotten was there, that we did not need! I would guess we 'shed' a good 1,000 pounds worth of stuff that we are no longer carrying in the new unit. It truly felt like moving/downsizing to a smaller house, haha.

I weighed the Georgetown many years ago shortly after we bought it in 2012, and remember being well below the limits, then. I'm sure over the years that changed. I have not weighed the Newmar, yet, but I will soon, and will see where we are.

Anyway, good job on getting it weighed, even though what you found probably wasn't what you wanted to hear. As far as ways to slim down:
Unless you boondock for several days at a time, you can probably get by with a lot less water in your fresh water tank. That alone can shave off several hundred pounds That, and just go through all the various storage compartments, drawers, etc. and decide if you really, really need all that is in there. We found there is a lot we did not need. Do you *really* need enough plates, silverware, etc. to feed 8 or 10 people at a time? Do you really need the accumulation of 10 blankets and sets of sheets? You may well find like we did, that a lot of the stuff you have in there really doesn't need to be there.

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willald wrote:

I can tell you from firsthand experience here recently, that you would be surprised at all the 'stuff' you accumulate over time in an RV, and how the weight of all of it can add up.

We just traded our Georgetown bunkhouse model in about a month ago for a smaller (but much nicer) unit, a Newmar 3014 (see signature). As part of that, we unloaded everything from the Georgetown, went through it all, and decided what to keep, put in the new Motorhome, and what to take out. It took several weeks, as this resulted in some extensive 'de-cluttering'.

Let me tell you, there was soooooo much stuff in that Georgetown that I had forgotten was there, that we did not need! I would guess we 'shed' a good 1,000 pounds worth of stuff that we are no longer carrying in the new unit. It truly felt like moving/downsizing to a smaller house, haha.


I weighed the Georgetown many years ago shortly after we bought it in 2012, and remember being well below the limits, then. I'm sure over the years that changed. I have not weighed the Newmar, yet, but I will soon, and will see where we are.

Anyway, good job on getting it weighed, even though what you found probably wasn't what you wanted to hear. As far as ways to slim down:
Unless you boondock for several days at a time, you can probably get by with a lot less water in your fresh water tank. That alone can shave off several hundred pounds That, and just go through all the various storage compartments, drawers, etc. and decide if you really, really need all that is in there. We found there is a lot we did not need. Do you *really* need enough plates, silverware, etc. to feed 8 or 10 people at a time? Do you really need the accumulation of 10 blankets and sets of sheets? You may well find like we did, that a lot of the stuff you have in there really doesn't need to be there.

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I agree completely. I only filled the water at home because we have Lake Michigan water. Didn’t want the terrible campground water in the fresh tank. In fact when I got home I flushed out the lines and water heater so it won’t have that rotten egg smell next month.

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We rolled through the scale at 6,600 front, 12,700 rear, and 5,500 on the trailer. 500 over our "hitch" weight" but since we have no frame extensions, I ran it. Ours has over 3,300 CCC on the sheet, wet. I doubt that I will ever be over weight. Heck, even maxed out on both axles I have to run the lowest recommended tire pressure on the 19.5's


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when I had my c class it was even worse it was almost over loaded empty with 1 slide.


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