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Okay guys, Educate me! ???<br> I just bought my first RV. It's a 1995 30' 5th wheel with a Superslide. I want to know what it weighs. The brochure gives the following information: Dry Weight-7,610 (is this the actual weight of trailer? Seems light to me.) Hitch Weight-1,510 ( I assume this is the down force that will be placed upon the hitch/suspension.) Axle Weight-7,010.<br>So, my question is; what the heck does this thing weigh as it sits with no water in the tanks?? <br>Thanks! ;D
01-23-2003, 07:38 PM
The only way to find out the weghts is find a scale and weigh each axle with the trailer on and the truck by itself. After you have the numbers, subtract the empty weghts from the loaded weights and you will have the numbers you want. If you are like me you will really enjoy your 5er. I wish it would warm up sooner around here so I can enjoy it some more.<br>Tom
Buzz<br> Put water in it and some supplies and take it to a scale, drive it on the scale. Let your jacks down, unhook your truck and see what it weighs. Thats the way you are going to pull it with some supplies in it. Now you know what you are pulling. I had mind weighed at a ready mix co. scale when they were not busy, cost 3.00 for 15 minutes for the use of the scale. <br> waam Holland Mich.
01-23-2003, 10:26 PM
Good luck with your 5th wheel. The Dry weight is the weight of the RV as it sits with the tanks empty, unloaded etc. Basically it is the weight as it came off the assembly line. However, the weights stated on the RV are generally lower than actual. So if you want the actual "dry weight" then to me the best way to get the actual dry weight of it with the tanks empty (and nothing else loaded in it, i.e. as if it came off the line) is to weigh the truck by itself, go hook up the RV and and then weigh them both together. Subtract your truck weight from the combined weight to get the actual dry weight. Just find you a scale and your set. Here in KS a trip to the local grain elevator is all it takes. Good Luck and enjoy. ;D
01-24-2003, 10:23 AM
The only mfg. I know of that weighs each trailer as it comes off the line is Skyline. They make ALJO, LAYTON, and NOMAD trade names, and are the only one that gets their trailers UL listed and certified. It is still best to do as the rest of the guys here said - go weigh it at a scale. My local truck stop has CAT certified scales, and charges $7.00 for the first weigh, and nothing for the first repeat weighing on the same day - total to weigh $7.00. Since you will usually pull with fresh water tank full and some stuff in it (canned goods etc.), so it is probably best to weigh it that way.
01-24-2003, 05:20 PM
Congrats on the fiver. It won't be last one. See ya on the big road.<br><br>Dave
01-26-2003, 08:39 AM
Buzz,<br> If you get the chance to weigh it, post the results I would be interested in hearing the results.<br> Randy
01-26-2003, 01:20 PM
It is good to see folks doing their part to help the economy. ;)<br>Enjoy it Buzz.<br>I just ordered a new Arctic Fox 27-5L yesterday. Should have it in three weeks. This will be my 1st 5er also, but my 4th RV. Not counting tents and sleeping under the stars.<br>You can't go wrong coming to DTR for info and advice. This is a great group of folks. <br><br>I want to thank everyone here at Diesel Truck Resourse for your input. It went a long way in helping me make my RV choices.<br><br>JD
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