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Old 12-10-2017, 01:11 PM   #1
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Cargo Bay Weight Limits?

Anyone know of any cargo bay weight limits on Newmar's gassers? Loading our bay star and putting a lot of tools in the rear passenger side bay. Looks sturdy enough but don't want to overload it. Failing any hard limits, will use common sense and judgement
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Dependant on how you coach showed its weight when weight my passenger side was the heavy side so I put my tool box on the drivers side near rear tires for better balanced weight.
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Dependant on how you coach showed its weight when weight my passenger side was the heavy side so I put my tool box on the drivers side near rear tires for better balanced weight.
I put mine in the rear passenger since I've seen several 3113 owners say the from driver wheel was heavy. I'm more worried about the bins themselves. I don't want to damage the floor of the bin. They seem pretty stout but just wanted to make sure.
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Iíve laid in one of mine and I go around 200 lbs lol.
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My tools don't weight that much. But we ended up splitting them up. A couple of tool boxes in the back, my hand tool bags mid coach and that left us enough room in the rear bin for our grill and that doesn't interfere with the pass through.
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Never had problems with bins and have had some pretty heavy stuff in them.
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Dependant on how you coach showed its weight when weight my passenger side was the heavy side so I put my tool box on the drivers side near rear tires for better balanced weight.
So, if you break down along the highway you have to go out into traffic to get to your tools?
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So, if you break down along the highway you have to go out into traffic to get to your tools?
That's a good point. I put mine on the passenger side to balance out the probably weight on the front front driver's wheel. Never thought about accessing them during a break down. Though I'd suspect a lot of folks would just call roadside assistance. I doubt I'd do too much on the side of the road, exposed to traffic.
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I went from an old Dutch Star pusher to our Canyon Star.

Not sure about weight limits in the cargo area but I can tell you the floor(s) of the cargo area are not as solid as my old DP.

I carry a water softener and noticed when I loaded it in a cargo bay the floor was - well - stretched. Basically it was bowing.....hmmmmm..
Now i drain the softener before loading it and placed some plywood on the bay floor to give it a little support. Looks good now........

My took kit weighs nowhere near the water softener.......

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Dan, you should call Newmar and ask them to email you the weight specs as your motorhome left the factory, it shows corner weights. Itís a good reference tool to start your packing. As for the weight in a single bay, I have went with smaller tool boxís so that I could spread the weight out.
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Cargo Bay Weight Limits?

My 3113 was surprisingly well balanced from the factory. The passenger side is a little lighter in the front and heavier in the rear. When you start filling the fresh water tank you add weight to the right rear.

I put my leveling blocks (greatest waste of space and weight) and tools on the driver side opposite the fresh water tank.

When I had the 4 corner weight done with water in the tanks and all our gear loaded the passenger side was 400lbs heavier (100 in the front and 300 in the rear)
As for the weight limit, 2/3 of the fresh water tank (350+ lbs.) rests on the floor the cargo bay.
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As far as total weight, we're on the 24,000# chassis. Total weight, axle weight and even corner weight (I believe the 24k chassis has different tires too) shouldn't be a big issue. We should be significantly under GVWR. But there is the balance issue. We'll have to get weighed to see where we're at but then get a corner weigh at some point and adjust. But I think we'll be under in all aspects unless I horribly overload one corner of the coach.
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So, if you break down along the highway you have to go out into traffic to get to your tools?
Afraid I never broke down to find out, I must've had well maintained coach's.
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While at Freightliner, they were looking for a noise in the suspension/frame. They actually emptied two bins and had two mechanics ride in the bays while another drove around the parking lot to find the problem. These boys weren't small either. (they did find the problem. EXCELLENT SERVICE!)
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