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Old 08-20-2019, 08:29 PM   #29
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Your profile shows that you own a Newmar. Contact them and they will be able to provide all the information you need.


Newmar can provide the axle weight ratings and maybe the weight at the time it left the factory; but since his rig shows a Ford chassis Mountain Aire I think itís an older rig that may have had various upgrades over the years.

Changing out a tube TV or a gas absorption fridge can change the weight substantially.

So I would recommend getting the axle ratings from Newmar; making sure nothing was modified that changed the chassis rating (eg wheels and tires are easy to substitute) and then get a 4 corner weight at a certified scale.

Then you can determine how much weight you can add for food, clothes, water and passengers and any tongue weight if you tow a trailer.
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We are new RV'ers...but I saw the tag in the cabinet saying do not go over weight capacity..but didn't list the weight


If you have a Newmar, the weight sticker should be in a kitchen cabinet. Mine is on the back of a door, but I have seen them on other cabinet internal panels as well. Every Newmar is weighed at the factory and the weight sticker is generated and printed for the customer.
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What has not been mentioned in this discussion is that weight distribution plays a big part in how the coach handles. The more weight you have behind the rear axle the more sway you will have. For better handling, you want as much weight forward as you can without overloading the front axle.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:48 AM   #32
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If you have a Newmar, the weight sticker should be in a kitchen cabinet. Mine is on the back of a door, but I have seen them on other cabinet internal panels as well. Every Newmar is weighed at the factory and the weight sticker is generated and printed for the customer.
I'm not sure about the Newmar, but our Mirada has a weight sticker in the cabinet that corresponds to the RVIA standards which are somewhat different than what is on the yellow stickers near the driver's seat. However they both show the build weight and GVWR. What is different is the CCC VS OCCC calculations.
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I'm not sure about the Newmar, but our Mirada has a weight sticker in the cabinet that corresponds to the RVIA standards which are somewhat different than what is on the yellow stickers near the driver's seat. However they both show the build weight and GVWR. What is different is the CCC VS OCCC calculations.
Oh wow thanks..I looked up all the acronyms..
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Newmar can provide the axle weight ratings and maybe the weight at the time it left the factory; but since his rig shows a Ford chassis Mountain Aire I think itís an older rig that may have had various upgrades over the years.

Changing out a tube TV or a gas absorption fridge can change the weight substantially.

So I would recommend getting the axle ratings from Newmar; making sure nothing was modified that changed the chassis rating (eg wheels and tires are easy to substitute) and then get a 4 corner weight at a certified scale.

Then you can determine how much weight you can add for food, clothes, water and passengers and any tongue weight if you tow a trailer.
Yes, it will be necessary to weigh the coach. Otherwise itís a guessing game.

After getting the numbers from Newmar Iíd load it for travel, leaving the fresh, black and grey tanks empty and head to the nearest scales. Water weight is simple to add to the total later. If your under and have the capacity to add water youíre good to go, provided no corner is more than 50% of the axle rating. If not, take less stuff.
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The weight limitation is there for reason. #1 is usually the bearings and suspension. #2 is usually the brakes. #3 is usually the engine and cooling.
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What is the danger of over weight capacity on a motor home?

Longer stopping distance and shorter tire life and worse mpg.
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Because my Fiancť was being overly friendly with taking 9 people, a half a tank of water, their luggage plus extra people luggage, and frozen food.
The tires had not even been checked for proper pressure..So glad I asked..we ended up not taking it cause we damaged the slide out..Which I believe was a Blessing from God..Cause he was determined to take all this stuff..Not including the weight of everyone on it
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Itís certainly a legitimate question. The fact that they have asked the question may indicate a willingness to learn and make adjustments to keep their coach below the GVWR.

Itís a step in the right direction compared to the 60% who blindly or knowingly operate an RV in excess of the stated weight capacity.
Yes it is legitimate, he gave his reasons for asking in post #38.
I commend him for asking questions before hitting the road.
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Because my Fiancť was being overly friendly with taking 9 people, a half a tank of water, their luggage plus extra people luggage, and frozen food.
The tires had not even been checked for proper pressure..So glad I asked..we ended up not taking it cause we damaged the slide out..Which I believe was a Blessing from God..Cause he was determined to take all this stuff..Not including the weight of everyone on it
Yup, good call. The number of people really should not exceed the number of seats with seatbelts. That's always a good argument to make.

My 22,000 pounder on a Ford F53 chassis had just over 2,000 pounds of cargo carrying capacity when brand new. That was with full fuel and a full fresh water tank. It's belted for six (including the driver and front passenger) and at 200 lbs apiece there is only 800 pounds left for other stuff. I never want to bump up against the limit because that's rarely a good idea with anything.

I used to work on business jets where weight and balance are a major safety consideration. When you consider "balance" think of the center of gravity.

Even if you are not overweight, if there is too much of the weight too far forward or too far rear or too much on one side it negatively affects the overall handling, steering, cornering and braking. Those all take away from the safety margin and push you further away from a "close call" and closer to a "bad thing".

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Yes it is legitimate, he gave his reasons for asking in post #38.
I commend him for asking questions before hitting the road.
Iíve never pondered the timing of the answer being relevant to the legitimacy of the question.

Sheís on the right track and will continue to find answers from the helpful folks on this forum.
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Thanks everyone!!! You all are so helpful...Again we are new..i love all the feedback
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