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Old 11-03-2015, 08:25 AM   #1
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Weight Creep

Being full timers we carry more than weekenders.
Our first trip out I got it weighed so I knew what tire pressures to use.
Came home and got some stuff out.
But we had to have more STUFF for conveniences.
I finally compared the actuals to the Mfgr axle and gross weight capacities.
We were over-weight on the rear (40 lbs) and under on the front but only by 1100 lbs. before we added more. It's a DP with 3051# Cargo capacity. Includes Fuel, water, sewage, junk, us, animals, food, clothes, everything.
So we go through everything again. Fill up the car and take it back to the relatives. I moved all the heavy stuff forward as much as possible.
Breaking axles, poor handling, taxing tires, reduced hill climbing ability, are NOT one of my objectives.
Get your RV weighed. Mine was $10.50 at a truck stop.
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Old 11-03-2015, 12:43 PM   #2
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We fulltime also and have come up with the rule "if we haven't needed, thought of, touched or expressed a desire for an object in the MH in the last six months" it's obvious we don't need it! We have pared down to the point we actually have extra space, especially outside. For her getting rid of a bunch of clothes she was not wearing and for me it was various tools. But it takes discipline!
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Old 11-03-2015, 12:53 PM   #3
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Boy you have that right. I am reloading MHome now for winter in Florida. Last May had trouble pulling in slide, I had to unload slide to pull up and in. It carries 4 door refrigerator din booth, sofa bed and the 3 largest basement compartments. Basement had 4 tool bags plus misc. parts. Booth had 100 plus 12 oz cans of drinks and water not counting 8 bottles of wine, plus a little booze.

Motor home when on the scale during trip back came in a 1000 lbs over max combined capacity. Wow I had no idea.

It was well balanced and I found no problem with ride or hill climbing. My goal is dropping 1500 lbs minimum.
I am starting with half the tools unloading 90% of parts and liquids are off. some clothes maybe some of dw shoes. Just kidding myself about the shoes.

Also leaving bedroom door, it is not that heavy but drives me nuts, it is always in the way. Had two ladders, one very heavy little giant 2nd was light add-on to rear cap ladder. We had way to many out door chairs (13) now loading 7 so some improvement.

stay safe and under weight.
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13 outdoor chairs?😨


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Yes, 13 Chairs but to be fair only 5 outdoor tables for food and drinks.
I really think the two of us need to cut back lol

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Old 11-03-2015, 08:57 PM   #6
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I have a BYOC policy, but still carry 2 bag-chairs and 2 directors-type chairs. Haven't used the bag chairs in over a year, so they are going into storage.
A rule/guide on the escapees forums is, if you haven't used it in a year get rid of it. If you bring something in the RV, something must go out.
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I have talked to many people who carry way too much food and drink. Unless your boondocking 100 miles from a store for a month then unload it. There's a grocery store everywhere. Really 100 cans of drinks???
We are fulltime and underweight. Something comes in then something goes out
Ron says that he's now down to 1 pair of underwear and a shirt !!!!!!
I actually get cranky when I can't find stuff every few months to get rid of
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New Rule:
If you bring something into the RV, something of equal weight or volume must go out!
Exception: Consumables, but not in excess.
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