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Old 01-15-2015, 11:04 AM   #1
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Dry weight question

If the weight of an RV is quoted in "dry weight", is that quote without the refrigerator, oven, etc.? Does anyone know the ballpark difference between dry weight and the shipping weight of an RV?

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Old 01-15-2015, 11:15 AM   #2
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No. The dry weight will be the weight as normally equipped from the manufacturer. It is the weight with no water in any of the tanks, no propane in the tanks, no food, none of your personal belongings, etc.


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Old 01-15-2015, 11:24 AM   #3
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In all likely hood dry weight is the designed weight of the trailer. It would be without water, propane etc as already pointed out. It would also be without options. If AC was an option it would not be included. Our 5er had a bedroom slide as an option which was not included in the dry weight.

Shipping weight will be the trailer as manufactured. With all options. It is the weight of the trailer delivered to the dealer. Still no water, propane or your stuff.

The difference between shipping weight and GVWR is what you can add to the unit.

If you add no options the difference between the two should be very small.
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As was already said, there is no rule to true it up. Your best bet is to look at the gross vehicle weight of the trailer and figure 10-15% of that for hitch weight.
If you can comfortably tow THAT, happy camping.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:47 AM   #5
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As was already said, there is no rule to true it up. Your best bet is to look at the gross vehicle weight of the trailer and figure 10-15% of that for hitch weight.
If you can comfortably tow THAT, happy camping.
Gross weight of RV then 20-25% is reality!
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:30 AM   #6
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The dry weight issue discussed above can be pretty irritating.

Some of the light-weight trailer manufacturers do not even include REQUIRED "options" in their dry weight calculations. Our first trailer, a Trailmanor, was like that.

And some options can be rather heavy, cutting into the trailer's payload. We noticed that with the double pane window option in our current trailer.

As suggested, it is safest to use the trailer's GVWR as a max loaded weight, then choose a high value of percentage tongue weight. Both my bumper pull trailers have been over 15%, so that's what I would use. If it's a fifth wheel, I'd use 25%.
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:16 AM   #7
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The manufacturer's dry weight often varies greatly from their literature--vs. actual.

Last thing manufacturers do as their trailers leave the factory is run them across a set of certified scales. A printed sheet of weights will be furnished to you.

My new fifth wheel trailer was about 500 lbs. more in total weight than advertised--all of it on the fifth wheel kingpin. And even more eyeopening was that the trailer's 700 lbs. heavier one side than on the other. The kitchen appliances and cabinetry slider is where the lateral weight difference comes from.

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