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Old 05-04-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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Nice trip to scale today

Weighed the TT with the new truck setup. Went pretty well I think.
2006 Dodge 3500 SRW with my 2012 Keystone Sprinter

Truck only
Steer - 4860
Drive - 3540

Truck and TT with no WD bars
Steer - 4400
Drive - 5100
Trailer - 7840

Truck and TT with WD on 7 links
Steer - 4780
Drive - 4600
Trailer - 8000

According to my calculations the TT by itself is 8980 which is way less than I was expecting. The only weight that isn't in it right now is food for camping. We stock for each trip.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:40 AM   #2
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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Weighed the TT with the new truck setup. Went pretty well I think.
2006 Dodge 3500 SRW with my 2012 Keystone Sprinter

Truck only
Steer - 4860
Drive - 3540

Truck and TT with no WD bars
Steer - 4400
Drive - 5100
Trailer - 7840
GVW w/ TT 9,500
GVW w/o TT = 8,400
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Tongue weight = 1,100 pounds
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GCW w/o WD = 17,340
GVW w/o TT = 8,400
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gross trailer weight = 8,940
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1100 divided by 8940 = 12.3% hitch weight. Very close to average of 12.5%, so apparently you did a good job of properly loading the weight in the trailer.

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Truck and TT with WD on 7 links
Steer - 4780
Drive - 4600
Trailer - 8000
Hitch weight distributed to the front axle = 380 pounds or 35 %. That's a bit high, so you need to adjust the hitch to get that closer to 25%.

Hitch weight distributed to the trailer axles = 160, or 15%. That's a bit low, so you need to adjust the hitch to bring that closer to 25%.

My guess is the adjustment needed is probably the angle of the ball to the coupler. Move the ball mount forward or backward a notch or two to change that angle. No, I don't know which direction you need to move it.

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According to my calculations the TT by itself is 8980 which is way less than I was expecting.
Hmmmm. I get 8,940. How did you calculate 8,980?

Did you have approximately the amount of water in the fresh-water tank you will haul so you can flush the pottie when on the road? We haul at least 5 gallons of fresh water, and often 15 or 20 gallons or more. That can add weight in a hurry. And of course if you have to hit the road with a lot of grey and black water in the holding tanks, that will really increase the gross weight of the trailer.
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Oops, either a typo or fat fingured the calculator. Thanks for catching it. I could drop a link to maybe 8 instead of 7 under tension. I would say that the only weight that wasn't present was bicycles in the back of the truck but we don't always take those. They certainly wouldn't add that much.
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