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Old 09-11-2014, 11:17 AM   #15
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Smokey, thanks for your invaluable unsurpassed information about tires. I really appreciate it.
I am not following your trailer GVWR logic though.
Originally Posted by SmokeyWren View Post
Ignore all that nonsense about UVW and CCC and use the GVWR of the trailer. Old experienced RVers will confirm that you'll probably have the trailer loaded to near the GVWR soon after you begin RVing. ... The CCC is not important in matching trailer to tow vehicle. All you need is actual wet and loaded hitch weight, and hitch weight is a percentage of GVWR. So the only trailer spec you need is the GVWR of the trailer.
Let's take a hypothetical example:
Trailer A has an aluminum frame, 1 slide, no washer & dryer & weighs in at UVW 6,400 lbs.
Trailer B has a wooden frame, 2 slides with a washer & dryer & weighs in at UVW 8,400 lbs.
Both trailer A & B have close to identical suspension & axle girth giving them a GVWR of close to 10,000 lbs.
Consequently, trailer A has a CCC of ~3,600 & trailer B has a CCC of ~1,600.
Couple A will be hooked to the grid & have 2 dogs & consequently need an extra slide & washer & dryer.
Couple B wants to boondock off the grid with a generator, solar panels & batteries & don't mind limited space & washing their clothes by hand in the freshwater spring.
Which couple will buy which trailer?

Originally Posted by SmokeyWren View Post
The heaviest 5er you can tow without being overloaded probably has GVWR of around 8,000 pounds with about 17% pin weight.
While I'll admit that I'm very bad at math, this is not what my numbers are showing.

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