Originally Posted by fvstringpicker
And what adds to the confusion are the rv manufactures apparently understating both the total weight and hitch/tongue weight of their units.
Many people discover there new RV is significantly heavier than advertised even before loading any personal supplies and material.
When we purchased our 5er the actual weight we received was higher that the advertised weight. Upon looking at the unit the weight was for the basic unit.
We added a generator, and the bedroom slide was an option, dual pane windows, an extra water tank, built in vacuum. While that increased the curb weight the GVWR remained the same.
IMO it is foolish for anyone to look at the published weights for the basic unit and start planning for a TV that is suitable. Using the GVWR would be more practical.
I do not know anyone who will ever use their unit at the base weight. About the only time they will tow at the minimum weight is when they tow it home the first time. Many will say they are not going to add much - they are fooling themselves.
The DW has added lots of pots and pans, lots of correlle dishes, appliances, our cleaning products rival the cleaning section in the store, extra blankets, clothes, plus a couple motorcycles, full fuel tank, tools. It did not take long to get to the GVW.
Fortunately the dealer I purchased the truck from was knowledgeable. I thought he was overselling me until I got the unit on the scales. The truck I wanted would be sadly overloaded.