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Old 03-17-2006, 08:05 AM   #1
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I am doing homework before we take the plunge. I have seen the lists of "stuff" but haven't seen any total weights of stuff,looking for round figures for a couple for vacationing for a month or so.

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Old 03-17-2006, 08:05 AM   #2
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I am doing homework before we take the plunge. I have seen the lists of "stuff" but haven't seen any total weights of stuff,looking for round figures for a couple for vacationing for a month or so.

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Old 03-17-2006, 01:19 PM   #3
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Well, first of all Welcome to the site

Now a lot depends on time of the year, do you eat out or cook at the RV? How much or how many "toys" do you take with you?
Do you fill the water tank for boondocking or just take bottled water?
Winter clothes weigh more and take up a lot of space vs. a vacation to the beach in July.
Things to consider. A couple will "weigh" a lot less than a family of four.
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Old 03-19-2006, 06:01 AM   #4
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I read in a Jayco?, brochure that a family of four would add approx 1000 pounds of "stuff" to the rv for a trip.
I don't have any idea how accurate that was.
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Old 03-19-2006, 06:34 AM   #5
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From the "dry weight" on an RV you can add 500# to well over 1000# depending on what options were included or not included in the weight, how much water you carry and how much other necessities you carry.

Most of the "entry level" trailers do not include anything that is listed as an option. This includes things such as the A/C, microwave, batteries, TV, awning and so on. Best to look for the sticker in one of the cabinets which list the UVW (unloaded vehicle weight) which is SUPPOSED to represent the weight of the trailer as it left the factory, less any dealer added options.

Remember that water weighs 8.33 #/gallon and propane is about 6.0 #/gallon. So you see that 30 gallons of water adds a fair amount of weight.

Hope this gives you some insight into the weight issue. And welcome to the site.

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Canned foods and beverages will add up fast. A simple exercise is to use a home scale to weigh some canned food and note how many cans it takes to make 10 pounds or 20 pounds. Then you can count cans in the future instead of weighing stuff all the time. Weigh 5 or 10 pairs of jeans, 10 shirts, ect...to get average clothes weight. Oh I forgot, dont collect rocks!
When we had a popup we really had to watch what we crammed into it. Our fiver has about 3000 pounds of "stuff capacity", but with fuel costing so much, I still try and watch for unnecessary weight (like not leaving four scuba tanks in the storage compartment when we are not planning on any diving during that trip).
We always bring back about 80% of the food we take. I take that into account when packing for the next trip, but it still happens every trip

A good instructional video on "stuff" is the classic Lucy movie "The Long, Long Trailer." available at video stores.
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We keep a copy of that movie in our trailer and watch it once in awhile - just for a reality check.
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It wasnt to hard for me and my family(5 total)+dog to rack up around 1100lb .Thats packing clothes for a week and most of our food,tools chairs you know the rest.Real world weight limits on my trailer after water and propane only gave me 1300lb's till I was over my gcvw.I made sure on this new rig I wouldnt be overloaded before I started adding supplies.

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Thanks folks,gives me a good idea of what I will be allowed( the clothes on my back) wife will use the rest.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I will be allowed( the clothes on my back) wife will use the rest. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Now, that's about right! for that's the way it is around our house also.
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Old 03-30-2006, 08:50 AM   #11
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Great Reply about clothes on your back !!

The advice about weighing some clothes and canned goods is a Great idea! I am going to try that out. We just got a new trailer and I am really trying to take Less !
Will watch the movie (one of my all time favorites) again.....DH thinks I identify with it !

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