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Old 08-18-2014, 09:35 PM   #1
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Calculating CCC

My wife and I are looking at our first RV and, among all the other decisions, we are now worrying about CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity). The big problem is how do we find out the actual curb weight of a MH without having to visit every RV dealer we contemplate? If the curb weight is too high it will limit what toys we can take with us!
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You can get a pretty good idea of what sort of cargo capacity an RV will have by reading the rated maximums from the RV specs. Newer motorhomes all have a sticker with the various weight ratings listed. You may find it helpful to read this article on weight ratings for RVs.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:56 PM   #3
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Thanks.
With most RV dealers 2-3 hours away I was hoping there was a list on the web somewhere with approximate weights of MH's.
Taking a 3 hour trip only to find out the MH will not meet our needs is a bit disappointing.
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Get a tag axle........ups the CCC by a big margin.
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Glad you're aboard. You might get some kind of idea by checking the model brochure for the coach you are interested in. Most have weight ratings in the chassis section. Probably won't be a CCC figure there but other info that might give you some idea. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Welcome to iRV2.

First your doing the right thing by being aware that many MH's are over loaded, or very close to being over loaded , leaving the factory.
Many times even if you find a CCC listed, for a base model, a lot of the CCC is eaten away by options, tile floors, washing machines, window awnings all take away from the base CCC.
JMHO: The problem is worse on the gas chassis MHs and a few members have taken to factory ordering their RVs with a heavier duty chassis.
Although when I was shopping I did see a diesel pusher with only 518 lbs CCC.
If you are looking at used gas powered units , look for those built on 24,000 lb chassis.
To save yourselves a trip, call the dealership or person advertising the RV and have them e mail you a photo, of the weight sheet.
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My wife and I are looking at our first RV and, among all the other decisions, we are now worrying about CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity). The big problem is how do we find out the actual curb weight of a MH without having to visit every RV dealer we contemplate? If the curb weight is too high it will limit what toys we can take with us!
Have the dealer email you picture(s) of the coach weight sticker for any coach you might be interested in.

That being said, be careful with that information. You need to understand that you will not be able to use all the CCC because you will max out an axle before you max out GVWR. It will not give you the actual axle weights.

A tag axle is not a guarantee you will not have axle weight problems because the steerer axle can get overloaded easily in some coaches. Also, it sound like you might be looking at a toy hauler maybe? Rear axle weight will be critical then.

Finally, if you find a vehicle that might look promising, before you agree to buy make the dealer get actual axle weights. It would be best with full fuel, water and propane but if you know the levels of those tanks you can calculate fairly closely what the weights would be if full.
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My wife and I are looking at our first RV and, among all the other decisions, we are now worrying about CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity). The big problem is how do we find out the actual curb weight of a MH without having to visit every RV dealer we contemplate? If the curb weight is too high it will limit what toys we can take with us!
You are on the right track for considering CCC in the purchase of an RV. Many people don't think about it, so many RVs are overloaded resulting not only in safety issues, but also in excessive wear and tear on their RV.

A weight sticker listing CCC (OCCC is the newest measure for motorhomes) is supposed to be posted in every RV. RV shows are a good way to see a number of RVs all in one place, and to look at the weight stickers. Most major cities have RV shows, and there are also smaller shows held by local dealers in shopping malls.

Keep in mind the curb weight they use is on the sticker is frequently a calculated weight, not an actual weight so it may be off a little. The weight also may not include all the options you end up buying, so there is another way that inaccuracies are introduced. However, the weights on the sticker will at least give you an idea of where you stand.
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