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Old 10-03-2015, 09:19 AM   #15
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We've never done any extended boon docking, maybe 3 or 4 days, so there's never been a need to carry a full load of water, maybe a 1/4 tank, and also never a full black or grey tank. A full water tank adds 1,200lbs., add in full black & grey tanks, and you could easily add another 6-800 lbs. I've never worried about being over weight in over 5yrs. of fulltiming.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:24 PM   #16
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....A full water tank adds 1,200lbs., add in full black & grey tanks, and you could easily add another 6-800 lbs.....
I can't ever imagine a scenario that would leave me with a full tank of fresh water AND full holding (black & grey) tanks. My coach has a fresh tank capacity of 100 gallons, a 60 gallon grey tank and a 40 gallon black tank. Even though there's space for 200 gallons of water (and "additives") ... I factor in a maximum of 850 pounds of water. I never take on additional fresh water until the holding tanks that contain the previous 100 or so gallons have been drained. No sense adding fresh water unless there's space in the holding tanks for whatever goes down the drain.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:38 PM   #17
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I can't ever imagine a scenario that would leave me with a full tank of fresh water AND full holding (black & grey) tanks.
Same here. For carrying capacity calculations, I'm assuming full fresh and empty grey/black. I assume that anything added to grey/black will come from the fresh tank (for the most part).
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Old 11-14-2015, 10:51 AM   #18
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We weighed not long after buying our Discovery in March. We were over in the rear by 40#'s and under in the front by 1100#'s. Try to get heaviest stuff to the front. Twice we've gone thru everything to get unessentials and duplicates out.
New rule: Bring something in, take something out of equal weight or volume. Exception: consumables. ie. Food.
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My husband and I will be fulltiming, hopefully, next year. I can't imagine having 3000 lbs of stuff for the two of us. I don't think our clothes, laptops, dvds, books, kitchen stuff, and toiletries would weigh more than 500 lbs. I'm not sure where, in our RV, we would put 3000 lbs of stuff, even if we loaded the basement. When the time comes, we will be keeping a close eye on this, as we load the coach for what will be, god willing, the last time.
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Old 11-14-2015, 05:27 PM   #20
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Less is More.
Best answer

We FTd for 7 yrs. (34' 5th wheel)

We found out that really didn't need all that stuff
Each year we would go across a set of CAT Scales

And if something was NOT used in 6 mos. then it wasn't needed.

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1 bag in...2 bags out
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Old 11-14-2015, 11:14 PM   #21
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We ended up loading about 4000 lbs - still have 1200 lbs available but don't need it - we have to much 'stuff' as it is.

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Old 11-15-2015, 07:37 PM   #22
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My husband and I will be fulltiming, hopefully, next year. I can't imagine having 3000 lbs of stuff for the two of us. I don't think our clothes, laptops, dvds, books, kitchen stuff, and toiletries would weigh more than 500 lbs. I'm not sure where, in our RV, we would put 3000 lbs of stuff, even if we loaded the basement. When the time comes, we will be keeping a close eye on this, as we load the coach for what will be, god willing, the last time.
Trust me....you definitely will not get by with 500 lb.!!
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We have equipped our coach much as if we were home. We have good pots, dinner plates, regular cutlery, etc. We enjoy our home amenities and take as much as we need to have the same level in the coach.

Might as well load up. The difference is negligible.
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It can be surprising how the weight can add up. A couple three thousand pounds of stuff is not uncommon.
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My husband and I will be fulltiming, hopefully, next year. I can't imagine having 3000 lbs of stuff for the two of us. I don't think our clothes, laptops, dvds, books, kitchen stuff, and toiletries would weigh more than 500 lbs. I'm not sure where, in our RV, we would put 3000 lbs of stuff, even if we loaded the basement. When the time comes, we will be keeping a close eye on this, as we load the coach for what will be, god willing, the last time.
The chuckles you hear from those of us who have been out for quite a few years are reflections on our own follies when we were starting out. Trust us - things weigh more than you think! And that basement will fill up so fast it will make your head spin. 2-4 folding chairs/chaises, folding table, grill, winter clothes (remember, it all has to come with you), tools, water hoses (because you will need multiple sizes) sewer hoses (because there will be a time when you need 30 ft of sewer hoses in order to dump), electrical extension cord (50 amp cords weigh a lot more than you think ), extra filters, patio mats, Christmas lights, and on and on.

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Our '02 DS is 26308 empty, 28026 UVW when you account for fluids etc, and 31000 max gross.

We've been weighed twice in the 3-1/2 years we've been on the road, and we run right at 31000 Lbs all the time. So we're toting around 2974 Lbs of stuff-- plus what we carry in the toad when in travel mode. You will be amazed at how your stuff multiplies unless you are absolutely ruthless!


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We total out at 40,851 with a GVWR of 45,660. Full fresh water and empty holding tanks.
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