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Old 11-29-2015, 05:04 PM   #1
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Bay Star 3401 Weights

We have narrowed down our search to a Newmar BS3401. My only concern is the NCC rating of 2,877 lbs. with the 22K chassis. This is the 3rd lowest NCC in the Bay Star line. We want the residential refrigerator and the 2 additional batteries that come with it along with the 2 A/Cs and 5.5 generator. We primarily travel with just 2 adults and 2 small dogs and typically boondock so we carry a full load of fresh water. I don't want to be running the rig right at max weight capacity. I already asked Newmar, via a local dealer, if I can upgrade to a 24K chassis, was told "No". Do you think this is enough weight capacity or should I be looking at the 3124 with a NCC of 3970 lbs?
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Forget about NCC, CCC and try to get actual weights on the axle then subtract that from the GAWR for each axle. Also the total weight and subtract from the GVWR.
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Forget about NCC, CCC and try to get actual weights on the axle then subtract that from the GAWR for each axle. Also the total weight and subtract from the GVWR.
Our experience with a Canyon Star 3410 (non-full wall slide bunk model, highest NCC Canyon Star of that model year):

NCC = 3769
Weight with about 1000lb of batteries 1/3 back from front wheels, full load including people, gear, fuel and water. Rear axle was about 14,300lb of 14,500lb, front axle was about 6,900lb of 7500lb. Side to side was good, don't remember exact numbers but no axle end was over 50% of the axle rating. So we had some left on the front and almost nothing on the back.

Note the Canyon Star came standard with the second A/C and the larger generator.

I would highly recommend getting weights of a completed Baystar 3401 as Gordon suggested or going with the coach with the higher NCC if the floorplan is acceptable.
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Thanks for the inputs. Good points to consider. Hopefully someone with a similarly equipped (residential refrig) 3401 will chime in with their actual weights.
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