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Old 06-20-2020, 01:21 AM   #1
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Net Carrying Capacity change from 2018 to 2020

Someone from the Northwood forum (Home - Northwood RV Owners Association Forum) posted a comparison chart of the change in net carrying capacity from 2018 to 2020. I thought it very interesting although disconcerting as this spec was a major attractor for me in even being interested in northwood products about a year ago, that and the inhouse built frames. I attributed the superior carrying capacity vs. other manufacturers as them building their own frames. But now I am having doubts about this make. Attached is a copy of what this person posted.
Anyone have any theories as to why such a drastic reduction in NCC from 2018 to 2020?
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Many changes in length of the models too .

Just perhaps , issues with the 2018s lead to Northwood, changing frame manufacturers ( suppliers ) even changes in slide drive mechanisms could account for some of the weight differences.
Tire size ; axle ratings; items that were popular options , now standard equipment?
You'd need to go over the entire build sheet and check each item .
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Those are substantial decreases. Email them and ask. Post back what you find.
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WOW that is a big drop in capacity. Anyone hear details of why?

I wonder if hitch capability capacity is part of either numbers
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From Northwood:
Good Morning,

Any change over the years is attributed to the regulations of tires and axles as well as a growing floor plan. We've added room in the rear of several units to better accommodate furniture that rides there, this also raises the units weight which lowers the GVWR. Hope this helps. Have a great day!
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Any change over the years is attributed to the regulations of tires and axles as well as a growing floor plan. We've added room in the rear of several units to better accommodate furniture that rides there, this also raises the units weight which lowers the GVWR. Hope this helps. Have a great day!

Thanks for the follow-up. It looks like the changes would be from stronger regulations since the additional weight changes were small. But if the regulation changes for tires would decrease payload, would make more sense to fit stronger tires to get the NCC back? Changing out axles would be a much bigger change.
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