Originally Posted by BFlinn181
The Normandy line of trailers were made by the FAN Coach Company of Wakarusa, IN. FAN moved to LaGrange, IN and was eventually bought by Coachman in 1978 and closed shop in 1982. Coachman continued to use the FAN name for a few more years. Over 30,000 trailers were made by FAN, starting in 1954.
Most manufactured trailers have a VIN stamped on the tongue. Look on top, sides, and bottom for the VIN.
I see many issues with your plans. A trailer is usually not built on a frame or suspension or axles beefy enough to handle an additional 5,000 pounds payload. Putting all that weight over the rear half of the trailer will make it very tail heavy. A properly loaded trailer should have more weight in front of the axles rather than behind. A tail heavy trailer will exhibit extreme handling problems, sometimes suddenly, as it is pulled. Using a weight distributing hitch would only add issues, since they are designed to transfer weight to the ends of the tow vehicle and trailer.
Thank you for the information, now i can start looking it up until i get out there to find the VIN. from what i have found so far the models with 1 rear and 1 front slide were the normandy 3000 and the normandy 1000 had the 1 rear and 1 front tip out. it appears this model has the tipouts because i can see the floors are hinged and then the "slide: slides out, or it had slides originally and the hinged floors are a hack job of a repair to compenstate for weak floors...
regardless i went on nada guides to get some ideas of the weights once i had the company name, and i found this on rvvalues.com:
Please choose the configuration that most closely matches your vehicle
Model Length Weight
1000FK 34'0" 5620
3000FK 34'0" 6350
1000FSD 34'0" 5640
1000FBR 34'0" 5620
1000FJJ 34'0" 5640
1000FBB 34'0" 5640
1000FKTB 34'0" 5630
1000GR 34'0" 5620
2000FK 34'0" 5620
2000FLR 34'0" 5620
2000FBR 34'0" 5620
2000FBB 34'0" 5640
2000FJJ 34'0" 5640
2000F4B 34'0" 5650
2000FKTB 34'0" 5630
2000FSD 34'0" 5640
2000GR 34'0" 5620
3000FLR 34'0" 6110
1000F4B 34'0" 5650
And see the attached screenshot for nada guides for a 1983 model, which the seller claims it is.
Now my only question is whether these weights are unloaded dry weights or if this was the GTW, i would assume it is dry weight beccause GTW or GVW are usually rounded to the combined axle capacity.e.g. 7,000lbs, or 6,000lbs, sometimes its an odd number but on all the old trailers ive had its always a simple number. e.g. 7,500 if its a 2 5/16 ball like this one.
I also punched in our old 1992 cobra 32ft camper we had before and it was rated at 7,500lbs GVW, but was about 4800 across the scale at work because the dinette and slide out had been removed. however nada guides lists the weight for that model at 5,550, and the kitchen was also partially removed.
i am fairly sure that the GVW on the trailer frame i will find is 7,500 oor i could upgrade the hitch with the newer style that is rated for 750lbs tongue and 10,500 Gross weight, but thats around $150 to have a shop weld that in.
So logic would say the axles are rated for atleast 3,000 each, but if the hitch shows a gross rating of 7,500lbs then they would be rated for 3,750 each.
I am also seriously considering upgrading both axles to the newer 8lug design as i can pick up a set of them for around $250 up here at the trailer shop, those are rated for either 5,000lbs each or 7,000lbs each depending on which ones i choose, and they bolt right in where the existing axles are.
Another option is to add a 3rd axle behind the 2 that are already there to give a little more support for the load.
@BFlinn181 you say that the trailer is not designed for an additional 5,000 lb load, but i am not putting an additional 5,000lb load on the frame, i am removing the rear slide/tip out, which im sure will weigh 500-700lbs, and i am also removing all cabinets, tanks,the old wood wall paneling (it would be repalced with lightweight 4x8 bathroom wall panels), basically everything except the light fixtures, so im sure i would drop 1,500lbs easily there, and so using the weights provided by nadaguides, 5650 as an average - 2,200lbs for everything i have removed that brings the new weight to around 3,400lbs and then add the vehicle in the back: 5,000lbs brings it to 8,400, which is still over my ideal 7,500lbs but still well within the 9,500 of my tow rating, and if i really need to drop that extra 1,000lbs i can leave the front slide out at home during trips and just use a canvas tarp +frame to replace that wall. which im quite sure weighs alteast 1,000lbs.
My wife and i have stripped down 2 campers one a 24ft RV, and another a 30ft bumper pull, the RV started out life at 9,000lbs, and ended weighing 6,300 with just the kitchen and bathroom left in it, and the camper trailer started at 5,800 and after just gutting the dining area, and the rear bedroom area it was already down to 4,900 on the scale.
I have a set of 8 bolt 10 ply tires already if i do the axle swap so thats not an issue either.
And i have a thread regarding the WD hitch theory here: