Truck scale fail

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  1. leningradka

    leningradka Spending a small fortune to live like homeless guy

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    Hahaha. I found that out the hard way when I did camp
    Driveway this weekend - forgot to chock my wheels and PUP ran into the back of my TV. Fortunately, we were able to hold it up and chock it before it did any damage. That was interesting.
     
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    ChocoChock01 On the road aagaain See Rallies below;

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    Re: Truck scale fail

    Yes your TW is 600# and 1000# w WDH.
    WDH will help substantially in the ride and balancing your load, but probably not necessary (load dependent). Your TW is probably in the range of 350-450#.


    A suggestion from 94-D2 was this:
    http://www.etrailer.com/Vehicle-Suspension/Firestone/F4155.html


    which also makes a substantial difference in the leveling and the ride.


    Try the Firestone solution first then decide on WDH.
     
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    ChocoChock01 On the road aagaain See Rallies below;

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    Lucky you were able to stop it

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  4. leningradka

    leningradka Spending a small fortune to live like homeless guy

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    Thanks ChocoChock01! Looking into the Firestone


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    ChocoChock01 On the road aagaain See Rallies below;

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    Let us know how they work! [:D]
     
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    So my understanding of it is the TW spec, as with anything related to rated capacities is if your vehicle is in good condition. If it's worn out, then fix it before use. Also remember that not all hitches or vehicles can handle a WDH.

    As to my earlier comment, Bubkis is completely right that some weight does transfer to the trailer's axle. I suppose if you wanted to know your unloaded tongue weight as well as if your WDH was doing a good job you could weigh 3 times, the third being with the WDH hooked up and handling load. Don't know what it would gain you though.

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    Hi all, okay here is my figures, this is loaded "no water" ready to travel, I did not have the DW, 3xDD, but thru other stuff in to try get a weight..
    Scale ticket # 1 is the total weight of my combo .
    Scale ticket # 2 is the trailer by it's self : "tongue then axle weight"
    Scale ticket # 3 is the vehicle by it's self :

    okay. so i have done a bit of rearranging to get more weight off the tongue and replaced wood with lynx to lower some of the weight.
    Any Ideas or we good..
     

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    Looks like you found a bug in the CAT scale system. When you weighed the trailer by itself it counted the 360 lbs from the second scale and put it on the first scale also. Here's what I mean: the full combination at 8280 lbs minus the TV by itself at 5100 lbs gives a trailer weight of 3180 lbs, but your "trailer only weigh" is 3520 lbs. If you take out the extra 360 lbs, it comes within the margin of error for these scales. (If you notice, they don't measure everything by 1 lbs increments, but by 20 lbs increments.)

    Could you post what kind of TV and camper you have or at least the various weight limits (GCWR, GVWR for the TV, GAWR for the front axle, GAWR for the rear axle, TW limit for the TV, , GVWR for the trailer, and GAWR for the trailer)? Otherwise we can't help a lot other than general suggestions on moving things around.
     
  9. rabird

    rabird Howdy!

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    ticket 1 (8280) less ticket 3 (5100) = trailer weight 3180

    ticket1 (2700 + 2760) less ticket 3 (5100) = tongue = 360

    2700 - 2840 = trailer reduces front axle 140#

    2760 - 2260 = trailer increases rear axle = 500#

    tongue weight = 500 - 140 = 360#


    ^^OutOfAfrica
     
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    [LOL] [LOL] [LOL] [LOL] did not see that little mistake. Ah the bug u found is my weight. Did not realize I was still on the scale.

    TV is a 2010 town & country with tow package
    Camper is a 2000 camplite 2206s
     
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    I found this in one of the doors in the camper :

    I will reweight the combo on monday after i pack for our 4 day trip, will have the kids but not the DW. this time i will be sure not to stand on the scale. lol
     

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    Also found this in the online manual that i found :
     

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