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Why You Should Weigh Your Trailer (and How)

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  • Why You Should Weigh Your Trailer (and How)

    Short 10 minute video by Jared Gillis on the very important topic of your RV's weight. Jared talks really fast so you may need to watch, and rewatch, to absorb all that he discusses. Some info is glossed over (like how to weigh at a CAT scale), so feel free to ask questions if something isn't clear.



    His website with all the related links from YouTube is here: https://allaboutrvsinfo.com/weighing-your-rv/

    For convenience I've attached a copy of his worksheet.
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    Last edited by howson; 12-08-2020, 09:17 PM.
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    Howard, 2017 Ford F-350 DRW, '19 315RLTSPlus

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    Moderator note: the post below is a copy from the Sherline Tongue Scale - Using, Storing & Helpful Info thread, post 7. Rob's method seems applicable to this topic, too. For more on the Sherline scale see the other thread. -Howard

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    A Sherline scale can also be used to measure individual wheel weight.

    Measure the distance from axle tube to ground at the position to be weighed. You will need to return to this measurement to make sure that you are measuring exactly what that tire was carrying with all four tires on the ground. Lift just this axle end at the U bolts and remove the tire. Lower this supporting jack to just below your original measurement to the ground. Now, lift with another jack and the Sherline scale until the axle end just lifts off its supporting jack and returns to the original distance from the ground.

    I made a hardwood lifting block that slides over the two lower wheel studs to make this lift more secure, but you will only be lifting 1/8" or less off the supporting jack.

    To make this weight as accurate as possible, the front of the trailer should be supported at the hitch ball or 5th wheel pin (this is more important on 5th wheels where the front legs are well back from the pin location).

    Just another project to keep us busy while we all stay home .

    Rob

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    Last edited by howson; 12-12-2020, 03:48 PM.
    Cate & Rob
    (with Border Collies Molly & Angel and their kitty Gracie)
    2015 Reflection 303RLS
    2014 Ecoboost F150 with Heavy Duty Payload Package
    Bayham, Ontario, Canada

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