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Old 04-16-2017, 01:24 PM   #1
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I keep a spreadsheet that started with Frederick Simpson's "Trailer Weights in the Real World" at the Fiberglass RV forum (with Frederick's permission). Since retiring, he has not been weighing trailers at rallies, and the data at the Fiberglass RV forum can't be sorted, averaged, etc. The spreadsheet can be downloaded, sorted by trailer manufacturer, size, etc, and find average axle, trailer & tongue weights by model.

While I have added quite a few Escapes (as well as other trailers) to the list, I'd appreciate owners of the new molded Escapes to let me know the actually weighed axle & tongue weights of their trailers. You can email the results to me at vermilye@oswego.edu or post here. If you haven't weighed your trailer, you know you should!

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Old 04-19-2017, 05:59 AM   #2
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Thanks for your efforts. Looking forward to seeing replies with the new body style.
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Old 04-19-2017, 06:21 AM   #3
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Once I get my work done on my trailer, I hope to weight it before loading it with anything to get an idea of the base weight. I will then weigh it loaded for fun, and send you the numbers.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:50 AM   #4
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You might look into exporting that Excel file into Google Sheets. That way people just need a web browser to view it, and you could even "deputize" others to help maintain it.
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Old 04-20-2017, 09:11 AM   #5
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OK I am sure this is a rookie question but what is the best way to get our Escapes weighed? Truck scale? I assume we need to disconnect the TV .... how do we get the tongue weight? Bill
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Old 04-20-2017, 09:27 AM   #6
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OK I am sure this is a rookie question but what is the best way to get our Escapes weighed? Truck scale? I assume we need to disconnect the TV .... how do we get the tongue weight? Bill
We have a local farm coop/elevator that only charges $2 per weight, so I use them. To get the total weigh of your trailer, yes you need to disconnect and let the front jack rest on the scale. The best way to get tongue weight is with a special purpose tongue weight scale. Often, if you go to a rally someone will have one there you can borrow.

Otherwise you can make a second weight measurement on the scale with the trailer still connected, the tow off the scale, but all the wheels of the trailer on the scale. The difference between those two weight measurements will then be your tongue weight.
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Old 04-20-2017, 09:35 AM   #7
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OK I am sure this is a rookie question but what is the best way to get our Escapes weighed? Truck scale? I assume we need to disconnect the TV .... how do we get the tongue weight? Bill
Hi: CoolCampingKid... I took our 5.0TA to the Agri weigh scale, on the way out for a weeks worth of camping, and paid 5 bucks.
#1 wt. entire rig 9840 lbs.
#2 wt. Trailer on the scale still attached but truck off. 3840 lbs.
#3 wt. Trailer off the truck by itself. 4720 lbs.
#3 - #2 = pin wt. IMHO. This has been hotly debated here for years, that a half ton truck is not capable of towing a 5.0TA. I beg to differ!!!
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Alf, it's always quite interesting to see those rest stop pictures of our trailers next to the land whales isn't it?
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Hi: CoolCampingKid... I took our 5.0TA to the Agri weigh scale, on the way out for a weeks worth of camping, and paid 5 bucks.
#1 wt. entire rig 9840 lbs.
#2 wt. Trailer on the scale still attached but truck off. 3840 lbs.
#3 wt. Trailer off the truck by itself. 4720 lbs.
#3 - #2 = pin wt. IMHO. This has been hotly debated here for years, that a half ton truck is not capable of towing a 5.0TA. I beg to differ!!!
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Well I know a half ton will tow a 5.0ta because it is lighter then the older Lance 5th wheel I just sold after 18 years of service! The prior TV to my 2000 Tundra was a Dodge Dakota with the V6 .... thanks for the weighing info .... Bill
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Alf, it's always quite interesting to see those rest stop pictures of our trailers next to the land whales isn't it?
Hi: thoer... Alf
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