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Old 04-29-2016, 10:19 AM   #21
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Sorry to go back to the Texas DMV info. I read on the DMV website that in Texas the safety inspections are required for trailers with a GVWR over 4500 lbs. With the 21' listed at 4500 lbs, it would be just under the limit. From that it looks like only the 5.0TA would need the safety inspection in Texas. It clearly says "over" 4500 lbs.
ETI's website says (or did - I haven't checked it lately) 4500 lbs for the 21, but our Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin says 4600 - which means we have to have the inspection. Every year.
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Old 04-29-2016, 02:03 PM   #22
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ETI's website says (or did - I haven't checked it lately) 4500 lbs for the 21, but our Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin says 4600 - which means we have to have the inspection. Every year.
That 100 lbs sure causes a problem - I wonder if Reese would consider changing that to 4500 lbs, at least for Texas.
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Old 04-29-2016, 02:52 PM   #23
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The 2017 models may be a bit heavier than the 16's and prior with the changes, but probably too early to determine yet.
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Old 04-29-2016, 02:54 PM   #24
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]The 2017 models may be a bit lighter than the 16's and prior with the changes, but probably too early to determine yet.

But I doubt it.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:15 PM   #25
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I was going to add to my post that JB will come on and say they'll be lighter, but didn't have time.
Since you've seen and talked more with ETI than most I'm curious what information you have in your pocket that would make them lighter. Not able to determine if they will be or won't be, but the awning and door change alone to me seem like they would add weight.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:18 PM   #26
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I was going to add to my post that JB will come on and say they'll be lighter, but didn't have time.
Since you've seen and talked more with ETI than most I'm curious what information you have in your pocket that would make them lighter. Not able to determine if they will be or won't be, but the awning and door change alone to me seem like they would add weight.
In order to make the body more "squarish" ETI would have to be adding more fiberglass to the whole shell.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:48 PM   #27
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4600 lbs. was on 2015 certificates and maybe earlier. Don't know if the website's 4500 was ever correct. Maybe someone with a 2014 certificate knows what is on it.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:53 PM   #28
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So in Texas a 21' needs the inspection every year? Where is it done and who does it? And what is the cost?
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:54 PM   #29
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I was going to add to my post that JB will come on and say they'll be lighter, but didn't have time.
Since you've seen and talked more with ETI than most I'm curious what information you have in your pocket that would make them lighter. Not able to determine if they will be or won't be, but the awning and door change alone to me seem like they would add weight.
You may be wise, but I be a bit quicker.

I really have no insight into the weight differences, and for the most part I bet they are not that different, though in the Texas case, it seems a few pounds can make for some pain it the butt inspections.....strange.

I was thinking the awning would be a fair bit lighter. I think the fabric is lighter, and the arms can't weigh more than the arms and rafters of the previous awning. Just guessing though. Like Charlie alluded to, I imagine there will be a few more pounds of glass and resin due to the squared corners. I don't imagine the door would be a lot different in weight, as the panels will be thinner, but then there is the weight of the aluminum frame to consider. The windows are anyone's guess.

Maybe we should start a contest to see who can best guess the weight difference!
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My guess would certainly be heavier, but it's only an educated guess.

There's a bit more body as Charlie mentioned,
I would guess the heavier on the awning but that could be looked up in specs if anyone wants to do the search,
the body structure around the awning should be heavier,
the door might be a bit lighter but not enough to make up for the body,
the longer crossmembers and axle tubes (due to the wider frame rail spacing) will be heavier,
larger tanks will be heavier, and
if the "frameless" windows are chosen the larger area of glass will weigh more.
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