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Old 05-26-2011, 11:49 PM   #1
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trailer weight question - please help if you can

Hi Everybody - Husband and I are long time lurkers trying to make up our minds about whether or not to take the plunge. That's a different story from what i need help with...

I am coming here for help because the majority of folks who frequent this board really seem to know their RVs. My sister is selling a 13(?) foot 1995 Bonair trailer. We don't know what it weighs and it seems hard to find the info on the Internet.

Her insurance papers list the weight as 1400 kg which translates to approx. 2,800 pounds. Does that seem illogical to anyone out there? It does to me...and i'm just trying to figure out if the insurance company has made an error...this trailer is teeny!

any help would be so very much apprciated. Opinions are great!
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:12 AM   #2
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Re: trailer weight question - please help if you can

The insurance papers may be giving the Gross Vehicle Weight which is the weight of the trailer plus the maximum weight of the stuff that you can put in it. I don't know what the situation is where you live, but when I want to weigh my trailer here in Manitoba, I just pull onto any of the truck weigh scales on the highway so only the trailer wheels are on the scale and just read the weight off of the display. It's free if you don't need a printout of your weight, and they don't mind at all if you you're quick about it. Then you get the tongue weight using a bathroom scale or similar and add that to the axle weight to get the total. When you weigh the axle, if you have a weight distribution hitch the bars must not be installed.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:13 AM   #3
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Re: trailer weight question - please help if you can

You could always just tow it to a truck stop to weigh it.. The cost is usually pretty reasonable.

Or if you're adventurous you can try this

http://www.boldinventions.com/index....ence&Itemid=55
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:25 AM   #4
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Taking her out to a trailer scale may be the only way to solve this. thanks for your help guys. Really appreciate it.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:47 PM   #5
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Re: trailer weight question - please help if you can

Where are you located?

If you use a trailer scale, remember that it won't measure the tongue weight. If you need more information than that, we can fill in the blanks.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:51 PM   #6
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Re: trailer weight question - please help if you can

You guys are all just awesome to be so kind me and my sister.

The trailer is in Chilliwack and my husband Dan and I are going out there this weekend to help her get it sold (she can't even get it out of the driveway because that involves going backwards).

There are a lot of people interested in it and coming to see it this weekend and if she can sell it without having to go to a scale she probably will but if there is someone who absolutely must need to know the weight before a sale can be completed at least my hubby can get it to a scale...Thank you for you kind offer to help her answer her questions...will be back if it comes to that!
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:09 AM   #7
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Re: trailer weight question - please help if you can

That does seem to be somewhat heavy. A Serro Scotty, a similar trailer, weighs only 1350 lbs with a GVWR of 2000.

http://www.scottytrailers.com/pup.php

BTW: that method of weighing could be done another way if the fulcrum were beyond the axle:

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F A S

If the distance from F (fulcrum) to A (axle) were 1/10 the distance from F to S (scale), the indication on the scale would be 1/10 the actual weight. That is 2000 lbs at A would indicate as 200 lbs at S. Accuracy would depend on your measuring.

I took our trailer to a local coal, gravel company. When she found out I didn't need a certified copy of the weight she said: "I'll turn it on. weigh what you want for free."
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You guys are all just awesome to be so kind me and my sister.

The trailer is in Chilliwack and my husband Dan and I are going out there this weekend to help her get it sold (she can't even get it out of the driveway because that involves going backwards).

There are a lot of people interested in it and coming to see it this weekend and if she can sell it without having to go to a scale she probably will but if there is someone who absolutely must need to know the weight before a sale can be completed at least my hubby can get it to a scale...Thank you for you kind offer to help her answer her questions...will be back if it comes to that!
Hi: DBully...There should be a paper afixed to the inside of a cupboard or in the closet with the required info printed on it. There should also be a plate fixed to the exterior of the body with same. Good luck for a quick sale!!! Alf
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:35 PM   #9
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Well, that trailer sold this morning to a man who didn't seem to care what it weighed.

Thank you again everyone! Problem has been resolved!

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