Dry Weights & Truth in Advertising


Yes, I’m a little obsessive about weighing. Not because I think I’m over- mostly because I’m curious and this is like a new toy/game for me.

I’ve now weighed my camper in 3 different states:

  1. At the start of the season– fairly minimal for what we typically run with
  2. At the middle of the season and just prior to a 3-week trip (with an extra adult, at that)– this is the heaviest that we’ll likely ever be
  3. Completely empty & awaiting a trip back to the factory- this is as close to the day we brought her home as realistically possible

hat third one is what I want to talk about. I weighed with my fresh and hot water tanks completely empty, waste tanks as empty as they get (just a couple of gallons of water + chemicals) and all storage, cabinets, drawers, etc. completely empty. Here’s what I found:

  1. Dry weight:
  2. Dry pin/hitch weight:
  3. And now, reality:
    • My camper’s weight: 13,860 – 14,820 lbs.
    • My pin/hitch weight: 2,300 – 2,540 lbs. (16.6% – 17.1%)

All told, the advertising was fairly close to my real “dry” weights. The discrepancy between the advertised dry weight and the yellow sticker weight would likely be the upgrades that we bought on the camper (solid surface counters, electric stabilizer jacks, sofa in-place of a bunk, etc.). I think 400 pounds can be accounted for pretty easily.

I’m impressed that the yellow sticker is so close to accurate. It’s 200 pounds different- but I don’t know if they include full propane in their estimate and, of course, I’m carrying a little bit of water in each black tank. I think it’s close enough for government work.

The dry hitch weights shock me- they’re almost identical. If I had to guess, it would have to be due to the extra weight in the bunkhouse (airbed/sofa vs. bed) and water back in those waste water tanks (there are 2 tanks behind the axles). You can see that the percentage of hitch weight actually decreases in my empty camper.

And then the reality weights need the caveat that this is my reality. My wife and I are known to pack heavy.


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