Thursday, July 14, 2016

Weighing our Rig

This Saturday I have scheduled a "weigh in".  I am taking my AS to my nearest CAT scale to have it weighed.  Since we have been using it for several weeks, I am sure it is loaded with everything we need for camping.

The nearest CAT scale is at a Pilot Travel Center 25 miles away.  So we will take this opportunity to test our unhooking and hitching procedures as well.  It will be like a "dry run" before our first trip in August.

CAT Scales have an iPhone app which I downloaded and will use to pay the $10 and change it costs to weigh my trailer and truck.

My truck weighs 5527 (give or take a couple of pounds) according to the 2013 Escalade brochure.  My wife will be with me, I weigh a bit, but I took the back seats out, so I am going to go with 5800 pounds as my tow vehicle weight.  Payload is 1600, and towing capacity is 8300.  So, 8300 + 5800 = 14,100.  So if I come in at or under 14,100, I will be feeling pretty good.  There are a couple other weights (like payload, tongue weight, axle weights, etc.) I need to look at, but this is the big one.

The GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of my Airstream is 8800.  This means the Airstream should not weigh more than 8800 pounds when fully loaded.  The base weight of the Airstream is 6400 pounds without water or cargo per the Airstream brochure.  That means the Airstream has a 2400 cargo/water carrying capacity.

But since my tow vehicle is rated for 8300 pounds, I am planning not to exceed that.  I can carry 1900 pounds of cargo/water.   I may be close to that.

My first weight exercise will be to weigh my entire setup (tow vehicle and trailer) and aim to come in at or below 14,100 pounds for both.  There are subsequent weight exercises I need to do, but this will be the first big one.

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