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Old 05-29-2005, 06:11 PM   #1
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This week I weighed my coach by each wheel at the local co-op. Following are my results.
LF-3630 RF-3730 Total front - 7360
LR-7400 RR-7140 Total rear - 14540
Grand Total - 21900

Coach was loaded for travel. Gas tank full, fresh water 2/3 & D/W absent. Thought I would have to leave her home but deceided to drain 20 gallons water instead. (smart decision) Reason for RF heavier is the big TV console in front of couch. Washer/Dryer on LR adds weight to that side. 39' Chieftain almost to much for a W22. Can't pick up any hitch-hikers for sure.
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This week I weighed my coach by each wheel at the local co-op. Following are my results.
LF-3630 RF-3730 Total front - 7360
LR-7400 RR-7140 Total rear - 14540
Grand Total - 21900

Coach was loaded for travel. Gas tank full, fresh water 2/3 & D/W absent. Thought I would have to leave her home but deceided to drain 20 gallons water instead. (smart decision) Reason for RF heavier is the big TV console in front of couch. Washer/Dryer on LR adds weight to that side. 39' Chieftain almost to much for a W22. Can't pick up any hitch-hikers for sure.
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Old 05-30-2005, 03:48 AM   #3
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Don - what is your GVWR?

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Old 05-30-2005, 06:10 AM   #4
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John;
Workhorse W22 is 22,000. 7500 front and 15000 rear.

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Don,
How does that Toad/01 Buick LeSabre fit into your weight.
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:08 AM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by whyoder:
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How does that Toad/01 Buick LeSabre fit into your weight. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If the Toad is 4 down it doesn't come into it at all because there is no hitch weight. Given the Remco pump it has to be 4 down and not on a dolly.
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Old 05-30-2005, 01:05 PM   #7
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Typo error on front weight. It is 8500.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Petro:
Typo error on front weight. It is 8500. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>There you go!
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Old 05-30-2005, 08:30 PM   #9
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We have similar challenges. Our Sunflyer is Itasca's sister coach to the Chieftain. It had an 800CCC when we purchased it. We were originally ordering a Suncruiser, then saw this one on the lot with all the upgrades at a very good price.... and made a last minute switch.... an emotional decision that included our not looking at the CCC....

It has been challenging to equip it without going over our weight limits. We just left for our 5 month summer trip and had it weighed on the way out of town... all four corners were loaded and we are at our max weight.

Anticipating this, we had removed the mirrored
closet doors and replaced them with a tension rod and shower curtain.... not as stylish, but a lot less weight (offset by my clothes and shoes ). We also have the washer/dryer.

We put the bikes, golf clubs, and patio chairs in the CRV to free up some weight. It isn't easy to stay within the guidelines, but it can be done.

On the upside, we just drove (yesterday) from Scottsdale to Pismo Beach.... had a great trip...the air conditioning worked fantastically in the 110 weather, we felt fully powered with our 8.1L engine, and LUV the Sunflyer. She may be a slightly heavy lady.... but she looks slim and sleek and performs like a winner.
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Old 05-31-2005, 06:59 PM   #10
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DriVer;
Maybe this belongs in the Workhorse forum but my question is this. If the front axel is rated at 8500# and the rear is 15000# than why is the chassis rated at 22000#? If the axels are not over loaded than why is the chassis at say 23000#? I need to be enlightened!!

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Sunflyer Judy;
Thanks for your reply; Our coachs must be basically the same. Our feeling are about the same as yours. We added 4 new Monroe Magnum shocks and a rear Henderson bar so far. We are now considering the Davis for the front.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Petro:
DriVer;
Maybe this belongs in the Workhorse forum but my question is this. If the front axle is rated at 8500# and the rear is 15000# than why is the chassis rated at 22000#? If the axles are not over loaded than why is the chassis at say 23000#? I need to be enlightened!! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Finally! An easy answer to field.

The 8500 pound front and 15000 pound rear axle are more provided to the coach builder and not the end user. These weight ratings give the OEMs more flexibility and allows them to design more floorplans that you the end user is looking for.

The math in this case is easy but what you have to look at is the entire motorhome as a system. It's rated for 22,000 pounds GVW this also takes into consideration all the chassis suspension components, the transmission rating, the brakes and drive line components.

I hope you can now see it's much more than just the sum of the GAWRs.

Thanks for the question!
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Old 06-01-2005, 03:00 PM   #13
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DriVer;
Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it.

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