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Old 10-07-2014, 09:52 AM   #1
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Jayco 165 scale weights - Please review

Planning a couple of month trip with our 165 so wanted to make sure everything is set up correctly. Would appreciate review/input on my setup.

All weights were with the truck and trailer loaded as it will be when we travel. Full tank of gas and propane tanks full.

TV - 2011 Nissan Frontier with an Fastway E2 WDH, 600lb bars
Front axle GAWR - 3296 lbs
Rear axle GAWR - 3331 Lbs
GVWR - 5690 LBS

TT 2012 Jayco 165 (Modified with a 2.5" lift kit and 215/75-14 tires)
Axle rating - 3000lbs
Gross wt limit - 3500 lbs

Scale Weights:
TV/TT with WDH engaged
Steer axle - 2680
Drive Axle - 2880
Tow axle - 2960

TV/TT with WDH released but in place
Steer axle - 2380
Drive Axle - 3340
Tow axle - 2800

Steer axle 2660
Drive Axle 2440

If my calculation are correct, it appears my tounge wt is about 620lbs. This seems a bit heavy to me, but I really don't have much in the front section of the trailer than could be relocated. I did replace the single 30gal propane tank with 2-20gals tanks which added about 40lbs when full.

The truck/trailer combo handles very well and my axle and gross weights are within spec and my steer axle weight with WDH is close to the unhitched weight so I think everything is good to go.

Any input would be appreciated.


2012 Jayco 165
2011 Nissan Frontier
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:21 AM   #2
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yup..620 lbs TW...only way to avoid overloading the 3000 lb trailer axle

That's why I have never bothered or will bother going to a cat with my X17A...can't do anything about the numbers so no need to know.

I only bring the basics to camp and can't really redistribute the load.

I am likely heavier than that on my TW with my rav4. It is either overload the trailers axle or overload the TV.

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Old 10-09-2014, 09:05 PM   #3
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I have an 08 model and my tongue weight fully loaded is 410lbs. I use the bathroom as travel storage and I dont have very much under the galley bench. Most or what is up front is as lightweight as possible. I even put the propane tank in the tub in a small crate to secure it. I dont have many pots and pans or other galley gear. That stuff can add a lot of weight really quick. My last trip with a lot of food and drink my TT weighed 3050lbs at a cat scale.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:53 AM   #4
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there is nothing wrong with having lots of TW. It is much better to have more weight on the tongue than overload the axle. Plus loading the tongue completely eliminates sway
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:42 PM   #5
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Well said.
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