Weighed The White Hawk 28DSBH
After reading many posts about trailer weights and the need to weigh the TT to make sure the weight distribution hitch is set up properly I decided to make the scale the first place I towed our new Jayco.
Picked a very windy day to take delivery (gusts to 30 mph). We took the ride to the scale and well lets just say for the first time pulling something this big it was a handfull in that wind. After getting to the scale and weighing the trailer I knew why, the dealer did not properly set up the hitch (we have a Reese Dual Cam, 1200 lb bars).
My wife and myself in the truck and 1/2 tank gas.
First trip across scale - front axle 3320, rear axle 3760, TT 5280; total 12360
Truck alone (-1 160 lb passenger) front axle 3400, rear axle 2760
2nd trip across scale with trailer and truck with my wife and I.
I went up one link on the chains.
front axle 3540, rear axle 3420, TT 5400
Look at the differance in the axle weights especially the rear axle, I was very suprised.
I figure the trailer weighs in at 6040 with full propane and battery, the sticker says 6001. The listed dry weight by Jayco in the sales brochures is 5455, big difference. Somewhere the trailer gained 500 lbs, I was hoping to use that 500 lbs.
The GRAW in the truck is basically 3900 lbs, there is a slight difference between the front and the rear. All this means is I am near what the truck can do and I will have to be judicous in how I load the truck and the trailer. I know that I will have to weigh again once I get it all loaded but at least I know my starting point.
Needless to say the ride to the storage facility was much more relaxing after the adjustment, in the same 25-30 Mph gusts.
Moral of the story is that if you don't weigh it you don't actually know if your setup is correct or not.
First full trip planned in two weeks to Falls Creek State Park, TN....Can't wait!
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2014 White hawk 28DSBH