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Old 11-04-2015, 10:41 AM   #1
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First "Real" Trip and Weighing

We are about to embark on our first real trip in our new trailer, a Jayco Feather X254. I say real because all we have done so far was a few days at the campground down the street right after we got it.

Now, 3 months later, we're finally getting 'er out. We have 2 stops planned on our 5'ish hour journey. 1st will be at a local hitch shop to check out our wdh and set it properly when we are all loaded. Husband wants to have a professional do it the first time.

2nd stop I would like to make is at a CAT scale. I remember seeing a post on this forum for the proper steps to take at the scale but couldn't find it via my phone. Would someone be so kind as to share the link to that post please?

Also, any tips always appreciated. We'll have a full load of impatient kiddos in the car so want to make it as,quick as possible at the scales.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:56 AM   #2
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Wishing you a safe journey!


...and no unpleasant surprises on the scales.
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:24 AM   #3
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Enjoy! We had our first "real trip" recently. The early short trips and culling info from the forum helped us tremendously!
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:33 PM   #4
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CAT Scale Instructions and discussion:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...v-tt-3871.html

It's a "sticky" in the tech forum for future reference.

Have fun and be safe out there!
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:54 PM   #5
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If the initial CAT scale weighing turns up a surprise, you can rearrange your load and re-weigh at the same scale that sam day for a greatly reduced price.

Good luck and hope you have fun.
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:41 PM   #6
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Also, the CAT scale folks have a "how to weigh" on their website. I'm a visual learner and it helped to see how the scale is set up.
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:37 PM   #7
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Just hit the CAT scales. Because of impatient kids, my first time weighing, and nobody at scales having a clue of what I was trying to do we did not have time to unhitch this time around but we did get 3 different weights.

1st weight was just tv on front platform and trailer on rear platform.

7050# (only 50# shy of gvwr!]
Trailer axle was 4780#.

That was still hitched to trailer w/wdh engaged. Sticker on trailer says it's UVW is 4800#. It was loaded too. ??

2nd trip over scale wdh disengaged:

Steer axle 2440#
Drive axle 4700#
Trailer axle 4720#
Gross weight 11,860#

3rd trip over scale wdh engaged:

Steer axle 2640#
Drive axle 4400# (over rawr by 300#!)
Trailer axle 4780#
Gross weight 11,820 (not sure why that changed!)

So, does this look fairly normal? Am I in horrible shape? We will have to move more stuff to the back of the trailer I guess or leave a kid behind.

At least we are not over our gvwr of 14,500!

Still confused about how to calculate tongue weight though. Will I be able to calculate that after I get the TV front and rear axle weights without trailer attached now?
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I would not like to be that far over your drive axle GVWR.

I am surprised that your steer axle is so light. My Tundra is 3240# steer axle with just me and a full tank of gas. Rear axle is 2700# for a total 5940#. I have a cap on my truck and a heavy duty rug in the bed that adds 240#.

Since the Expedition is basically on a F-150 frame, I would think it would weigh about the same as a 1/2 ton pickup with a little more on the back.

Go weigh your truck with you and a full tank of gas to get a baseline to find out how much left over payload you have.
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I weighed just the Expy a while back with a few of us in it on a scale that just had one section so no independent axle readings. It was 5700#. If I add in the rest of the passenger's weight and the dogs plus 100# miscellaneous it would be 6400#.

Don't remember if I had a full tank though. We have a 28 gallon tank.
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So that, based on your previous post as I understand it, would give you a remaining payload of about 700#. That should be in the neighborhood of your trailer tongue weight.

So, something doesn't compute, with you being so heavy on the back axle and so light on the front axle.

Do you have a full water tank way forward of the TT axles or a real heavy load in the front of the TT?
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