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Old 04-13-2014, 12:38 PM   #1
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Weigh Your RV

Have you ever weighed your RV. I would like to know just how heavy my "ready to go" RV is. I would also like to determine the tougue weight. I need assistance with the math. I can utilize the local grain elevator's scale. What is the process I need to follow to determine the actual tongue weight?
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One sure way is to just park the unit with the front hitch only on the scale. You can drive your tow vehicle onto the scale by itself and get your tow vehicle weight. Then you can pull the hitched vehicle as well as the tow vehicle all on the scale and you have the total weight. Subtract your vehicle weight and you have your tow vehicle weight. Your owners manual should explain all that for your particular towed vehicle. Have fun.
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:54 PM   #3
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Have you ever weighed your RV. I would like to know just how heavy my "ready to go" RV is. I would also like to determine the tougue weight. I need assistance with the math. I can utilize the local grain elevator's scale. What is the process I need to follow to determine the actual tongue weight?
Found this post to be helpful when I did my weighing......

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f37/how-to-weigh-your-tv-tt-3871.html
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I assume that the grain elevator's scale is a "single platform" scale..., and if you normally tow with fresh water in your TT tank, make sure you fill your tank prior to weighing.

TT Tongue Weight: Unhitch the TT on the single platform such that "only" the weight of the TT tongue jack stand is being placed on the platform, ideally you want the TT to be level with the platform (block TT tires prior to unhitching).

TT Gross Weight: With TT hitched to the TV, and the WDH spring bars "disengaged" but just hanging, tow the TT onto the platform such that "only" the weight of the TT axles are placed on the platform. This weight plus the prior Tongue Weight is your TT's gross weight.

Hope this helps.

Ideally a visit to a CAT scale (multiple platforms) would be great..., referencing the JOF link in the previous post.

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Okay, So if I place the RV with its landing gears on the scale platform and its wheels off of the scale platform, that will give me the tongue weight or the weight the truck is carrying.
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Okay, So if I place the RV with its landing gears on the scale platform and its wheels off of the scale platform, that will give me the tongue weight or the weight the truck is carrying.
In the above statement you reference "landing gear" which is normally associated with a 5th Wheel trailer....., but in your original post (and above) you reference "tongue weight", which is associated to travel trailer.

Question, are you trying to determine the "Tongue Weight" of a travel trailer or the "Pin Weight" of a 5th Wheel trailer??

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When I weigh my unit, I weigh just the truck when it is ready to hit the road. Then I hook up the fifth wheel when it is completely loaded with water and supplies and ready to go down the road and just pull the truck onto the scales. The difference in the two weights is the tongue weight or the pin weight. Then pull the entire rig onto the scales and that will give you the combined weight. Subtract the weight of the truck w/o the rv attached and you have the weight of the RV.
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When I weigh my unit, I weigh just the truck when it is ready to hit the road. Then I hook up the fifth wheel when it is completely loaded with water and supplies and ready to go down the road and just pull the truck onto the scales. The difference in the two weights is the tongue weight or the pin weight. Then pull the entire rig onto the scales and that will give you the combined weight. Subtract the weight of the truck w/o the rv attached and you have the weight of the RV.
This ^^^. Quickest way to give you the critical weights you're looking for.
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I'm so sorry if I used the wrong term....Tongue weight, pin weight, I really didn't think it would offend. I was just trying to determine how much weight was being placed on the tow truck. I didn't know it would matter if that weight was being placed on the bumper or in the bed.
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Shorty Cox,

Please note that no one was offended and you were using the correct terminology, it helps sometimes to know if it's a 5th Wheel or Travel Trailer being towed.

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snip.....I was just trying to determine how much weight was being placed on the tow truck......snip
In this case I would do as member "djalbrec" states:

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snip..... I weigh just the truck when it is ready to hit the road. Then I hook up the fifth wheel when it is completely loaded with water and supplies and ready to go down the road and just pull the truck onto the scales.....snip
The difference between these two scaled weights is the added weight being placed on the tow vehicle when hitched up.

I apologize for any confusion.

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