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Old 04-08-2016, 10:29 PM   #11
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Lets break down the information on your sticker. GVWR stands for gross vehicle weight rating, yours is 6010 LBS. This means that the weight of your vehicle when on the scales can not exceed this number. This weight includes the empty weight of your truck plus passengers, fuel, and anything else that is in the truck and the tongue weight of your trailer. GAWR stands for gross axle weight rating. In your case your front axle is 3130 LBS and your rear axle rating is 3960 LBS. These are also known as steer axle and drive axle. Again when on the scale you can not exceed these numbers. There should be another sticker on the door frame that will tell you the payload of your truck. The payload weight is the weight of the passengers and anything in the truck and your trailer tongue weight.

There is a lot of information on hitching and towing in this forum. I have use this information myself to get properly set up. The CAT scales are your friend don't be afraid to use them.

I have a 2010 GMC 1500 and a 2005 Jay Feather 25z. My 25z is similar in weight and length to your 22y. My GMC has a gross vehicle weight rating of 6800 LBS. I carry 3 adults in the cab and have a cab high shell on the back and a few things in the back and I am right at my limits with my truck weight.

I can't stress enough the importance of a good WDH and sway control and having it set up properly.
I just wish I knew how to set it up properly. I am still trying to figure this all out. I would have no idea how to use CAT scale. I am horrible at math. ha ha I trusted my dealer set me up properly. Which WDH do you use?
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I have a equalizer round bar set up like yours ( I looked at your pictures in your another post). My coupler is mounted to the top of the tongue and not the bottom like yours. I have not had any problems with my bars dragging on the ground. My bars are rated at 1000 LBS and I am using chain link number six and they are straight with the frame. I don't have any experience with other WDHs but in your case it may be best to change from your round bar WDH to another style of WDH if it is with in your budget. The round bar WDH looks to be to low to the ground in your case.
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snip...... I would have no idea how to use CAT scale......snip
CAT Scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...v-tt-3871.html

Take a friend along with you to the CAT scale that is familiar with towing a TT and knows how to properly adjust a WDH......, don't attempt the CAT scale visit by yourself.

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Lukenick,

I believe I have previously suggested reading the links in my signature in one of your posts, but if not, there is a wealth of info on how a wdh works, how to properly set the wdh up, and as posted above, a CAT Scale how to.

It has been mentioned many times on these forums, that the PAYLOAD of a tv is usually the limiting factor (150/1500 and midsize). There is a yellow sticker in the drivers door jamb of about '06 and newer vehicles. It states, "All passengers and cargo not to exceed XXXXlbs". What is this amount for both the trucks? While the "brochure" dry weights don't mean a lot, what are they for both trailers, including the tongue/ hitch weight?
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Here's my rig and tows fine. I use the Pro Pride 3P hitch, which I love, and no trailer sway, ever. I towed over 4K miles last year.
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CAT Scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...v-tt-3871.html

Take a friend along with you to the CAT scale that is familiar with towing a TT and knows how to properly adjust a WDH......, don't attempt the CAT scale visit by yourself.

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Wouldn't that be great if I actually had a friend to help me. I wish!
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Here's my rig and tows fine. I use the Pro Pride 3P hitch, which I love, and no trailer sway, ever. I towed over 4K miles last year.
Are you really towing that huge camper with a Bronco?! Wow now I feel better!
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Wouldn't that be great if I actually had a friend to help me. I wish!
You may have better luck finding a local landscape supply that has scales, most of the larger places do. I took mine to a local one and they were great helping me to position on the scale to get proper weights. And if your not sure about your WDH setup try calling a business that installs hitches, they may be able to instruct you on proper setup for a small fee, most RV dealers are so busy they won't have time to show you.
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Lukenick1: don't you have any confident Trailer owners around you? In my neighborhood every other neighbor has one. There should be someone who can give you some help.
RVing is a learning process and you have to tell yourself you can do it. Don't be scared to make a mistake now and then. Is hubby leaving all the camping issues up to you?
Camping is supposed to be fun "not doomsday". Good luck!
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Lukenick1: don't you have any confident Trailer owners around you? In my neighborhood every other neighbor has one. There should be someone who can give you some help.
RVing is a learning process and you have to tell yourself you can do it. Don't be scared to make a mistake now and then. Is hubby leaving all the camping issues up to you?
Camping is supposed to be fun "not doomsday". Good luck!
I camp alone, hubby works too much to join us. He has no idea how to even hitch up. This is all on me.
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