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Old 10-07-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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If you have an X17z, what do you carry as cargo inside to stay within weight limit?

Since it has a limited cargo capacity, what do you carry as cargo in the trailer, and what in the TV to stay within cargo weight limit in your trailer?

The heaviest things I have inside would be my cookware (stainless steel) about 10 cans of canned goods, a half gallon of bourbon and a bottle of Baileys. The rest is bedding, towels, cooking utensils, and a few miscellaneous items which probably combined don't weigh 100 lbs. Food for the refrigerator, canned drinks, water etc, I carry in my TV. Dishes are all paper and plastic.

So, basically I am trying to guesstimate how much weight I have in the trailer as cargo. Does it sound like I am in weight range? 500 lbs is max for cargo in the trailer.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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We have the X17Z, the heavest thing we keep in there is a large crockpots and a few (3) pots. Before we loaded it for the first time I threw everything in a box and put it on the bathroom scale. All bedding, typical clothing, kitchen items, etc all came in at under 150 lbs. Other than those items, I'd say our heavest item is the case of Yuengling in the fridge.

Have you thought about taking the stuff out and weighing it on the bathroom scale?
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:38 PM   #3
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Don't forget the modifications as they are usually not weight-free.

I have as many cans as I might need and the cupboard over the sofa is usually chock full with cans, bread, jam, peanut butter etc. It is our pantry. I also carry all my crockery (plastic and steel), cutlery, rv chemicals, broom vacuum cleaner, big zapper, Surge Guard, sewer gear, fresh water gear, and on and on. Fridge is usually full too as we eat no differently when camping as when we are at home. We even sometimes bring leftovers to clear off while camping. You get the picture. Oh and I have many mods done to the RV, including 19 inch flat screen tv, DirecTV box, DVD player, wire shelves, full length mirror, etc.

My trailer is about 300# overweight. However the axle is at 3200# weighed and the tongue is about 600#. I go all over the place like that including a road trip to Canada in July (400 miles round trip).

My recommendation would be to get tires that can take the full axle load and then some, and stay within that limit - under if you can to account for imbalance side to side, bias the loading towards the tongue so that you get min.12% for sway and get the RV weighed. Then load it exactly the same way until you get rid of it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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Very informative Wayne, and most helpful! I suspect we will probably weigh in somewhere between yours and mtn-bikers. I did find a weigh station fairly close to home, so we will hook it up next week and take it over there for a weigh in. If I have to I can carry the canned goods, heavier cookware and booze in the van.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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We carry clothing, drinks, camp chairs, the Dutch Oven and related supplies, grill, tools, lynx levels, patio rug in the tow vehicle. If it is a week long trip, such as going to the beach, we buy the majority of our groceries at the destination. While we have never actually weighed stuff, we are dillegient in minimizing weight in the trailer.

We travel with a little water as most of our camping to date has had at least water and electric hookups.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:24 PM   #6
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Very informative Wayne, and most helpful! I suspect we will probably weigh in somewhere between yours and mtn-bikers. I did find a weigh station fairly close to home, so we will hook it up next week and take it over there for a weigh in. If I have to I can carry the canned goods, heavier cookware and booze in the van.
Good plan. We carry our clothes, the garden hose, barbecue stuff, outdoor rug, kayak, portable tank (of camping without sewer hookup), etc in the truck.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:09 PM   #7
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Another question, the Jayco site lists cargo capacity at 500 lbs, however, on the yellow sticker on my unit is says to not carry more than 339 lbs in cargo. Why the discrepancy? Now I am really confused :0
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The 500#is likely gross while the 339# is after dealer mods are installed. To me that is ridiculous.

Just get the trailer weighed and be done with it. The important thing is to not overload the axle or tires. The tongue weight should not overload the truck. You should weigh the trailer at least once anyway to get a weight baseline.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:44 PM   #9
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Thanks Wayne, I really appreciate your input!

It seemed really ridiculous to me too, and very confusing. I suspect I actually only have a 300 lb allowance. In which case I am probably REAL close to limit. Going for a weigh in next week for sure, as trying to figure this out, and stay safe is beginning to make me bonkers.
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I store the bedding, towels, 2 pots and 2 frying pans, paper and plastic tableware, sewer hose, freshwater hose, my copper pipe and old garden hose, a bag of clothes and food. Not much in the can good department. Outside stuff is stored in the TV.
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