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Old 02-21-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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Numbers from the CAT scale today for my Eagle 314BDS and F150.

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Rear axle GAWR #4050 weighed #3880
Front axle GAWR #3750 weighed #3540
GVWR truck #7650 #weighed #7420
Weighed tongue weight at dealer @#1030
GWCR #17100 weighed #14700
Trailer axle weighed #7280 (sticker on camper says #8000)
Ratings on axles are with p rated tires @35psi and i have "E" rated 50 psi
Took the camper back to dealer to adjust WDH and we took it up a ring and adjusted where the bars rest so it sat evenly in the saddle. Made all the difference made the truck and TT fell a whole lot better. Let me know what you guys think.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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Hi Eric, very...very nice trailer!

I wanted the same unit but had to back off due to the weight of it....couldn't pull that with 2012 Laramie.


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Rear axle GAWR #4050 weighed #3880
Front axle GAWR #3750 weighed #3540
GVWR truck #7650 #weighed #7420
Weighed tongue weight at dealer @#1030
GWCR #17100 weighed #14700
Trailer axle weighed #7280 (sticker on camper says #8000)
Ratings on axles are with p rated tires @35psi and i have "E" rated 50 psi
Took the camper back to dealer to adjust WDH and we took it up a ring and adjusted where the bars rest so it sat evenly in the saddle. Made all the difference made the truck and TT fell a whole lot better. Let me know what you guys think.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
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Numbers from the CAT scale today for my Eagle 314BDS and F150.

Looks pretty good to me. Nice rig too! Good balance front and rear. I'd be curious what your unloaded truck and hitched but wd disconnected figures would look like.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:25 PM   #4
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Hi Eric,

just curious, was the trailer and truck camping ready with all the cargo/passengers on board?
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:45 PM   #5
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Everything except clothes in camper, and it was just me in the truck. Will be very close with wife and 2 small kids. Plan on packing as much stuff as i can in the bunkhouse as possible (chairs, clothes, and food). We do not carry anything in the tanks as 90% of our camping is full hook up, when there is not any water hookup we wait till we get there and then fill up. When we go on long trips we wait till we get there to get food and drinks at a local grocery store or Wal-Mart. Trips less than an hour or two we take food with us and will have to be a little careful as how we load up.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:53 PM   #6
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Eric,

Very nice set up!

i'm curious about a couple things as well. being that i'll be going thru this as soon as mine shows up.

what hitch set up do you have? are you running sway control?

and by "took it up a ring", you have one less ring between your snap up bracket and bars?

i only ask because you numbers to me, a novice, looked pretty good. only a little over 8% more on the rear axle. or were you hoping to acheive a little more weight distributed to the front axle anticipating a heavier set up when you're loaded for camping and not just fine tuning the initial set up?
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Thanks Eric,


Good luck and let us all know how you make out.
Great looking combo!
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:11 PM   #8
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blamb97,

I am using a Reese dual cam with sway WDH with 1200lb bars, yes to your question in regards to the ring (3 rings hanging) more tension. When i first brought it home 2 weeks ago the front end of my truck seemed a little light so today the hitch guy rode with me and decide to rise the tension up one more ring and made the truck and TT feel a lot better. Someday down the road i will get a 3/4 ton truck but for now i wanted to make sure i was safe and with in the numbers for my TV and TT as my wife would kill me if i got a new truck when mine is less than a year old.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:23 PM   #9
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Thanks Eric,

i have the reese dual cam with the 1200 bars as well. didn't know how close to actually shoot for having front to rear axle weight ratios. your numbers looked really good. and it helps knowing that the ride quality was noticeably better after you adjusted.

thanks for the info, reading and researching all i can. because like you the truck has to wait. next year maybe. but deffinetly not the same year as the camper!
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Reese is pretty explicit in their instructions on how to adjust their hitches. They recommend a specific number of links and it consists of returning the front of the truck to the original height or according to the spec in the owners manual, or retuning the weight on the front axle to original weight. I read posts all the time about guys who have adjusted their hitches "by feel" or until the truck "drives better", or it just "feels right". This may give you a false sense of safety, but unless the hitch is adjusted to spec, you just don't know if it's right and the end result is poor handling, maybe not until you get into adverse driving conditions, or excessive wear on your tires and suspension system.

Another thing that is a common misconception, is the purpose of the WD is to return the correct weight to the front of the truck, not to level it.
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