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jerryleejr

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Posted: 01/10/21 11:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If this has been asked and answered I apologize for not being able to find it.
But could we start a sticky thread for people to list the real world weight of their camper that have used a scale? I think it would be helpful and save a lot of repeat posts. I know there’s a lot of variables with options etc but I’ve found in my own research using manufactures dry weight and adding the usual 1000 pounds of stuff isn’t close when I find someone that’s went to the scales....

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Wouldn't it be nice if we could go from the manufacturer's specs to a reasonable estimate of "real world weight"? It seems that is never going to happen. The obvious issue is that each of us carries different amounts of stuff. That "stuff" includes kitchen gear, food, bottled drinks, cleaning supplies, tools, maps/guidebooks, hobby gear, clothing, mattress toppers or an upgraded mattress, etc, etc.

There is also typically a huge difference between the built out weight of an individual camper and the manufacturer's specs. Specs are often based on a stripped down model and the spec weight typically does not include accessories and upgrades such as a microwave, TV, A/C unit, oven, generator, solar panels, extra battery, awnings, skylight, etc. For my camper an extended cabover area with a queen sized mattress was also considered an upgrade and the weight was not in the spec weight for the camper model.

Some manufacturers do make this easy, sort of. They will give you the dry spec weight, and the weight for each accessory and upgrade. You can then add weight for propane and water. The 1000# estimate for personal items may sound high but prospective buyers often overlook many items such as truck suspension upgrades, a bed mat, fastguns and tiedowns. (I did the tiedown addition for my last truck and was amazed at the shipping weight for all the necessary parts.)

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2019 Northstar 12 STC

Mfg base dry weight without options - 3176
Weighed as delivered dry to the dealer - 3330
Wet weight sticker on camper (includes 40 gallons water and 40# propane) - 3610
Weighed fully loaded for camping, including water, propane, fridge full, clothes, everything - 4740

So water, propane, clothes, full fridge, everything ready to camp adds 1410 to the camper weight

Since the water and propane weigh 360, personal stuff weighs 1050 - I guess the universal estimate is pretty spot on for me.

* This post was edited 01/10/21 12:37pm by srschang *


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My 2017 Cirrus 820’s “as equipped” weight placard from the factory includes the options, fresh water, and propane. It is accurate.

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srschang wrote:

2019 Northstar 12 STC

Mfg base dry weight without options - 3176
Weighed as delivered dry to the dealer - 3330
Wet weight sticker on camper (includes 40 gallons water and 40# propane) - 3610
Weighed fully loaded for camping, including water, propane, fridge full, clothes, everything - 4740

So water, propane, clothes, full fridge, everything ready to camp adds 1410 to the camper weight

Since the water and propane weigh 360, personal stuff weighs 1050 - I guess the universal estimate is pretty spot on for me.

That perfect thank you...

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JimK-NY wrote:

Wouldn't it be nice if we could go from the manufacturer's specs to a reasonable estimate of "real world weight"? It seems that is never going to happen. The obvious issue is that each of us carries different amounts of stuff. That "stuff" includes kitchen gear, food, bottled drinks, cleaning supplies, tools, maps/guidebooks, hobby gear, clothing, mattress toppers or an upgraded mattress, etc, etc.

There is also typically a huge difference between the built out weight of an individual camper and the manufacturer's specs. Specs are often based on a stripped down model and the spec weight typically does not include accessories and upgrades such as a microwave, TV, A/C unit, oven, generator, solar panels, extra battery, awnings, skylight, etc. For my camper an extended cabover area with a queen sized mattress was also considered an upgrade and the weight was not in the spec weight for the camper model.

Some manufacturers do make this easy, sort of. They will give you the dry spec weight, and the weight for each accessory and upgrade. You can then add weight for propane and water. The 1000# estimate for personal items may sound high but prospective buyers often overlook many items such as truck suspension upgrades, a bed mat, fastguns and tiedowns. (I did the tiedown addition for my last truck and was amazed at the shipping weight for all the necessary parts.)

Yeah and I think there’s quite a few owners that did their due diligence before purchase and still got a shock first trip to the scales....

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Many TC owners may weigh their combo on the way home after purchasing it. Then load the truck/camper and re weigh ...then say their camper weighs xxxx amount.
Some folks like myself carry a gawd awful lot of junk (weight) in the truck which gave a false camper weight.


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Yeah and I think there’s quite a few owners that did their due diligence before purchase and still got a shock first trip to the scales....

Yep, I was one of them. I knew before I bought it the wet weight would be 3610. I figured 600 or so pounds of "stuff". Perfect, would put me a bit below the GVWR of 4342. How could I ever add 600 pounds in "Stuff" Hah!

What did we add:
4 solar panels & wiring
2 Lithium batteries & wiring
2000w inverter & wiring
Transfer switch
Subpanel to isolate fridge & converter from inverter
Roof vent covers for the two vent fans
A very heavy mattress topper, sheets, blankets, pillows
32" tv & swivel bracket
Flush water for the cassette toilet
Towels & washcloths
Clothes, shoes, hiking boots
A few(?) bottles of booze
Filled the fridge & freezer, esp. heavy cans & bottles
Lots of canned food
Pots, pans, dishes, glasses, silverware
Keurig coffee maker
Toaster
30A power cord + 30A extension cord
Water hose & extension water hose
Sewer hose + extension sewer hose & tubes to store them
Charcoal and grill
Lawn chairs
Fishing rods, waders, vest
Tools, spare batteries, safety kit

The list goes on and on. No one item weighs a lot, but add them all up....

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I think that might be a good idea to have a sticky. I have already weighted my new truck. We are loading everything tomorrow for a first trip and I plan on weighing the complete rig with boat. I will post my real world weights after weighing,


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Posted: 01/10/21 04:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I weighed my truck a few blocks from where I bought my camper and again after buying and loading the camper.

Camper weight in brochure - 2826 lbs
Truck empty - 6580 lbs
Truck and camper - 9840
Camper - 3260 - some water and LP.
Camper loaded ready to camp - 3960
700 lbs added. Its just me that I need to pack for.


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