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The Payload Match Challenge: Part 2

Truck weight: 6,720 pounds (equals)
Payload of truck: 4,080 pounds

The Final Tally: Camper Dry with Options

Second, we calculated the camper dry with options weight by subtracting the truck, fresh water, full propane, and battery weight from the CAT Scale weight of the truck and camper rig wet and with options.

CAT Scale truck empty, camper wet, with options: 10,123.5 pounds (minus)
CAT Scale truck empty: 6,720 pounds (minus)
30 gallons fresh water: 250.2 pounds (minus)
6 gallons hot water heater: 50 pounds (minus)
2 full 20-pound propane tanks: 40 pounds (minus)
2 batteries (53 pounds each): 106 pounds (equals)
Camper dry weight with options: 2,957.3 pounds

The Final Tally: Camper Wet with Options and Cargo

Next we totaled up the camper weight; wet, with options, and loaded with cargo.

2013 Lance 855-S dry with options: 2,957.3 pounds (plus)
30 gallons fresh water: 250.2 pounds (plus)
6 gallons hot water heater: 50 pounds (plus)
2 full 20-pound propane tanks: 40 pounds (plus)
2 batteries (53 pounds each): 106 pounds (plus)
Cargo weight (including people and pets): 668 pounds (plus)
Turnbuckle weight: 7.5 pounds (equals)
Camper wet, with options, and cargo: 4,079 pounds

4,079 pounds!  That’s just one pound from our 4,080 pound payload.

CAT Scale Obsession

Now that we have a truck and camper that’s within payload and GVWR, Angela is completely obsessed with crossing as many CAT Scales as we can find.  So far we have weighed the rig seven times at three different CAT Scales in three states.  We may have to start CAT Scale Anonymous.  Even Harley is starting to think we’re nuts.

What we’re learning from our multi-state CAT Scale spree is that our rig weight fluctuates in direct relation to the status of our holding tanks and truck fuel tank.  Our personal cargo doesn’t change too much, but things like groceries can be 75 pounds plus or minus if we’re full or empty.  The good news is that we have not yet been over 10,800 pounds.  The closest we came was the first wet and loaded weigh; but that was close enough!

Now, if I find a Macintosh tube amp or a box of LPs at a thrift store, that would certainly increase our cargo weight, but no such luck yet.  As of right now, we are running lean and mean with our personal cargo, as experienced truck campers should be.

We have actually enjoyed the process of designing a rig that’s within payload and GVWR and continue to challenge ourselves to find opportunities to lose truck, camper, and cargo weight here and there.  We also have some really compelling ideas to debut in TCM on how to remove weight from our rigs.  Now that we’ve had this experience, we’re hooked.

 

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