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When puting truck and rv on scales do ya'll way truck with tongue weight and then both. Or just everything at once. Or not worry about and just ride lol.

and what size do ya'll pull I just bought a 34 ft triple slide weigh 11,000lbs
 

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The best way to do it is to weigh it all connected. Most scales will give you steer axle, drive axle, and trailer axles. Then reweigh with only the truck to get steer and drive weights without the trailer. This will tell you how much is added to each axle of the truck by the trailer.
 

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Thanks when I had my class A and pulled over weight track cranes I just weighed everything. I know I will probably be a little over but I have years of experience driving over weight loads in a big truck. It is just nice to know.
 

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If your pulling over gross with an RV, be careful where you go. Here in Ca. The CHP is stopping rigs and weighing rear axles. If your over they can/have made people unhook and leave the trailer. I don't know how many other states are starting to catch on to this revenue generator. One of the easiest to figure is over is a triple axle on a SRW truck.

Mine is 7985 dry, 10240 GVWR 30'11" long.
 

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I will never go to California spent me first hitch in the Marines their. The next 18 years in North Carolina that was enough for me.
 

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What Mark said. One pass over the CAT scales will give you front axle, rear axle, trailer axles and combined weight on all axles of the rig. Compare weight on the
- front axle to fGAWR
- rear axle to rGAWR
- combined weight on front and rear axles to GVWR of the tow vehicle
- trailer axles to combined trailer GAWR
- combined weight on all axles to the GCWR of the tow vehicle

With one pass, the CAT scale will not give you the GVW or hitch weight (kingpin weight or tongue weight) of the trailer. GVW of the trailer is axle weight plus hitch weight, and one pass over the CAT scale doesn't tell you hitch weight. But GVW and GVWR of the trailer doesn't give you any necessary information when on the road. If you don't exceed the combined GAWRs of the trailer, then no need to worry about the GVWR of the trailer. And kingpin or tongue weight is not needed when on the road. You need kingpin or tongue weight when matching trailer to tow vehicle, but after that it's just nice to know info.


What size???

I have pulled an equipment trailer that grossed over 21k and GCW of 27,500. I pulled my small 5er that grosses 8,000 pounds for over 100,000 miles with the F-250 in my sig . With my normal load in the F-250, the CAT scale showed that the tow vehicle was usually right up against the payload capacity, or even overload by a few hundred pounds occasionally. But now I pull my even smaller TT that grosses about 5,000 pounds with an F-150, and it too is usually overloaded by around 100 pounds over the GVWR of the F-150.
 

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I have a tongue scale at home so I always know what my tongue weight is. For the rest of the story, doing what Mark suggested reveals all the other weights. No more surprises.
 
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