Originally Posted by 12tacoma928
I have a 2012 Tacoma DBL cab with factory tow package, got a brake controller installed and the hybrid travel trailer (HTT) we just bought came with a weight distribution hitch, the HTT is a Forest River Zepplin 2006 EZ190, paperwork that came with it says 3820 lbs dry. Was able to tow is from Schenectady to Plattsburgh (2hrs) without too much concern, but it did take a full tank of gas! the camper is about 21 feet long, two axles. My questions are:
1. will that 'dry weight' include the stove/AC/microwave/fridge?
2. should I be concerned that adding propane, bedding, food, water to 45 gallon tank,etc. make the trailer too heavy? I kind of don't think so considering the 6500 lbs capacity as per the manual.
3. would the 6500 lbs include passengers in the vehicle and stuff in the bed of the truck? I kind of don't think so but want to double check.
4. what is the deal with tongue weight, is that the same as 'hitch weight' in the brochure for the camper? how concerned should i be with tongue weight?
we are new to towing and having a camper, any help on the forum will be greatly appreciated!
You're within the specs dry, and seem to have a bunch of slack left over to load it with cargo.
Published dry weights for trailers probably aren't as accurate as you would like. The best thing for you to do with respect to the trailer dry weight, is to get it weighed. In fact, it would probably be a good idea to weight it dry AND weight it "prepped to go". This will give you a much better idea about how much your cargo weighs and an idea how much you can really load into it. Weight adds up fast when you're dealing with fluids like water and propane!
The 6500 pound trailer weight is not dependent on the truck's load (passengers, cargo), however, the tongue weight (aka "hitch weight") IS. Look at the truck's payload capacity, from that SUBTRACT the TONGUE WEIGHT to determine your remaining payload capacity (passengers, fuel, cargo). The tongue weight is not supposed to exceed 650 pounds on Tacoma. Assuming that your tongue weight is maxed out, and your truck's payload capacity is 1200 pounds, that only leaves 550 pounds for fuel, passengers, and cargo. I'm sure you can realize just how easy that would be to use up.
Tandem axle trailer tongue weight should not be less than 9% of the total trailer weight, should not exceed 15% or 650 pounds, whichever you hit first. Within these constraints, you can adjust the tongue weight by moving weight front to back in the trailer. When in doubt, its better to put too much weight on the tongue than not enough.
Yes, fuel consumption hauling something like that will be TERRIBLE. This is because you're hauling a massive air dam. The only advice I can give you on this is to SLOW DOWN. Fuel consumption increases exponentially with speed. Dropping your speed by 10 km/h could reduce your fuel consumption by 25%, or even more, depending on how fast you usually drive.