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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:01 am 
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I am considering a used rsb bf between 2004-2013 years. I want to be try and make sure i don't exceed the gvwa on the chassis. Would anyone like to share thier actual weights and how the coach was loaded at the time on either a pm or to my e-mail. Before i start traveling to look at individual units i want to try and get an idea if they will be close to overweight or whether it will not be a problem Thanks Ed Ludwig, delaney1142@yahoo.com

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:41 pm 
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I can supply you with the Information you need. My 2001 RSB is in storage. I will be going to it today to purge the RV antifreeze from the system. I have weighed it twice and noted at the time gasoline, water and propane amounts. Once on a free scale and once at an Alberta province official weigh station.

I will post it here so that others can see and compare.

I feel like I need to do this to offset my kumquats post. That was an inside joke directed at another BF owner. Incidentally i googled and found that 1/4 bushel of kumquats weights 10 lbs. We can convert the BF weight to bushels of kumquats! :D

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:41 pm 
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Thanks Dallas
When you do post weights please do it in lbs. or kg. not kumquats.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:57 pm 
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eddiel,

On 8/1/2013 I weighed my BF at an Alberta Province official weigh station in Slave Lake, AB, Canada.

I had a full gas tank, 3/4 fresh water tank, 1/4 full holding tanks (I always use water from my fresh water tank, not from the city water supply so the total has to either be a full fresh water or full holding tanks) and full propane tank.

Front axle max allowable. 4600lbs

Front axle actual 1670 kg or 3674 lbs. ( One kg equals 2.2 lbs )

Under max allowable. 926 lbs
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Rear axle max allowable. 9450 lbs

Rear axle actual 4370 kg or 9614 lbs

Over max allowable. 164 lbs

My dog and I were onboard. 170 lbs for me and 50 lbs for my almost human dog. I was traveling full time then. More stuff than the vacationer. A big tool box, a socket set, an electric drill, a bunch of nuts, bolts and the like. An almost full refrigerator as I was about to encounter some remote Canadian areas, and lots of craft beer as I was afraid I would exhaust my supply. And I had a spare tire mounted on the rear that weighs 70 lbs including the rim but not the mount.

The next time I had a weight check was on 9/9/2013 at Tok, Alaska.

Front axle 3760 lbs. Under max load -- 840 lbs
Rear axle 9700 lbs. Over max load --- 250 lbs

Full gas tank, full water tank, empty holding tanks and 1/4 to 1/2 full propane tank. Every thing else same as 8/1/2013 load.

If you carefully analyze these results they are slightly in conflict. The first instance totals 13,288 lbs and the second 13,460 yet the second weighing was with less propane. Maybe the dog and I gained 172 lbs in that month. :D

On a BF motorhome it is common for the front axle to be significantly under the max allowable weight. There is no practical way to transfer significant weight from the rear to the front axle.

I encourage others reading this post to provide their facts and opinions.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:06 pm 
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And unable to resist:

The max allowable BF weight for mine is: 351 and 1/4 bushels of kumquats.

Other bushel equivalents can be found here:

http://www.alpharubicon.com/primitive/b ... kastan.htm

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:17 pm 
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It'd be my guess that there isn't a Class C motorhome on a Ford E-series chassis on the road that isn't over the allowable weight on the rear axle. Probably even more exagerated on the newer Sprinter-style chassis.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:54 pm 
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bcope, I think you are absolutely correct. I have searched motorhome manufacturers' web pages trying to figure out the cargo carrying capacity for Sprinter motorhomes and have not yet found the data. It may be a problem that the manufacturers are reluctant to admit because it is woefully low.

It is true that the BF models seem to have a gracious plenty even if it is impossible, or almost so, to load to maximum. The only way some MH's can be loaded to take advantage of all the storage space provided would to load them with ping pong balls.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:57 pm 
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For information I found the news article that references kumquat. Read it all the way through and you to can use kumquat as a handy substitute word.

http://www.economist.com/node/17956457

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:28 am 
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Thanks everyone for your information.

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