Axles, tires, & overall weights
I've been looking (not seriously) at new campers & have a question that I can't seem to get a straight answer to. I'm not going to make the mistake of asking a salesman as they only seem to know one answer.
I currently have a 2011 Seville 35CKS & it's approaching 10 years old so I got curious. One thing I have wondered about is axle loading & if the axles are heavy enough. What prompted the question is really 2 issues, 1) I have to replace the outer bearing at least every other year or maybe every depending on how much we pull it.
My need to figure out (make the trip to Elkhart) and have each wheel weighed to get a real answer on how the camper is loaded. I look at the brochures on new ones and see that the axles are 7,000 lb units and know that the axles on my Seville are 7,000 lb as well. Total tow weight for us is just about 23,000 lbs (truck & trailer) so I really need to take it and just accept that I need to unhook, weigh, and then rehook.
So, given that the new camper is showing 16,000 lbs as a max load, how do they get away with 7,000 lb axles. Logic to me seems to indicate those should be at least 8,000 lbs. I know that the manufacturers tend to use the least cost part possible but I have to wonder should the axles (and bearings) be heavier.
I know that if I were to upgrade from load range E to G, I'd need new rims. If I keep this camper (highly likely) then I may need to look into the whole weight, axle, tire combination along with the necessary suspension changes.
Where would I start to figure out what exactly needs to be done, who would I go to for advice (definitely not Camping World), and where would be the best place to get this type of work done.
Sorry about this rambling a bit but I knod of did a mind dump on the question.
Thanks and happy camping.
Al & Linda
2013 GMC Denali 3500HD SRW, Crew Cab, Std bed, 6.6L Duramax, Allisons, PullRite Superglide, Triglide
2011 Crossroads Seville VF35CK11