Weight Watching…

No…not mine…the motorhome and Bronco II.

General consensus, as read on the Internet, is that more than 50% of the motorhomes going down the highways of the United States are overweight…that is over the manufacturer’s rated specifications. Severe problems can result from overloading such as broken axles, transmissions, engines, etc…  The prudent RVer should occasionally check his vehicle(s) weight.

Last Monday I had the opportunity to use a scale at a Washington State Commercial Weigh Station in Anacortes, Washington. The weigh station was actually closed, but they leave the scale turned on, so anyone can drive up and weigh their vehicle. I had the feeling all was well, but it never hurts to confirm.

Heres a photo of our motorhome and Bronco II as photographed at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort at Acton, California.

Below are the results…RC indicates Rated Capacity and AW indicates Actual Weight in pounds…

For the motorhome…


Front axle…RC 6,500…AW 4,760

Rear axle…RC 10,500…AW 8,940

Total load…RC 16,000…AW 13,820

Tow capacity…RC 5,000…AW 3,840

Gross Weight (motorhome and towed Bronco II)…RC 22,000…AW…17,170


For the Bronco II…


Gross weight (including driver and passenger)…RC 4,160…AW 4,170…

which means I need to lose at least 10 pounds. I’m working on it! 🙂


Since I’m a full-time RVer, everything I own in the world is either in the motorhome or the Bronco II which serves as my rolling storage bin. That is why it weighs as much as it does.

I really like not having my life cluttered up with a lot of “stuff”!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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