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Old 03-10-2021, 03:29 PM   #1
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Looking for GVWR and axel load ratings for 2013 Aerolite M-174 ES

Hi. I am new to this forum but not new to rving. I am looking to purchase a 2013 Aerolite 174ES and have not been able to get the information online I have been looking for. I have found cargo capacity rated at 742 lbs and UVW being 3108 lbs. This isn't enough info. If I fill the 52 gallom water tanks on this single axel trailer I don't think I have much left of the 742 lbs of cargo.

Any help would be great. The trailer I am dealing on is 4 hours away and currently in storage til Friday so no access to the stickers in the unit.
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Old 03-10-2021, 04:30 PM   #2
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3108 + 742 = 3850 GVWR? Seems about right for a small single axle trailer. That is a huge fresh water tank for a tiny camper. So your conclusion seems about right, 52 gal x 8.3 lb/gal = 431 lbs.
My parent's little single axle camper, Funfinder X 139, has a GVRW around 3800 lbs if memory serves, seems standard for a single axle. Tanks are more like 20 gal fresh, 10-15 gal gray (it always fills and backs up in shower), I'm not sure of the black tank capacity. Thankfully never backed up!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:23 PM   #3
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Here's the specs for the trailer, if you fill the tank and propane you don't have much left for gear.

https://www.rvusa.com/rv-guide/2013-...-174es-tr19534
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:52 PM   #4
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GAWR along with tire size, Load Range and suggested inflation is all on your Certification label which is on the outside, driver-side toward the front of the RV.
Knowing this info is kind of basic to owning an RV.
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I’m confused about there method to the numbers they come up with. I have a #3500 axle and it’s limit is 3815. Is that with an safe working load?
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I’m confused about there method to the numbers they come up with. I have a #3500 axle and it’s limit is 3815. Is that with an safe working load?
I'm not quite sure I understand the question. Are you asking how your trailer could have a 3815 lb GVWR but the axle is only rated at 3500 lb max? If so, consider that 10-15% of your trailer's weight will always be supported at the trailer tongue on the tow vehicle's hitch or on the tongue jack. So there will never be more than 3500 lbs supported by the axle if you are not loaded beyond the trailer's GVWR.
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Yes that is the question. The badge says 3850. Add the allowable load and it’s over the axle rating. The tongue weight I get but there’s probably a safe working load factored in to the 3500# axle. Probably another 10%.
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Yes that is the question. The badge says 3850. Add the allowable load and it’s over the axle rating. The tongue weight I get but there’s probably a safe working load factored in to the 3500# axle. Probably another 10%.
The 3850 would already include the allowable load if it is the GVWR. Dry weight + allowable load = GVRW. With 10%+ of the trailer's weight supported by the tongue, the axle would not experience more than (3850 * (1-10%)) = 3465 lbs if you are not loaded beyond that GVRW.
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Yep agreed. But a lot of folks load the trailer after the tank is filled so you know they’re over. I guess first thing to go would be the bearings. When I was on the way to Grand Canyon that southbound road from Utah was nasty. So bad the u-bolts slapped the frame. After that, new heavier #2500 springs, and shocks. This seems to be an issue with the >20’ trailers.
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