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    Imagine 2500RL Weight

    We’ve just ordered an Imagine 2500RL - we’ll be updating our tow vehicle as well, so I’m wondering about weight.

    Does anyone know what the true unloaded weight is? I know that the specs are UVW: 5,857 lbs | GVWR: 7,495 lbs but sometimes manufactures put the dry weight without appliances included.

    I’m also wondering what people are finding the typical weight is with the trailer loaded but water/holding tanks empty.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonnie07 View Post
    Weíve just ordered an Imagine 2500RL - weíll be updating our tow vehicle as well, so Iím wondering about weight.

    Does anyone know what the true unloaded weight is? I know that the specs are UVW: 5,857 lbs | GVWR: 7,495 lbs but sometimes manufactures put the dry weight without appliances included.

    Iím also wondering what people are finding the typical weight is with the trailer loaded but water/holding tanks empty.

    Thanks!
    No disrespect but why would it matter?

    Some people bring bread makers and bags of flour to make bread while camping
    Some use plastic plates and cups. Others bring half a tool box
    The number could be anything but the number important is the 7495 limit because of the tires and axles


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    Unloaded weight doesn't matter - GVWR and 12% of that for estimated loaded tongue weight is what matters. Get the proper numbers for the trailer and any tow vehicle you're considering and plug them in here:

    http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-...eight-tt.shtml

    You'll hit the payload limit on most tow vehicles before you reach the max tow ratings.

    Rob

    EDIT: here is another good resource:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwFL...epYourDaydream
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    You said you are updating your tow vehicle is this why you are asking?

    My half ton Sierra could easily tow this trailer across the country but mine has lots of payload

    If you like sunroofs and nice things in a truck the payload can quickly be reduced to 1000 lbs which isnít enough

    Most on here will tell you anything less than a 3/4 ton you will be risking your life and everyone around you My take on that is if you are trading tow vehicles sure look at a 3/4 ton but it isnít necessary imo


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    Thanks for the comments. I’m considering a VW Touareg which has 7700 lb tow capacity, GVWR is 6305 lbs, GCWR is 14,021 lbs and payload is 1239lbs. And max tongue weight 770 lbs.

    I would not want to max it out which is why I’d like to know what the true unloaded tends to be. Like, what the trailer weighs at the dealer.

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    Each trailer comes with their respective weight sheet. These numbers are taken when it rolls off the assembly line. They usually pretty close, within 150 lbs of the advertised UVW. But this is without batteries or lp tanks. Most Imagine trailers run a tw of 12.5%. Our 22mle when loaded for a trip and 1/3 water has a tw of 760 lbs.
    So for your numbers, maybe add 1,000lbs to the UVW and run the numbers with the calculator the SecondChance shared. Payload is what hurts everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonnie07 View Post
    Thanks for the comments. Iím considering a VW Touareg which has 7700 lb tow capacity, GVWR is 6305 lbs, GCWR is 14,021 lbs and payload is 1239lbs. And max tongue weight 770 lbs.

    I would not want to max it out which is why Iíd like to know what the true unloaded tends to be. Like, what the trailer weighs at the dealer.
    No way would a Touareg tow this

    Hitch weight will be 900-1100 lbs


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    Quote Originally Posted by NB Canada View Post
    No way would a Touareg tow this

    Hitch weight will be 900-1100 lbs


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    Interesting... The specs are 581 lbs hitch weight, I understand adding propane tanks and batteries, but what would bring it to 900-1100 pounds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonnie07 View Post
    Interesting... The specs are 581 lbs hitch weight, I understand adding propane tanks and batteries, but what would bring it to 900-1100 pounds?
    Propane tank and battery brings it up to almost 700

    The hitch will be 75 pounds

    I am sure you were going to bring stuff to camp with

    You will be at 900 easily


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonnie07 View Post
    Weíve just ordered an Imagine 2500RL - weíll be updating our tow vehicle as well, so Iím wondering about weight.

    Does anyone know what the true unloaded weight is? I know that the specs are UVW: 5,857 lbs | GVWR: 7,495 lbs but sometimes manufactures put the dry weight without appliances included.

    Iím also wondering what people are finding the typical weight is with the trailer loaded but water/holding tanks empty.

    Thanks!
    Lots of people are using half ton trucks and suvs for this size. First I would weigh it as you plan to use it with tanks full. That will be worst case. Then buy the truck that can haul it. The Ford ecoboost has a lot of towing horsepower but you still have a light weight truck. My 31ft Rockwood weighed in at 5200 fully loaded but added almost 1000 lbs to the truck. While my 1500 Silverado had enough power it couldn't handle the weight. I added an extra leaf and LT tires. It sat level but still bounced down the road on every bump. I traded up to a F250 and the ride was very smooth and controlled. I just got a 23bhe and it's suppose to weigh 5500lbs with the current configuration. It feels much heavier than my Rockwood. I wouldn't think of towing it with a half ton.

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