The weight of a mobile habitat is an important factor that comes to mind when you want to buy one, making the question, “How much do campers weigh?” an important one. Camper vehicle weight can affect where you can travel, how much it will cost, and how you get there.
How Much Do Campers Weigh? Can Have Multiple Answers
In answering this question, it’s important to distinguish between different methods of measuring weight. There are numerous commonly referenced weight measurements in the towing world. Several of these measurements can come into play when planning your travels, but depending on your journey and tools available, some may be more important than others. The most useful for most camping vehicle owners are usually “dry weight” and “GVW” (Gross Vehicle Weight).
Dry weight is essentially the weight of the vehicle without any added cargo, fuel, or passengers. The dry weight range of camper vehicles can vary greatly, depending on the manufacturing, internal features, and size of the loading space. Of course, the weight is often directly proportional to the number of amenities available in the vehicle. Heavier camping vehicles usually offer more amenities, including space for more travelers.
There is a wide variance among vehicles, from about 1,000 to 9,000 pounds, but as a general ballpark, the average dry weight of a camper trailer is 5,200 pounds. Towed units, as opposed to self-driving units will weigh much less, but they also require a vehicle with the correct towing capacity in order to travel. Mobile units that drive themselves are obviously not dependent on an external towing vehicle, but will have a much higher dry weight.
To find your exact dry weight on your trailer, unload all of your equipment including propane tanks and batteries and go to your local weighing station. Once you have weighed the trailer, detach your trailer from your vehicle and only weigh your vehicle. If you subtract these two numbers, you get the dry weight of your caravan.
GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight)
GVW is typically the most practical answer to the question “How much do Campers Weigh?” GVW is basically the weight of your vehicle when your tanks are and cargo load inside the trailer are completely full. The same camper trailer can have differing gross weights, depending on optional features and size of cargo load included. The most accurate way to determine the total weight of your motorhome is to fill all the tanks, add your equipment and supplies and put them on a truck scale.
Maximum Trailer Load
Your maximum trailer load is the total weight of the trailer that your vehicle can carry under normal circumstances. This is the total weight (including the driver) minus any freight or passengers. A good measure is to add 1,500 pounds to the dry weight of the camping trailer. If you tow weight beyond the maximum trailer load, it will destroy your gear over time and reduce the speed at which you can drive, especially uphill.
Camping Trailer Weight Versus Alternatives
As you can see, the average weight for various mobile living spaces can vary greatly. Even within TAXA’s family of mobile habitats, there is a dry weight range from under 1,000 to over 2,500 pounds. But you’ll quickly find that TAXA habitats are built for maximum versatility and flexibility. We utilize NASA grade engineering to achieve both durability and efficiency. You can answer a few quick questions here to find out which TAXA habitat is the right fit for your journey.