How Heavy Is That Thing!?

“How heavy is that thing?” is the disturbing question I’ve been asked numerous times over the last couple of months.   Usually it is followed by one of the two addendums:  “As soon as you remove the jacks your tires are going to explode.” or “As soon as you remove the jacks the tires are going to sink into the wheel wells and you ain’t goin’ nowhere!”

Well, tomorrow we will see just what it means that my trailer is rated at 14,000 pounds and the tires are rated to carry that load as well.  I know the framing of my house is around 7,000 pounds and my question to all of these doomsday prophets is, “What the heck does it mean to have a trailer that is rated at 14K pounds if it doesn’t mean it’s rated at 14K pounds?”  The same goes for the tires.  Geez, what do we have all these regulations and standards for?  I have actually had someone tell me that just because the rating says such-and-such, it doesn’t mean that it will perform that way.

So tomorrow – actually later today – I’m taking my trailer off of its jacks and taking it to be weighed and then to get the radiant flooring and water heater installed.  Wish me well and stay tuned for the triumphant report that the sky didn’t fall.  TTFN (Ta-ta for now)

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