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Old 05-08-2015
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Not really sure if these numbers are good or bad. On the way to Jekyll Island, GA today, we pulled into a TA and I spotted the scales. Since we just bought our 98 LXi recently I was curious about its weight. Here are the numbers. Are these good; bad, or concerning?

Steer axel 15,440
Drive axel 18,480
Tag axel 14,560

Overall weight 48,480
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You should have a plate somewhere listing Gross Axle Weight Rating (G.A.W.R.) for each axle. That will tell you whether your weights are good or bad.
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The plate is over the dash on the backside of the upper cabinet near the visors.
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Not really sure if these numbers are good or bad. On the way to Jekyll Island, GA today, we pulled into a TA and I spotted the scales. Since we just bought our 98 LXi recently I was curious about its weight. Here are the numbers. Are these good; bad, or concerning?

Steer axel 15,440
Drive axel 18,480
Tag axel 14,560

Overall weight 48,480
If the owner’s manual is right, you’re overweight on the steer and the tag axles.

Maybe too much air pressure on the tag?

14,600 # Front; 23,000 # Drive, 13,000 # Tag
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I think John nailed it. Some one has been screwing with the tag pressure or the regulator has gone bad. You should have a tag pressure gage on the dash, probably not totally accurate but it will give you an idea. I believe it is factory set 60psi can go to 65psi.

As has been discussed on here, tag and front axle have no side stability. Getting the right pressure on the drive is critical to side sway, and drivability.
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This is way out of whack. I wonder if someone hasn't been screwing with the tag pressure to allow going on the Ohio Turnpike which has an axle limit of 21,000 pounds. They have sensors in the pavement at the toll booths and will turn you back. I hear the Penn Pike charges you overweight at about double the tolls if you exceed their limit.
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Does the air pressure in the tag and drive tires effect the weight distribution?

If I remember correctly on my 2000, I ran 125 in steer tires, 100 in drive tires and 80 In tag tires.

I think you will find the majority of BB are over weight on steer axle.

When I had mine weighed, I was over on tag and steer axle. I was very concerned until I learned that my steer axle had a higher rating than the tag in the coach. Don't know if it was replaced or done at factory.
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Way heavy on that steer axle. Need to fix that problem right away. You may have exceeded the weight allowed for your steer tires and perhaps the wheels as well. Big issue in my opinion.
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I think the weight rating for my steer axle was 15,500, which just made me a 100 or so pounds over.

I think I was 53,000 or so pounds total. Anyway, I know I had the heaviest coach at Q that year and I think by 3,000 or 4,000 pounds.
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Does the air pressure in the tag and drive tires effect the weight distribution?

If I remember correctly on my 2000, I ran 125 in steer tires, 100 in drive tires and 80 In tag tires.

I think you will find the majority of BB are over weight on steer axle.

When I had mine weighed, I was over on tag and steer axle. I was very concerned until I learned that my steer axle had a higher rating than the tag in the coach. Don't know if it was replaced or done at factory.
The air pressure in the tires has zero effect on what that axle will weigh. If the front axle weighs 12k, it will weigh 12k whether you have 60#, or 125# in the tires.
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