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Old 08-06-2022, 05:14 AM   #1
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Default Left-side weight imbalance on stock Mini 18' ?

Hi all. I just purchased my first camper, a 2010 Mini 18', and I'm a little confused about the layout. The water tank is in the far front left. Followed by the water heater, then the battery, then the furnace. Then the bathroom, which presumably has a weight skew to the grey and black water tanks. All of this is on the left side. The only thing on the right side is the fridge.

This strikes me as about a 4-500 lb imbalance, depending on tank loads. That seems like an issue, but I have no context.. Is this a reasonable offset?


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Old 08-06-2022, 07:22 AM   #2
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Pack a cooler full of beer and ice on the right side and call it macaroni.
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Imbalance is present in most RVs, including TMs, and usually for the reasons you describe. Aside from the beer and ice solution, there isn't much you can do about it, aside from traveling with empty tanks. Can you lug water in big blue tanks in your tow vehicle, and fill the TM tanks when you arrive? Walmart has some nice 7-gallon units (a size you can lift by hand). I'm sure there are others.

Your observation should emphasize the importance of weighing the sides of your ready-to-camp TM individually, and comparing the weights to the capability of the tires. It also suggests that you should rotate the tires every year, to even up the wear

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Hi all. I just purchased my first camper, a 2010 Mini 18', and I'm a little confused about the layout. The water tank is in the far front left. Followed by the water heater, then the battery, then the furnace. Then the bathroom, which presumably has a weight skew to the grey and black water tanks. All of this is on the left side. The only thing on the right side is the fridge.

This strikes me as about a 4-500 lb imbalance, depending on tank loads. That seems like an issue, but I have no context.. Is this a reasonable offset?


Thanks for reading,
Blase
I made this same observation about 6 mos ago...and most replied that there has been no observable "uneven" wear on their tires.... So I guess we are concerned for no reason.
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AH ok, good to know. Thanks guys!

Good idea on the water, Bill..
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