Guppydriver 154 Posted December 18, 2021 Report Share Posted December 18, 2021 A year or so ago we had this thread... My lease is up on my Toyota and I'm trying to find a truck with the proper payload without going to a 3/4 ton. I finally got around (as promised) to weighing my boat today. I was actually very surprised at the results, and could probably start a few threads with some of my questions, but let's start here . The MB website lists the B52 Alpha weight as 5200 pounds. They actually list every spec identical to the classic, and I just don't think they ever bothered to update the website, so I knew it wasn't accurate. I wanted a real world idea of both boat/trailer weight as well as the all important hitch or tongue weight that could greatly affect a 1/2 tons abilty to legally tow the boat safely. My boat is a 2020 B52 Alpha with the 400 motor and pretty much every option including the four tower speaker system/12 inch sub. My trailer is a Metalcraft two axle trailer with 20 inch wheels that "The Boat Shack" in Utah typically includes on the Alphas they sell. Here were the conditions of the weigh. 1. Full fuel 2. 500 pounds of lead. *I removed the 150 pounds from the nose that my dealer places in every boat they sell and moved it to the center of the floor (I didn't want excessive hitch weight). I had four bags just forward of the batteries and three bags I keep just on the bow side of the helm (accesed from the starboard bow cushion). I usually tow this way, so that's why I set it up like that. I actually tow with those three bags all the way forward by the nose, but that's going to end now. 3. 80 pounds of salt in place of the 76 pounds of batteries I have removed in the winter (so a wash) plus maybe 20 pounds of gear if that ... My results: From two passes, one with the tow vehicle alone (2020 Tundra), and one with the boat/trailer loaded per my description: 1. Tow vehicle is 6120 pounds with the drive axle (rear wheels) weighing 2680 pounds 2. The combined gross weight of tow vehicle and boat/trailer is 14,000 pounds 3. The hitch or tongue weight is 1060 pounds (drive axle weight of second measurement minus the unladen drive axle weight). This should be deducted from the payload on you tow vehicle door. 4. The boat and trailer weighed in at 8140 pounds. (7080 trailer axle plus 1060 hitch weight) Even if you take out the 500 pounds of lead and 20 pounds of gear, you still have boat and trailer weighing in at 7620 pounds with full fuel. According to the stickers on my trailer, the trailer should weigh ~1685 pounds. This would put the boat weighing 5935 pounds (all lead out, full fuel, batteries in). This is substantually more than MB's listed weight of 5200 pounds. Even more concerning, was my hitch weight at around 13%. I imagine if I towed with all lead by the rear seat, it would have brought my hitch weight down substantially. I'm kicking myself for not doing a third pass with the boat empty of all lead ballast. This has also brought up a serious issue that I have regarding the trailer's suitabilty to legally carry an empty B52/A as purchased new. I'll do a little more research before starting a seperate thread on that. I hope this helps you guys with some insight on how much you are really lugging around. I'm sure these get substantially heavier when loaded up with gear for those long Powell trips. I really don't have any inclination to daily drive a Super Duty/Heavy Duty truck, but I'll admit, I'm tossing it around for the first time ever. bloodiestcadaver and BTown801 2 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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