Lake Mead N.R.A.

Lake Mead N.R.A.

Our Rig and Upgrades

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2010 Carriage Cameo Fifth Wheel model F35SB3

Cameo 35SB3


Exterior Length35' 11"
Exterior Width96"
Exterior Height with A/C***12' 8"
Dry Axle Weight (lb)*10,060
Hitch Weight (lb)*2,240
Total Dry Weight (lb)*12,300
Average Load Capacity (lb)*2,699
Axles (#)2
Fresh Water Capacity with Water Heater (gal.)**82
Black/Gray Holding Tank Capacity (gal.)62/62

We special ordered our rig with dual pane windows, astro-foil, 2nd A/C, 10.0 c.f. fridge, convection/ microwave oven ipo gas stove, generator prep, raised axles for 4wd. trucks, Morryde King pin. As you know additional options add weight to the rig.
Our Cameo is nearly 36ft. long with the following individual weights as reported for our rig from the factory (compare the factory weights with the brochure weights above):

GAWR for each front and rear 7000 lbs.
GAWR (total axle weight rating) 14000 lbs.
GVWR total vehicle weight rating 14999 lbs.
Hitch Weight (factory dry weight) 2435 lbs.
Axle Weight (factory dry weight) 9981 lbs.
UVW (factory dry weight of unit 12436 lbs.
NCC (maximum weight that can be added 2583 lbs.
The rig is equipped to carry:
82 gals. of freshwater at 8.3 lbs./gal: 681 lbs.
Liquid Propane at 4.3 lbs./gal. 60 lbs.
Cargo Capacity (NCC less fluid weights)...1842 lbs.
(We have yet to travel with a full 82 gals. of freshwater)

May 28, 2010, our actual weights with 20 gals. of water and loaded for full timing:

Our hitch weight:  2820 lbs.
Axles weight:  12380
total weight: 15220 lbs.

Big Foot Levelers that we had added shortly after we purchased the fifth wheel.  The Big Foot Levelers allow the rig to be quickly lifted or lowered and leveled automatically without the use of boards or other blocking equipment.

The controller and it's 5ft. cord is stored upside down in the front storage compartment mounted with velcro.  The panel is removed from the storage compartment when in use.

Our custom bike rack hitch bolted to the king pin of the fifth wheel holds our two mountain bikes.

Our TST Tire Pressure Monitoring System for the Fifth Wheel tires.  It measures tire pressure and temperature.

2009 Dodge 3500 Laramie DRW 4x4 longbed with a 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel, 6 spd. automatic and 4:10 rear-end.  36 gallon fuel tank. 
This truck is rated: 
GVW of 12,200 lbs.  
Payload capacity of 4,780 lbs. 
Rated to tow 16,900 lbs. 
GCWR of 24,000 lbs.

May 28, 2010. Our actual weights ready to tow with 1/2 a tank of diesel:

Steer Axle:  4980
Drive Axle:  3740
Gross Weight: 8720

Loaded with the fifth wheel:
Steer Axle 4760 lbs.  (Rated for 5200 lbs.)
Drive Axle 6800 lbs. (Dually rated for 9350 lbs.)
Trailer Axles 12380 lbs. (combined axles rated for 14000 lbs.)
Gross Weight 23940 lbs. (Truck GCVW rated for 24000 lbs.)

Some folks have expressed interest on the platform I created to carry our dogs, Maggie and Rico in the back seat. 

There's room for two storage bins, one on each side.

It's made of 1/2 inch plywood covered with a foam cushion, faux leather and of course a blanket.

The deck is removable simply by lifting it out.