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Old 04-25-2018, 07:36 PM   #1
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A question of balance ....

My original floorplan is very RB-50-ish, with a sideways bunk over the rear axle and a galley on the driver's side. One person, in the driver's seat.

My two Group 31 batteries are just fore of the driver's side wheelwell: 130 lbs.

My plan was to use a chest-style fridge (40 lbs plus contents) just fore of the passenger side wheelwell.

Fast forward; the chest-style fridge plan is a thing of the past, and I am now back to looking at a front opener, maybe 2.3 CF (or similar) like SMB uses.

QUESTION: the best space for this would be on the driver's side, adjacent to the galley, and behind the driver's seat. BUT this puts all the weight on the driver's side.

Is this something to worry about? Or, in the scheme of things, is the extra 50 lbs on the driver's side a "who cares?"

How much attention should I pay to "load balancing?"


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Old 04-25-2018, 08:09 PM   #2
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Oh no, you'll never notice it. That is very little weight for such a big van. Since I've been hauling freight in my van for the last 6 mos. or so I've been doing a LOT of shade tree research on load balancing, drivability, etc. It takes about 500 lbs. of something for you to even know it's there in the Transit. In fact, it is much better in many respects with a few hundred pounds on it.

Due to my needs I have a lot of weight on the driver's side and never notice it. This includes me (150 lbs. plus hmmmm, maybe 50.....sometimes....OK, all the time ), my 4cf Truckfridge stuffed with food and beverages, 7 gallons of water (Aquatainer) and all of my pantry and bigger deeper cabinets are on the left due to the rear AC box rendering that space useless for any freight from the back door forwards. To clarify, left cabinets are 1-1.5' deep and passenger side are about 10" deep so all the bigger stuff like tools, shoes, etc. goes on the driver's side. All that plus a very heavy inverter. No problem.



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Old 04-26-2018, 05:23 AM   #3
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It's very noticeable and should be factored in., maybe not to the point of bring out the scales but do your best.
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