Originally Posted by frednkim09
We are new to RVing and considering a 2010 Grey Wolf 29BH. We own a 2008 Chrysler Aspen and plan to get a 10K hitch installed.
This is what we found on the trailer:
hitch weight = 683 lbs
axle wegiht = 5148 lbs
ship weight = 5831 (the dealer keeps referring to this # as what our vehicle can tow)
GVWR w/brakes = 7683
According to Chrysler specs our vehicle has:
wheelbase of 119.2
extra tow package
can pull 6800 pounds
Now a good friend who has pulled 28-30' trailers for over 30 years was trying to explain that there is a weight distributor/equalizer wtih the hitch enables you to pull additional weight.
Please advised, this is so confusing
GVWR w/brakes = 7683 this is max weight your trailer can be as per the manufactuer.
can pull 6800 pounds.... this is probably incorrect
you need a few things about your tow vehicle first
whats its GVWR? (gross vehicle weight rating)
and what is its GCVWR? (Gross combined vehicle weight rating, this is itself and what its pulling)
GAWR (gross axle weight rating front and rear)
What does it weigh with you and your passengers onboard?
chryslers website can help you get the correct GVWR based on what options your truck has, axle ratio engine, factory tow packages, etc
once you have your vehicles empty weight
you can do some math.
subtract your vehicles empty weight from its GVWR and that will give you PAYLOAD. however, keep in mind that could exceed your axle ratings.
I am not familiar with the Chrysler product, but again their website will shed light on axle ratings and the other ratings you need
but the math doesn't change with a different manufacturer
so to summarize
you need to go weigh your vehicle as you would be loaded to take the rv on a trip, full fuel, gear and passengers.
you need its GVWR
you need its GCVWR
you need its GAWR front/rear
you can subtract the GVWR from the GCVWR and that will give you a strong indicator of what your vehicle is rated to tow.
and i would stay at the 80% rating to give your self some wiggle room
you will be surprised how fast STUFF adds up to overweight
on your rv you need to know GAWR as well for each axle, vice its empty axle weight as prescribed by the builder. If you have already taken possession you need to weigh it as well EMPTY.
and yes you will be using a weight distribution hitch. no ifs and or maybes
it does transfer weight to the front wheels to balance the vehicle and give you steering control. thats why its important to know your vehicles axle ratings. you can adjust weight transfer to add or take away weight from axles if needed, not a lot but it can be enough if your close or over weight.
hope it helps
since apsen is no longer on chryslers site
you can type in your rigs specs and it wil give you a pretty close number
if you have the 5.7 engine....etc, 4wd or 2wd