Originally Posted by Phil57
The 2500 will only allow for 33000 GCVW. If they rated the MH GVW at 33000 you would not be able to tow anything.
True AND False.
TRUE: 2500 tranny limit = 33K
If they gave you 19500 on the rear axle, but you only loaded (for example) 18500 back there and let's say a full 12K on the front that's 30500. Therefore 33000 - 30500 leaves 2500 for the toad.
The point is that having 19500 on the RA does not mean that you HAVE to use all that capacity on the RA; it's just the MAX for that axle. Maybe you could somehow get your RA weight down to 16K lbs. Of course you can't, but if you could you'd now have a max toad weight of 33000 - 12000 - 16000 or 5000 lbs.
I'm going to make my final observation on this whole nasty problem and then say (type) no more.
I bought a coach partially based upon on a factory affixed sticker stating a carrying capacity of 3835 lbs. If I don't have that capacity (and I'm 99% certain I do not) then it's like (IMHO) buying an automobile with the odometer rolled back.
If the carrying capacity was overstated and/or the empty weight was understated, (where accidental or on purpose) then it was sold to me fraudulently, IMHO. Now besides the fact that I did not get my promised carrying capacity, there are two additional issues to consider here.
First, is the fact that I'm putting additional strain/load on my RA. I'd imagine that parts back there are going to fail more often and the failures will be more severe/costly. Additionally, I'm sure my warranty on the RA is void.
Secondly, there are the legal ramifications. I have outlined them all in previous posts, so I'm not going to waste additional bandwidth doing it again.
Many RV'ers don't give much thought to these things. If it starts and get's them to the campground they're happy. The color of the carpets is more important than things like GVAW, GVCW, etc
I'm not in that group.... I worry about mundane things. I keep a huge fire extinguisher right by my bed where I can reach it in a second. I've practiced pulling the pin with my eyes closed. I have aerosol cans of flame retardant foam. Both the wife and I have practiced going out the fire escape window, just to see how fast we could do it. Yes, I know many will think I'm a fuss budget; 999 time out of 1000 I'll never have to rely on this practice to save my life. But do I want to chance it? NO!
Likewise, the weight issue...... 999 times out of 1000 I'll never have a legal issue. But do I want to chance it? NO, AGAIN!!!!!
Finally, much has been said about FR customer service (in general) and Randy Houser (in particular) about how well they've handled this. I AGREE. Randy did the best he could with what he was given to work with.
But I can assure you that any REAL relief given by FR will be coming from WAY above Randy's pay-grade.