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Old 10-09-2010, 09:40 AM   #41
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I haven't seen anyone mention GCW (gross combination weight). It's the combination of the TV & trailer weight.
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:47 AM   #42
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Oh yeah, another number GCW, mine is 14,080
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:55 AM   #43
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I haven't seen anyone mention GCW (gross combination weight). It's the combination of the TV & trailer weight.
The book says my max combined weight is 25,000 pounds.
Like THAT is ever gonna happen.
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Old 10-09-2010, 05:35 PM   #44
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Truck is a 2004 Supercab, with 145" wheelbase,4x4, Can't determine the gear ratio,
I pulled the camper back from Ohio to St. louis area didnot seem to have any problems at 60-65mph.
Should I be pulling camper with overdrive on or off?
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Old 10-09-2010, 05:45 PM   #45
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Can't tell you if you should have overdive on or off, but I think if you get a ScanGauge II and monitor your transmission temperature, then you will be able to make the decision yourself.
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Old 10-09-2010, 06:34 PM   #46
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Truck is a 2004 Supercab, with 145" wheelbase,4x4, Can't determine the gear ratio,
I pulled the camper back from Ohio to St. louis area didnot seem to have any problems at 60-65mph.
Should I be pulling camper with overdrive on or off?
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Do Ford trucks not have a label in the glovebox listing the option codes of the truck?

Also, have your local dealer run the VIN, they might be to determine the axle ratio from it.
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Old 10-09-2010, 10:03 PM   #47
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Revrnd, Fords have the Loading and tires sticker on the drivers door jamb (B pillar) it will have the axle code on it. Also the diff itself will have a metal tag hanging off it with the axle code as well. Also, as Herk mentions in good light, most trucks that people like us use, towing most TT's that we will tow, will not meet or exceed their GCWR before exceeding their GVWR.
For the most part, GVWR will be reached long before max trailer weight is reached, which would preclude GCWR from being reached as well, just think of it as a system of checks and balances.....
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More than a fair amount of 3/4 tons have the same problem. I tow a 9400 pound 5th wheel with a 9200 pound GVW GMC2500HD.

The Duramax gets my max tow-able up to a 15,400 pound 5'er camper but when you add the weight of the diesel and the Allison trans to the base 2500HD weight my 1400 pound pin weight puts me at max GVW for the truck.

Herk, I am shocked that your truck is only rated for 9200LB GVWR yet it has a 25K LB GCWR?? That is a high delta!

The F250 I am looking at right now has a GVWR of 9600 LB and a GCWR of 22.5K LB
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Herk, I am shocked that your truck is only rated for 9200LB GVWR yet it has a 25K LB GCWR?? That is a high delta!

The F250 I am looking at right now has a GVWR of 9600 LB and a GCWR of 22.5K LB

If you pull up the stats for the GMC Sierra 2500/3500HD (single wheel or dually in the 3500) you will find the tow ratings are identical across the board for similar options.

The ONLY difference is in tow vehicle max gross weight and THAT comes from the stronger rear axle and the size of the tow vehicle brakes.

The gross combined weight is identical.
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The book says my max combined weight is 25,000 pounds.
Like THAT is ever gonna happen.
Your kidding right?
My 1 ton dually does not have that much and it sure is heck is a lot more truck with a lot more pulling power that any 3/4 ton truck on the road!
I suspect if you look again you will discover it is actually 20K. At lease that was what my 2004 2500HD was.
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