Originally Posted by jjwelliver
I really don't understand payload, VS gvwr. I know the sticker on the surveyor says 7050 lbs but I guess that not to accurate? We are also pretty light packers and plan on towing it with 10 gallons or less of water or so? This is out 1st trailer. We had a 30' boat that I towed a lot so I familiar with towing it was just a big difference in the wind factor. My boat was about 7' tall on the trailer.
Every trailer comes with a yellow sticker that is SUPPOSED to show the weight of the trailer as it left the factory. Note that this is usually not anywhere near the weight of the trailer when it was delivered. Once it gets to the dealer, they install some options (everything from awnings and furntiture up to A/C units,) they also install the propane tanks, battery and spare tire.
My trailer has a yellow sticker of 7900 pounds, but weighed 8600 when I first weighed it with just a little gear in it, and it about 9400 loaded to camp for a week. In other words, that sticker is not even close to your actual weight.
I also pull a boat that is right around 7000 pounds, they could not be more different in towing. Travel trailer have huge frontal areas and catch every wind blast that comes along.
On the tow vehicle, the GVWR is what it is, you deduct the actual weight of the truck and EVERYTHING in it. the published payload is typically done on a truck with no options and 150 pound driver. Anything in addition to the is subtracted from your payload.