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Old 01-04-2016, 12:52 PM   #1
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GAWR ?

Question for the pros. Is the gross axle weight rating the breaking point of the axle or the suspension/spring system? Just wondering if you tow at 100-200 lbs over are you risking disaster.
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No one here can give a qualified opinion on that. There is likely a built in buffer from the listed weight rating and where damage actually occurs, but without being from the manufacturer - it's hard to say.

If you're over on GAWR, you're possibly over or maxed out on the tire loading capacity which would concern me a lot more. And you're definitely over on GVWR by a lot.
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No one here can give a qualified opinion on that. There is likely a built in buffer from the listed weight rating and where damage actually occurs, but without being from the manufacturer - it's hard to say.

If you're over on GAWR, you're possibly over or maxed out on the tire loading capacity which would concern me a lot more. And you're definitely over on GVWR by a lot.

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The axle itself is rated far beyond that number, it's everything else that is attached to it, that makes that limit.


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Question for the pros. Is the gross axle weight rating the breaking point of the axle or the suspension/spring system? Just wondering if you tow at 100-200 lbs over are you risking disaster.
Neither and No. If you're referring to the tow vehicle.


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Neither and No. If you're referring to the tow vehicle.


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LMAO. My first instinct when I saw this thread:


And then I thought:
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Remember those are static weights ratings and one reason the GVWR is well below Axle ratings is during towing down a hill, apply the brakes or hitting that dip in the road you pin weights can increases by 30% to 40% above the static ratings.
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Your going to need a dually for that!!!

Just kidding. The axles can handle way more than the GAWR listed. It's usually the suspension, wheels and tires that are the limits. For example a ram 2500 and ram 3500 have identical axles but the GAWR are 6500#/7000# respectively. Only difference between the two is the suspension.
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