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Old 08-06-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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How do find out what my vehicles Gross Combined Weight Rating is for my tow vehicle? I tried looking it up in my manual and even checked with dealership and cannot find any numbers. Is this just the GVWR of the Tow vehicle + the GVWR of the Travel Trailer added together? I understand that the total cargo of the TV including passengers, cargo, fuel, etc. reduces the total GVWR. I only have a 1,215 lb payload in my SUV. I thought about loading the TT instead of the TV to keep the payload as light as possible. I have about 2,000 lbs to work with before I max out the GVWR in the TT. Is this okay or do I need to balance my cargo weight with my TV? I don't think I have horsepower to tow my 5,000 lb TT, but want to travel safely. Thoughts? I am looking at upgrading from a 4.7 liter V-8 to at least a 5.7 liter. I am not interested in a diesel. Thanks!

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Old 08-06-2014, 03:46 PM   #2
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See if the manufacturer has the towing guide online for your year model vehicle. it should say what the GCWR is for your vehicle.
GCWR of the TV is not GVWR of TV + GVWR of Trailer. it is the maximum allowed combined weight of the TV, all cargo and anything towed.. this is independent of the GVWR of the trailer.

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Old 08-06-2014, 03:48 PM   #3
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You might want to start with the empty weight of your vehicle (should be on the title and registration), add 150 lbs. (driver), and then add your towing capacity. That should get you in the ball park. As you load up your vehicle, the towing capacity comes down because of the GCWR.

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Old 08-06-2014, 04:03 PM   #4
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I have a 2004 4Runner. The dry weight is 4495 according to the manual. Payload is 1,215 and GVWR is 5,710, which added up makes sense, but how do I calculate the Gross Combined Weight Rating?
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Old 08-06-2014, 04:06 PM   #5
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BTW, I weighed my TV at one of the CAT scales recently and it weighed 4885 with me in it and full tank of gas.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:25 PM   #6
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There are really 2 different GCVR to look at.

In my case, Ford gives a maximum GCWR of 30,500 pounds. That's the absolute most the truck and trailer can weigh together.

Theoretically, I could have a trailer with a GVWR of 16,500 pounds before maxing out the truck.

The actual GCVR is the total of the GVWRs of the truck and the trailer. For me it's 14,000 for the truck and 11,952 for the trailer for a GCVR on my rig of 25,952 pounds. That's the most the rig can weigh if both truck and trailer are loaded to their legal limits.

That number comes in to play for me here in PA since my class C drivers license limits me to 26,000 pounds. I'm also required to register the truck for the maximum combined weight it will pull.

Confusing? you bet! I just spent a great deal of time figuring all this out with lots of phone calls back and forth with AAA and PennDot.

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You need the tow rating and calculate what mtnguy said.

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