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Old 06-29-2016, 09:37 AM   #11
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There is wiggle room built into the max weights a MFG lists for their vehicle. You have gauges for the trans and as long as you are not hearing clunking from the reared or Ujoints I wouldn't worry about it. I would make sure my tires are up to the task and properly inflated. JMHO
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Old 06-29-2016, 12:41 PM   #12
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And as I said, some manuf have different GCWR with nothing more than different gears! So as long as your under axle weights without being crazy, such as trying to tow a 10klb trailer 500 over is OK by me.
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Old 06-29-2016, 04:06 PM   #13
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I always wonder how some of the more weight conscious folks ever make it out of the driveway

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Old 06-29-2016, 04:22 PM   #14
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The trailer weighs 4890 so add about 50 and were at about 5000 . Which equals at about 11500 with a full tank of gas.
Only 50 pounds of weight in the trailer? I don't know how many are in your family, but just clothes could easily add more than 50#. What about cooking utensils and food, toys, etc. Every time I get something for the trailer (or want to) I am reminded about weight and how little things can add up.
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Old 06-29-2016, 04:24 PM   #15
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I weighed with everything in except for clothes so food utensils are on there and blankets and pillows and things etc


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I always wonder how some of the more weight conscious folks ever make it out of the driveway

By making sure you have plenty of leeway to begin with
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:04 PM   #17
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My TV a 2001 chevy express 1500 conversion van v8 5.7 L which weighs 5890 dry is rated for 11000 lbs gross combined weight and I am pulling a combined 11500 so am about 500 over and wonder just how bad this is ? The engine seems fine, the trans runs cool at 170 on the highway on a hot summer day. I get no swaying with the center-line TS husky WDH. Does all f this mean I should be OK ? I plan to take it out on a 180 mile trip in 2 weeks and am a bit concerned since I only hauled this once for 60 miles each way and traveled a bit lighter than I will be this next trip, about 200 pounds lighter. Should I be ok ?
So, it sounds like you feel 500 lbs is not too much. Fine. Good luck to you. But if you are looking for somebody to justify your decision, at somepoint, a decision about how much is too much will need to be made. 600? 700? 1500? What do you think?

I'm an engineer. And I know that engineers already bake in safety factors. Sure, some will say these ratings are generated by marketing. Reality is that marketing tells the engineers the targets, and we have to ensure that the parts hold up to those targets, WITH SAFETY FACTORS.

At the end of the day, you have to decide where the limit is. My recommendation to you is to obey your owner's manual. Any other statement here is simply an opinion that can't be backed up with anything.
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:07 PM   #18
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Ps - I did not read any of the comments after the OP. So my statements have nothing to do with any other comments. I simply know how these threads usually go. But nobody should take my comments as being directed towards them. I didn't read any comments.
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I'm sure glad those that are fine exceeding weight specs, aren't airline pilots.
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plus or minus a bit won't hurt in the short haul but may bite you later with trans repair or engine work . i do believe all tv's have a bit of built in safety .TT's no built in safety and max there can be to much . those that think your causing danger to others because your 500 or even 1000 over have nothing better to do with themselves but nitpick every OZ
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