Originally Posted by cxccheermom5
Not all 5 kids go only 3 younger ones 1 at 20 lbs 1 at 45 lbs and 1 at 70 lbs. The total gross on Tahoe is 14000 lbs 1000 tongue weight. Nothing else in vehicle except car seat my purse and diaper bag. Camper would have blankets pillows clothes kitchenware to cook. Absolutely no wood water bikes toys or even grocerys. We buy food where we camp which is 25 minute drive from our house. Im not a packer at all like just the basics so not concerned as we really have no gear we'd pack sometimes I do bring 2 camping fold chairs but that's it. Oh the kids do bring a couple card games and a few movies. Road we take to campground is 45-50 mph no highways.
The "total gross" (aka gross combined weight rating or GCWR) is rarely the issue. There's a different number called the "gross vehicle weight rating" (GV
WR) that you will max out long before you ever hit the GC
WR due to the amount of people, stuff and tongue weight on the vehicle.
Do you have any stickers on your door jamb that look like any of the following?
or, it may look like this:
As well, do you also have one that looks like this:
The numbers from those stickers that we're interested in are:
a) "the combined weight of passengers and cargo should never exceed X lbs"
b) the "GVWR"
c) the rear "GAWR" (gross axle weight rating)
Are you up to the idea of taking your 3 kids and going to a weigh-scale to get an idea of what your real payload is? It's quick and easy and only costs $10. There are CAT scales
all over or you can hit a quarry, dump or somewhere else that can give you the following 2 weights:
1) front axle weight
2) rear axle weight
(and added together gives you your actual truck weight)