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Old 07-05-2019, 04:16 PM   #1
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Payload / Tow weight

Hello All:

I am looking for some help to calculate these numbers for payload and yow weight.
I drove my truck and trailer on the scale and these are the numbers I have.
Ram truck weigh alone was 6460 lbs
Trailer weight 6398 Lbs

Truck and trailer on scale was Steer axle 3040 lbs
Drive axle. 4380 lbs
Trailer axle. 6840 lbs
Gross Weight 14,260 lbs
Is this enough for me to calculate payload and tow weight
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:21 PM   #2
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You are adding 960lbs to your truck so that comes off the payload capacity that is on the yellow and white sticker on your drivers door. You are pulling 7,800lbs which is your camper weight. (Camper axle plus tongue weight) Tongue weight is figured by taking your loaded drive and steer axle weights, and subtracting your base weight.
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:30 PM   #3
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Which weight is my base weight
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:43 PM   #4
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Which weight is my base weight

6460lbs. You said that was the weight without the trailer.
I am guessing this has the hitch still in the truck. Technically that is a weight that would subtract from the GVW of your truck. If you know the GVW (Gross Vehichle Weight Rating) of your truck, and subtract the payload number from the door it should give you a pretty close curb weight of your truck. Curb weight is considered to be, the truck as shipped from the factory with a full tank of fuel and 150lbs for the driver. Anything over that for passengers, extra driver weight, and any gear placed in the truck or bolted to it subtract from the payload.
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It is my understanding that the payload number on the door sticker does NOT include any weight for a driver but does include full fuel tank.
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It is my understanding that the payload number on the door sticker does NOT include any weight for a driver but does include full fuel tank.


According to my Ramís Owners Manual, it agrees with you.
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It is my understanding that the payload number on the door sticker does NOT include any weight for a driver but does include full fuel tank.
True! Payload Sticker refers to "Occupants", which the driver is considered as one.
Towing Capacity usually includes a 150lb driver, along with the full fuel tank.
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What does the yellow sticker say you have for payload on the driver door jamb? What type of ram truck do you have.? What model trailer? What is your loaded tongue weight of the trailer? If you do 10% of what you have for trailer weight you should be minimum of 640 lbs. tongue weight And about 75-100 lbs for the hitch. So those weights come off your total payload along with all occupants, and cargo put in the truck. Just remember the weight is as you were heading out loaded to get the most accurate numbers.
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