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Old 01-29-2016, 01:05 PM   #1
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Silverado 3500 weight on tags

I am pulling the camper to Alaska this year, my 2012 Silverado 3500HD has at the present 8,000lb tags on it. I am pulling a Cedar Creek 32RL, it says when camper is fully loaded it will weigh 16,000lb. Camper will never weigh that. My Silverado is a diesel extended cab 4 wheel drive. How many pounds do you think I should add to the tags? Oh yes I have a 100gl tank in truck. I think the truck now weighs about 8,000lb, should I just keep the weight at 8,000lb or should I add more weight to the tags


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Old 01-29-2016, 01:29 PM   #2
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Is there an option to add more. Kind of funny one should have to do this for a pick up. I would think if your towing now with the tag then why worry going to Alaska. Later RJD
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Old 01-29-2016, 01:39 PM   #3
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You can add more weight to the tags in North Carolina or I could have put 6,000lb on the tags


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I guess the question would be what is required for your state? Later RJD
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I see you are also from NC. The weight requirement for a truck in NC is that it be tagged for the weight of the vehicle plus the weight of anything it is hauling or pulling. See GS20-88 below

I am tagged at 20,000#. The CAT Scale in Asheville had my truck and Wildcat at 19,550# fully fueled, all tanks empty, on the way home from camping with 3 people in the truck so minimal food.
You don't want to know what my tag cost even without the property tax added to it. It is UGLY!!!

I can even believe they allowed your truck to be registered at 8K. Even running empty you are at that.

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(a) Determination of Weight. - For the purpose of licensing, the weight of self-propelled property-carrying vehicles shall be the empty weight and heaviest load to be transported, as declared by the owner or operator; provided, that any determination of weight shall be made only in units of 1,000 pounds or major fraction thereof, weights of over 500 pounds counted as 1,000 and weights of 500 pounds or less disregarded. The declared gross weight of self-propelled property-carrying vehicles operated in conjunction with trailers or semitrailers shall include the empty weight of the vehicles to be operated in the combination and the heaviest load to be transported by such combination at any time during the registration period, except that the gross weight of a trailer or semitrailer is not required to be included when the operation is to be in conjunction with a self-propelled property-carrying vehicle which is licensed for 6,000 pounds or less gross weight and the gross weight of such combination does not exceed 9,000 pounds, except wreckers as defined under G.S. 20-4.01(50). Those property-hauling vehicles registered for 4,000 pounds shall be permitted a tolerance of 500 pounds above the weight permitted under the table of weights and rates appearing in subsection (b) of this section.

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and if your setup exceeds 26,000# total weight you will need a Class A non-CDL drivers license in NC

I believe there is a CAT scale in Warsaw. You may want to fuel up, hook up and weigh you set up.

I see you have a 100 gal tank in the bed... That is on my wish list. I hate buying diesel on the OBX and can't make it on one tank.
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I think you are a little off, upon further investigation I found NCDOT doesn't care what your trailer weighs, it's what the truck weighs when hooked up to camper. So if my truck weighs 8,000lbs empty and my pin weigh is 3,000lbs then it's total 11,000lbs. I'll take camper to a scale and see what truck weighs hooked up to camper. I do have to get a Class A license, that just costs more. I don't worry much about getting weighed in the States but going into Canada maybe.


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I'm in NC. I've had a chevy dealer and a Ford dealer both tell me you need to be tagged for at least the truck gvwr, you may get bigger if you wish but that is the minimum requirement. My f250 was tagged for 10,000 lbs. My silverado 3500 is tagged for more than its 11000 lb gvwr but less than its gcwr..... IIRC ours is tagged at 15000 lbs.
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I think you are a little off, upon further investigation I found NCDOT doesn't care what your trailer weighs, it's what the truck weighs when hooked up to camper. So if my truck weighs 8,000lbs empty and my pin weigh is 3,000lbs then it's total 11,000lbs. I'll take camper to a scale and see what truck weighs hooked up to camper. I do have to get a Class A license, that just costs more. I don't worry much about getting weighed in the States but going into Canada maybe.


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Correct. Somewhere in the regs there is an "recreational" exemption that states towing boats and campers are exempt. Might call Raleigh for clarification and the Hampstead office is pretty sharp on the regs. This is a conversation that comes up quite a bit here, very con g using they way the licence trucks & SUVs
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Our Ministry of Transport guys (equiv to the DOT) - don't get too interested in RVs/Campers unless you really do something to draw their attention.

There's reciprocal agreements with the US, and between the provinces; that basically say as long as your setup is legal where you're plated, you're good here.
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