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Old 03-28-2015, 08:42 PM   #31
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Payload should be right around 1280.
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:03 AM   #32
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I don't see anything on the door about payload. I do have GAWR 3200 front, 3900lbs rear.
& GVWR 7200lbs. Are those the numbers for payload? I thought I seen a payload from a search of my Durango to be 1350 or around that. Is there another place to look for payload if those are not the #s? The owners manual just had the same lbs as what was on the door nothing about payload.
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:08 AM   #33
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OK I checked the door. It has GAWR 3200lbs front, 3900 rear. & GVWR 7200lbs? Nothing about payload? Or are those the #s? I thought in a search of my vehicle a 1350 or around there came up. That is how I got that number. Is there another place on the vehicle to find payload the owners manual had the same # as the door. But nothing on payload?
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:23 AM   #34
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Never..... I repeat NEVER enter a "weight station" on the side of the highway when lights are flashing or not and expect to get anything weighed unless you are driving commercially! The DOT officers do not take light to that. Just make your way to a certified CAT scale at a truck stop!
I have watched and seen many RV's going in and parked at state scales when they are open, my guess is they mistook them for rest areas.
I am not sure what happens but I guess not much.

But yes bypass if the thing is open.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:48 AM   #35
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OK I checked the door. It has GAWR 3200lbs front, 3900 rear. & GVWR 7200lbs? Nothing about payload? Or are those the #s? I thought in a search of my vehicle a 1350 or around there came up. That is how I got that number. Is there another place on the vehicle to find payload the owners manual had the same # as the door. But nothing on payload?
Still confused with payload. IS the GAWR #s. Or where else can I find or calculate my payload. I know payload includes the weight of passengers cargo & weight of the trailer hitch etc. But not sure how to find the payload of the Durango (outside of the search I did). We will be about 1050lbs max in vehicle most of that at the hitch of 750lbs I believe. Thanks
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:51 AM   #36
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rigold, here's a website that may help you thru this process. I, too was very confussed when it came time to find weight loads. This thread has helped a lot even though we don't have a 5th wheel - it's for all kinds of trailers and tow vehicles. It all boils down to how much weight they can tow safely with minimumf strain on the drivetrain and brakes. Good luck and hopes this helps
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:43 PM   #37
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Gawr is not the payload number, there should be another sticker as well as tire loading information. Do you see any other stickers? It should be in the drivers side door jam. I just did a quick search and looked at the brochure for the 2014 Citadel and it said 1280 but I did not know all the options and everything you have. The sticker is the best way to determine.

You can get payload by taking GVWR and minus the curb weight.
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:16 PM   #38
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I have seen others say payload reads "occupant and cargo should not exceed XXXX", there are others reporting the "sticker" saying this over on the dodge forum with Durangos. Either way it is between 1280 and 1340 according to other posts and the brochures.

You will also need the yellow sticker weight of the trailer.

Regardless I will do a little math for you so you know what you are dealing with. Not trying to be the weight police just making you aware. You can choose what you want to do.

I will figure it out with the range of payload between 1280 and 1340 since those are the ranges of the brochure.

Trailer weight with your added gear (you estimated) 6000#

Tongue weight at 12.5 = 750#

Trailer weight of 6800# (your heavy estimate)

Tongue weight at 12.5 = 850

Added items in the TV ( you state: Just my wife & I were not big, with a 30 lbs dog some treats & water for the drive is all that will be in the tv) = I dont know what not big means but lets say you weigh 180 and your wife 120? (not trying to insult her or anything - illustration purposes only) and a 30 lb dog, that right there is 330# plus lets say add 40 pounds for misc stuff (water, snacks, dog gear, suitcase, glove box items, ect). So we are at 370#.

370# + TW (750#) = 1120#

payload range of 1280 - 1340 leaves with 160 - 220 left before you are maxed out (by the numbers).

These were just speculative weight numbers and pretty conservative so you may be hitting the max when you get all of your actual weights. A fully loaded TT will hit your max with capabilities of trailer tow weight as well as payload. Your TV may pull it for awhile but after awhile it will start to wear out due to operating at the maxes each time you go out.

The best thing to do is find the payload sticker on your TV and TT. Take your TV to the scales, get the weight ticket, go home hook up your TT (empty) and go back and get the weight.

Subtract the first ticket from the second ticket and that's your trailer weight. Load up your trailer (ready to camp) and take it back for a third weight. Subtract ticket 1 from ticket 3 and that is your ready to camp weight, subtract ticket 2 from ticket 3 and that is your cargo weight. This is how I did mine so I know exactly what my truck is, exactly what my empty trailer is empty, and exactly what my trailer is ready to camp.

I did all this in one day, the first weight ticket was $10 abd each weight ticket after that within 24hrs was $2. It kills a day but then you will never have to guess at the numbers again.

I know I wrote a novel but just trying to help because I just went through this recently when I bought my new TT.
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Saints, thanks for that synopsis for the scales! Easily understood, sounds like a mornings work is all. Gonna do that this weekend.
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I know I wrote a novel but just trying to help because I just went through this recently when I bought my new TT.
Thank you very much I understand now. I plan on taking to the scales next Monday & will look again for another sticker for payload. The Durango is fully loaded with options so it's probably the 1280#. I wish I knew all of this before I bought the travel trailer. Oh well looks like I may have to go get another truck. Oh well,Bummer! Thanks again
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