[QUOTE=CWSWine;1293073]The RVSEF (RV Safety and Education Foundation) that has been weighing RVs since the 1993 disagrees with you and the you do subtract people and cargo from the tow ratings. Here is their training video explain how to match a truck to RV and how to figure your tow capacity ratings.
Please tell me where I’m wrong. A truck has a GVWR. The combined truck’s Curb Weight, Cargo and Passengers cannot exceed the truck’s GVWR. A truck’s Tow Rating (Max Towing, Towing Capacity) is the allowable weight for a fully loaded towed vehicle. While in the video he’s backing out the weight of the passengers and cargo on a graphic showing both the GVWR and GCWR but not the tow rating as the OP asked about. He left everything left over as what the truck can tow. However, it’s my understanding that most trucks have a listed Tow Rating. In my case, my Tow Rating and GVWR equals my GCWR. My comment to the OP was based on information listed (on his door stickers and charts) for his truck to indicate that passengers and cargo in the truck determines if the truck exceeds the listed Cargo Capacity and GVWR, not necessarily to determine Tow Rating. If you go by the video, it suggests that you can exceed your listed Tow Rating if you do not max out your GVWR. I personally would suggest against advising someone to exceed any of their listed weights limits. Larry G.
2016 Toyota Tundra 5.7L DC
2016 Flagstaff Micro Lite 23LB
USMC (Retired) 70-91