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Old 10-09-2013, 02:58 PM   #11
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Why when people mention the tow rating for their truck, do others respond with "and you have to subtract the weight of you and your family who will be in the truck" (or along that line). When I look at ratings there is the tow rating (what the truck will pull) and then also the load / payload rating (I forget the actual term) of the truck (and I don't mean rating for what the trailer will also hold). So to me, the tow rating is what is being pulled, while the passenger weight should come off the payload in the truck, not what is being pulled. They are two different items are they not?
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:09 PM   #12
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You are correct, but many times the GCVWR minus the base curb weight is the tow rating. Not always, but a lot of the time. Therefore, the more over base curb weight you are, the less tow rating you have. I usually don't bother with that as I find that the payload will limit tongue weight and, therefore, the max trailer weight...usually before the tow rating is reached.
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You are correct, but many times the GCVWR minus the base curb weight is the tow rating. Not always, but a lot of the time. Therefore, the more over base curb weight you are, the less tow rating you have. I usually don't bother with that as I find that the payload will limit tongue weight and, therefore, the max trailer weight...usually before the tow rating is reached.
Agreed. Most vehicles run out of payload long before ever being able to attain the tow rating. For instance, my father-in-law's 4runner has an advertised 7,000 pounds of tow rating. But when they're actually loaded up, I estimated that to stay within all ratings, he could only pull up to about a 4,500-5,500 pound trailer.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:33 PM   #15
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Have you checked any of the magazine articles like this one.
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You misunderstood the dealer. The EZ lift is a WDH. He is saying that you don't need a WDH that has built in integrated sway control like the Anderson offers. As a side note that trailer is probably too much for your Buick. Your tow rating is reduced pound for pound by any additional weight in the Buick and that includes your passengers.
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