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Old 06-27-2016, 10:50 PM   #1
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Weight question

I weighed my set up this weekend and I was shocked to learn that my gross weight capacity rating is 11000 and my actual total is 10600. This only leaves 400 for us and clothes. We will probably go over by about 300 / 400. Should I be concerned ? It hauls nice and smooth with wdh and I have a trans cooler and gauge and it runs cool at 170 on highway doing 60 on a hot summer day of 88. You all think Ill be ok ? it is a v8 5.7L Vortec gm chevy engine and they are pretty tough.
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Not enough info. What were the weights you obtained? What are the gvwr, gcwr, grawr and payload of your truck. What truck and trailer do you have?
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:27 PM   #3
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GVWR : 7100
GVWR : 11000
GAWR - rear : 3600
GAWR- front : 3968
Not sure about payload since it's a van
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I think there are several other factors you need to look at and be careful to not go over the limits. It is more than just the engine/power of the tow vehicle, there are other parts such as tires, wheels, suspension and more which can prematurely fail. Additionally, there's the physical forces to consider such as cornering and braking.

You overload it then all bets are off and from a safety standpoint it is foolish and should be avoided. Insurance and warranty claims get voided and so on.
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Weights obtained were :
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:31 PM   #6
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I have all new tires on both trailer and van - trailer tires are supposed to be load C and I used D. I also use a wdh , a trans cooler and gage.


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GVWR : 7100
GVWR : 11000
GAWR - rear : 3600
GAWR- front : 3968
Not sure about payload since it's a van
2001 Chevy express 1500 v8 5.7L vortec engine


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I think the 11000 is supposed to be gcwr not gvwr. We are still missing important data. The 5840 weight for the van, was that scaled weight attached to the trailer, scaled weight by itself or brochure dry weight? Same goes for the trailer. Was this with or without wdh connected?
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Weight question

The van was scaled dry and alone, the trailer was scaled connected to the van but after I scaled van alone, I deducted the van weight and the balance was my tt. I bdid have a wdh on when both van and tt were scaled together.


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For 400 pounds or so, I wouldn't really sweat it. I congratulate you for taking the time and actually going out to the scales. There are so many TV/Trailer combinations out there that should not be on the road, you can tell the are grossly overweight just by looking at them. Or, they don't have the proper safety equipment like a WDH. So, just be careful, and enjoy camping.
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Weight question

A few guys here at work say the same thing, and 1 was a certified mechanic and now a machinist. They say to just drive smart and don't put the pedal to the metal, go easy on the van but I'm still concerned about a breakdown.


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