PERFECT and well worth the exercise.
IMO, Legal Smegal - Why take the risk to your love ones, your property, and for gosh sake MY loved ones to tow something that requires you to worry about being sued.
That my friends is just plain silly.
Been over (weight wise) just ONE TRIP and the white knuckle driving negates the relaxing experience we look for when we RV.
Much more fun drive when the rig is under weight and properly balanced (which is easier to do when you have room to move stuff).
Oh, PS - This is an open forum and as long as you abide by the posting rules you can post pretty much any drivel you feel like. We work hard to let you have a place to have "spirited discussions" on RV related topics.
HOWEVER, CAVEAT LECTOR rules.
(If you flunked or never took Latin that means READER BEWARE)
Lots of what gets posted are opinions, some based on fact, some on hearsay (or regurgitated from some other open forum) and some just posted to get a response.
(Links to supporting sites nearly always get more traction than just throwing your stuff out there)
here will come to your aid if a mod suggested blows up in your face or you get hauled into court because of something you read here and decided was OK.
Every so often this has to be repeated.
We DO have a "No Beating a Dead Horse" ICON
for a reason.
I read through this and while I personally don't agree with most of it, no posting rules have been broken (other than the dead horse)
Traffic rules vary (mostly) by state and what might be perfectly legal in yours may not be in others. Some are trumped by the Equal Protection Clause at the Federal Level (like non-commercial driver's licensing requirements). Even local laws get in the way (like Jake Brake laws).
In the end, YOU DECIDE.
Be safe, use the scales, follow your Placards and you will never need to worry about any of this (again in my humble opinion).
The "getting there" should be as much fun as the destination.
Originally Posted by jnamadison
Regardless of the other back and forth banter above....
Given the numbers provided in the Original Post
If you're truck weight 7227 and you have 500 lbs between cargo and passengers, then your max 5th wheel is 15773 based on 23500(GCWR) - 7727 (Truck weight + Cargo).
Now, you stated the trailer you wanted to tow had a GVWR of 16000. While that technically puts you over the max, most people don't tow their trailers at GVWR.
Also you need to factor pin weight. For that, we take 13000(Truck's GVWR) - 7727 (truck + cargo again) for 4773. I don't know of almost any 16k 5v'ers that have 4k pin weight. You look to be good based on the numbers provided.
My only word of caution is the 7227 for the truck sounds like a curb weight. You'd be much better suited loading the truck up with you, the family, fuel, and the hitch and taking it down to a CAT scale for a actual weight. Then substitute that for the 7727 in the calculations above and you have exact numbers to work with. This will also allow you to measure your Rear Axle weight against the RAWR listed on the sticker in the door jam to make sure you really have all the numbers.
As for the mention of the truck/trailer weight rating for your plate. If the non-commercial goes to 24k, you're good because if you make the calculations above work, you're max will be the 23,500 GCWR.