Originally Posted by ependydad
I think what I read in OldCoot's response is that he's willing to overload all of the numbers as he feels the companies are publishing conservative ratings due to fear of liability. I'm not sure why it matters if I ever have or haven't overloaded anything...
Not my intent in any way shape or form. I have been in the design field and I know what we recommended for brochures and after the corporate lawyers got finished and the brochures printed, you would not recognize the numbers as they had been altered downward by 25%-30% most times and our original numbers were from exhaustive actual tests. I'm just saying that none of the stickers are gospel, but guidelines. As for whether you have or haven't overloaded anything, my point was why are folks so adamant about a truck, but neglect their car/van when it is loaded for vacation and very possibly overloaded for the tires/suspension but they don't head to the Cat scales.
I feel I can exceed my sticker numbers by a couple hundred pounds and be just as safe (as some folks insist on calling it) as everyone else.
Not saying it was right, but people have been towing trailers for years before all the stickers were on vehicles and if it were so dangerous, it would have been all over the news about crashes/accidents and federal and state laws would have been enacted would be enforced very rigidly. JMO. I'm off my soapbox now, carry on.