There are only three weights on the truck door sticker that mean anything. One..the max gross weight for the entire vehicle; two..the max weight for the front axle; and three..the max weight for the rear axle. Any published "empty" weight is a fantasy number and means absolutely NOTHING. The same three numbers are shown on the trailer sticker and its "empty (or base, or whatever you want to call it)" weight also means nothing.
My Ram 1500 publishes a maximum total weight of 6,900 pounds. When I put the truck on the scale I get an actual base weight of 5,550 pounds. That's with a full tank of fuel, all the stuff normally carried (i.e., the toolbox and its contents installed in the truck bed), myself and one passenger. That means I have an actual useful load remaining of 1,350 pounds.
Then, I weighed the entire rig on a Cat scale with the trailer configured for normal travel I get a combined weight of everything of 12,350 pounds. The truck front axle weight is 2,780, the rear axle is 3,810 and the trailer axle(s) 5,760. That tells me the truck weight configured for trailering is 6,590 pounds, leaving me 310 pounds for other stuff. The total trailer weight is way below its maximum of 9,800 pounds and the weight on the axles and tires (e-load) is also well under maximum of 5,080 pounds each.
My only concern, and it's just something to watch, is the rear axle weight is within 100 pounds of maximum. I say it's something to watch because I doubt I'll add anything else to the bed of the truck. My trailer is a toy-hauler so all the extra stuff is loaded about 90% behind the axle and 10% in front of the axle.
This weighing was done without the Harley loaded. When loaded, the front tire of the MC is directly over the trailer rear axle so the majority of the weight is rearward. I'm taking the rig back to the Cat scale this week and re-weigh it with the Harley on board. I'm not sure but I think the total truck weight will be slightly lower because of the lower hitch weight.
At some point during every day you suddenly realize nothing else productive is going to happen the rest of that day. For me, it usually occurs around 9 am.
Vengeance 25V (the Harley needed a home)