Okay, I know this post may belong in another section, but you folks have been so great with answers, I feel more comfortable right here.
I just got back from the certified scales. They could only weigh the total vehicle weight (not individual axles). My Suburban has a door sticker GVWR of 7200#. With whole family loaded plus the usual tools I carry in the back and full tank of gas it came up 6200#!
Oh man... WTH?
After doing all of the math for GVWR subtracting for WDH weight, trailer tongue weight and family, I have only 270# left over for suitcases and "junk" inside the TV. But even then, I'm at the max!!
I am under the GM factory rating numbers for GCWR by 3500#, and the trailer loaded (not dry) will weigh about 5000 lbs (no tanks full). So I feel safe with those two numbers (until I climb my first mountain I'm sure). But that GVWR scares me.
Am I going to kill my family and possibly others on the road by having the GVWR at the limit??
Thoughts on this please as I don't want to take risks with peoples' lives.
Any "real world" experience towing with a Suburban 1500 (4.10 axle, 2WD)?
You guys have been wonderful, thank you!