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Old 05-16-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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please explain GVWR

Hi - I'm confused about GVWR weight. How do you figure out how much 'stuff' you will carry? If we know we do not want to go over 13K total weight in the fiver, why shouldn't we pay attention to the 'dry weight' of the specs of a fiver?

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Old 05-16-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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dry specs are almost always wrong and low . ITS a pretty loose number .
Besides you have to figure on ALL the add ons from the dealer after the DRY weight .

battery/batteries
propane tanks full
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:32 PM   #3
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Hi Boatless,

As Turbo said, dry weights are loose (at best).

The brochure weight does not include manufacturer options.

The yellow sticker dry weight does not include propane, batteries, water or any dealer options.

We haven't even gotten to your cargo, yet, and already your 5er may be well over the brochure "dry weight".

I'm guessing here, but I think when you refer to people stating on the forum "do not pay attention to the dry ship weight of a trailer", we are saying don't use that weight to decide how much you can pull. It has little to do with deciding if the trailer is too much for the truck.

You will see this occasionally. Someone will say "Can I pull this Humongous trailer that lists a dry weight of 9,000lbs? My vehicle has a tow capacity of 9,500lbs".
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:03 PM   #4
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Everything you need to know is here.

Understanding RV Weights

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Old 05-16-2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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Basically if you look at GVWR numbers it is the max your RV can weigh. If you consider that your trailer weigh something less than the GVWR you eill be OK. As for tow ratings using GVWR you should always be safe. As an example my fiver has a GVWR of 13,750 and routinely scales 13,500.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:18 PM   #6
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Smile Thank you - yes, this infor should be a sticky!

Thank you!

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everything you need to know is here.

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Old 05-16-2012, 08:27 PM   #7
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Ok so if my 2012 Salem 27RKSS says:

Dry Weight lbs 6355
Payload lbs 1327
for a total weight of 7682 lbs

If my axles are rated for 3500 each (7,000 lbs total) I'd be 682 lbs overweight for the axles for a start.
My tires currently on the trailer would also be underrated for hauling.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:37 PM   #8
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There will also be weight on the in or tongue. That'd how they use 3000lb axles and stay legal.
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It seems that way, Milcop, but part of the trailer's weight is carried by the truck.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:39 PM   #10
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numbers/weights will drive you off the edge very quickly!!!
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