Originally Posted by Airdale
FR is not the only RV trailer manufacturer that has problems getting the correct information on their trailer’s certification labels.
I watch the recalls and how they are handled. And Tireman9 probably does to, because he mentioned the most common remedy for incorrect GAWR values on the certification label is to deduct what is needed from the cargo label to make it right. Then all they have to do is issue new certification & cargo labels.
Here is a NHTSA quote I often post about cargo. It’s from a NHTSA PDF.
“The FMVSS have requirements for the manufacturer to use proper tires and rims for the gross axle weight rating (GAWR). The manufacturer may determine the GVWR by adding cargo capacity (if any) to the curb weight of the vehicle as manufactured. The wise consumer, before purchase, will determine if the vehicle has sufficient cargo capacity to carry the weight of water, additional equipment (such as televisions, and microwave ovens), and luggage. The manufacturer’s certification label must show the GVWR. The GVWR must not be exceeded by overloading the vehicle. There is little the government can do to assist a consumer who has purchased a vehicle that has insufficient cargo capacity for its intended use.”
Thanks for the quote. So according to NHTSA if consumer bases their purchase decision on the various certification labels, the consumer is wrong to expect the RV to be able to actually carry the calculated capacity? What is a consumer suppose to do when making a purchase decision if not rely on the Federally Regulated and required cert labels?
Suppose an RV was delivered with labels indicating GVWR of 10,000# and GAWR of 4275#. Empty weight (not required on cert label) was 8000 leaving 2000# load capacity.
This puts 14.5% of TT weight on the ball. It is recommended that hitch weight be 10 to 15% of the trailer weight.
So then it is discovered the RV company actually used 3,000# axles and tires. So the NHTSA recall is covered simply with new stickers showing GAWR of 3,000 and of course the much reduced GVWR of maybe 8000 to 8,400# with a new load capacity of 0 to 400#.
Explain how the owner should respond? Will NHTSA say it was the buyer who made it incorrect assumption that the certification labels were correct and simply didn't do proper shopping?
Sorry I don't buy the "Fix" as appropriate if the error is much more than 100# especially if a buyer compares the certification lable number on similar RVs from a variety of different companies or maybe even from the same company.