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Old 10-17-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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GCWR for a 36FDDS '03

We have a 36' FDDS '03 coach. A discussion with the neighbor made me think about the coach's GCVR. We tow an '06 Silverado 4WD. Our hitch is rated for 10,000 lbs. I am pretty sure we don't have any problems, but I can't find the GCVW.

I've looked at the sticker inside the kitchen cabinet, the sticker inside the front slide (DS) and the riveted tag on the rail (under DS seat). No GCWR.

The tag on the rail has only the VIN. Between the two stickers only the GVWR. UVW, SCWR and CCC are given. The manual does not have the GCWR.

I would assume that once upon a time, the factory would had to have this information calculated in the normal process of designing a coach that would meet all the Federal Requirements.

Does anyone know if, in fact, this number ever existed and, better yet, does anyone know what it is?

I did a search on GCWR and read the four posts, but there was nothing that related to our coach.

Thanks for any help.


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Old 10-17-2012, 06:41 PM   #2
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Strange, I thought Federal law required the completed vehicle manufacturer to publish a GCVWR. Our 2002 DSDP has it I know.

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Old 10-17-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
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The brochure for your year shows GVWR as 31,000lbs and GCVWR as 41,000lbs. Looks like you can use all of that 10k hitch.

Brochures and lots of other information are available at the Alpine Tech Library.
The above post is just my experience/opinion which is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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Old 10-17-2012, 09:45 PM   #4
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Alpines are known for great weight carrying capacity (excepting the earliest Apexes that are heavy for the axle ratings), great tank capcities for great dry camping stretches, and great handling. Early models didn't have the 10,000lb hitch, but have the tanks & handling.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:23 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies.

The cabinet door and front slide show GVWR as 31,000 lb as daveshan noted. I looked at the brochure we have for our coach and didn't see the 41,000 lb number, but I'll look again. Heaven knows I looked at the other labels about a dozen times to make sure I wasn't missing something.

Like Mr_D, I really thought that the GCWR would/should have been listed.

I really appreciate the help I have received here. I will check out the tech library. I also thought I read somewhere on this forum that a Senior Guru lived in Placerville, which is up over the mountain and down the hill from where we live.

Thanks again for the help.

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