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Old 08-03-2011, 10:14 AM   #15
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.....and I am sure this will spark a lot of discussion, there is no technical basis for the truck's GVWR rating.
As an engineer, blanket statements such as this make me wince!

From Dodge's technical application (body upfitter's) guide wherein the trailer tow ratings are contained:

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....Additionally, the GAWRs and GVWRs should NEVER (emphasis mine) be exceeded.
This is an engineering statement, not a marketing statement.


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As an engineer, blanket statements such as this make me wince!

From Dodge's technical application (body upfitter's) guide wherein the trailer tow ratings are contained:



This is an engineering statement, not a marketing statement.


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As an engineer, there is no technical data to support a specific GVWR. The Dodge statement is a legal statement, not an engineering statement. What is technically different between 4wd and 2wd to justify a higher GVWR equal to the added 4wd weight? Yrs ago both got the same GVWR and 4wd therefore hurt load capacity. 'Engineering ' solution to increase sales on higher profit 4wd, raise the GVWR. Another example is how GVWRs increased w/o any vehicle design change in order to move certain models out of the CAFE calculations.

If the front axle is rated to carry 'X' and the rear axle to carry 'Y' and there is no other restriction on where weight can be positioned in the vehicle, then there is no justification for a lower GVWR.
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Ron, rather than turn this into yet another weight thread harangue, at the end of the day, it's your money, your family and your choice. You can choose to run within the manufacturer's ratings or to ignore them. All I can do is to help you work through the numbers if you choose to run within the ratings. What you do from this point is up to you.

Best of luck to you on your decision.

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Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I appreciate the different perspectives. I am still looking around and discussing with DW. I hope to make a purchase in a few months.

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