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Old 01-25-2016, 07:50 PM   #15
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Take the weight of the truck on a set of scales subtract that from the total GWRW of the truck and that is the weight it can legally haul.
The truck makers door tag GVWR isn't used in any legal sense for how much weight a truck can legally carry.
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The truck makers door tag GVWR isn't used in any legal sense for how much weight a truck can legally carry.
In our jurisdiction if the transport officer feels you are overloaded they can use any of the specifications applicable. They are allowed to check the tire size capacity and the manufacturers specifications on the door pillar.
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:37 AM   #17
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1500HD-LS 1500HD-LT
GVWR 8,600 8,600
Payload 3,094 3,094
Max Trailer Weight 10,200 10,200
GCWR 16,000 16,000
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:40 AM   #18
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Here ya go.

2003 Chevy~~~~~1500HD-LS~~1500HD-LT
GVWR~~~~~~~~~~8,600~~~~~8,600
Payload~~~~~~~~~3,094~~~~~3,094
Max Trailer Weight~~10,200~~~10,200
GCWR~~~~~~~~~~16,000~~~16,000
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Thanks Maverick,

My manual does state with 3.73 trailer weight show 8,200
4.10 show 10,200

appericate the help everyone!
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The biggest limiting factor to carrying weight are the tires and rims on the vehicle
That's your opinion. You won't find many chassis engineers, or engineers of any kind, that will agree with that opinion.
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I agree with Smokey. Tires and rims are easiest to visually check. Just load it till the tires squash!!! LOL

However most of us have very little idea about what goes on underneath. And certainly most do not consider or have any idea of the fatigue factors that are happening as the vehicle ages.
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Old 01-29-2016, 10:24 AM   #22
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Towing capacity is the total weight of the vehicle you can tow.

Payload is how much weight, including of the trailer, that your vehicle can handle. Passengers, pets, fuel, firewood, gennie, gas, *and* trailer tongue weight.

One place to look is the door sticker.

Also look in your Owners Manual.

If you don't know what the weight of just your pickup truck is in going camping mode, you'll need that too at some point.
Not all together so. The payload of a truck has nothing to do with a trailer. Payload is the weight the truck can carry over the curb weight on it's own axles. To find the real payload of any truck. Take it to the scales EMPTY. Weight it, and subtract that weight from the GVWR. The answer to the math will be the actual payload of the truck. Meaning that is what the truck can carry fully loaded. BTW. the GVWR is also the weight the truck brakes are designed to stop.
Now IF you are going to tow a trailer. The only weight / part of the trailer that the truck carries. Is the tongue weight. You must add that to the truck, and just like everything else in the truck. That weight uses part of the payload. However. The rest of the trailer does not. It is part of the GCVWR. And again. the trucks brakes are NOT rated to stop the GCVWR. that is what the trailer brakes do. They stop everything over the GVWR.
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Not all together so. The payload of a truck has nothing to do with a trailer.
Tongue weight has everything to do with payload. Thanks for the clarification.
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Tongue weight has everything to do with payload. Thanks for the clarification.
I'm thinkin we agree. Because. tongue weight "can" use all of a truck's payload.
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