Originally Posted by TDI-Minnie
There are a lot of numbers and ratings. The trick is to find the lowest limiting factor.
Good stuff and sage advice.
A really good way to figure out the lowest limiting factor is look on the door pillar for the GAWR and GVWR. Who best to know what was installed on the truck than the manufacturer. After all they know for sure if the same axle is installed in every vehicle or if there are some substitutions.
IMO manufacturers tend to overstate more often than understate.
Picture this: The marketing folks go into the CEO office and saying "those other manufacturers are killing us. Their ratings are way above ours and the sales figures for the last quarter are down xx%."
The CEO calls a meeting with the marketing, engineering, the accountants and company lawyer.
"Folks, marketing is telling me that sales are way down, the competitions ratings are more than ours and we need to respond".
"Engineering what can you do to get our ratings close to theirs. Better yet we need to be well above theirs to get our market share back."
Engineering: "Well we can source some stronger parts, that will add to the weight and our costs will go up a bit but it is quite doable."
Accounting: "That means we will have to cut some of the standard features or raise prices. We could possibly try to get the third party suppliers to give us the better product for the same price but they say they are at their limit. We are priced competitively so a price raise will not do us any favors in the market. What about a smaller safety factor?"
Lawyer: "As long as we state the limits of the truck it will be difficult to successfully sue us if someone overloads their vehicle and has an accident. This is not like a public bridge where the owner has no control over how the infrastructure is loaded. We just say that the vehicle owner overloaded the vehicle beyond the published specifications."
CEO: "OK bring our rating to just below the safety factor and see what that gives us. We cannot continue to lose market share. I do not want to explain market share loss to a bunch of angry shareholders at the next general meeting."
Probably does not happen like this in the real world as we know the manufacturers are all about looking after our safety and well being. There is a certain CEO explaining to Congress why they did not upgrade an ignition switch for about $9 that they knew for several years was defective.