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Old 07-05-2016, 07:13 AM   #1
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Actual vs Listed Weights??

My 4WD 2016 F-150 Lariat curb weight is listed as about 4900# but when recently weighed at a CAT scale it was 5500#.
My understandineg of "curb weight" is the weight of the vehicle and includes full fluids, including a full tank of gas. Even so, my actual condition when it was weighed was a little less than 1/2 tank and nothing else in the truck.
The reason I ask is we're considering a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as an option for a second toad but there seems to be no significant weight advantage.
Does anyone on the forum know the actual weight of their 4 door Wrangler?
My RV is rated for 5000# so I'm slightly over that rating. I don't think it's anything to get too worried about but would like to be towing a little less.
We may have to look at a regular 2 door Wrangler but their listed weight probably isn't accurate either.
Any info is appreciated.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:51 PM   #2
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I've read similar issues with Ford Focus. They come in actual over 3,000 lbs and list for a lot less. (Funny, I just checked the Ford website to get their actual listed weight...
It now says TBD )
I would bet the original weight listed was way under and they punted on it
Lesson learned? Get it weighed yourself. I am pretty sure if there is an accident or a warranty issue and it's related to weight the insurance company, police, other party is going to get it weighed for sure.
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Last time I researched manufacturer weights I learned that the "curb weight" that was published for a vehicle was based on the bare vehicle, with standard equipment but NO options. For pickup trucks, that was often a sandard cab, short bed, bench seat, smallest engine available, no rear bumper, etc.

A classic example: when Ford introduced the SuperDuty line of trucks back in 1999 they listed the curb weight of the F250 as around 5500 lbs (if I recall), but once people started buying them, and then getting them weighed, it was found that you could not buy an F250 that crossed the scales at less then 8500 lbs! Since they had a GVWR of 8800 lbs many owners were more than a little upset!

How did this happen? Well, Fordpublished the curb weight based on the 6 cylinder engine, manual transmission, standard cab with basic cloth upholstery on a bench seat, no radio, no AC, short bed, no rear bumper, etc. How many people actually bought that base model truck? You start throwing in options and the weight goes up quickly!
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Yep even now from what I can tell FORD nor GM post the different weights for the different levels of comfort, Ram has some info but not clear.
If you really want to get a better weight estimate, take it to a scale before you buy it. Do it on the test drive, If they won't let you then walk away.
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Check the yellow black sticker on drivers door or door jam. it is or will be within 20 lbs or so. This is on approx. 2005 and up, cars and trucks and trailers. Subtract the combined weight from the GVWR. to get the curb weight.
In this case 7650 minus 1593 lbs
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"curb weight" usually comes from a brochure or website, so is not specific to a vehicle and therefore may not have all trim or options included. For example, in this case it may not include the Lariat trim or the 4WD equipment. The manufacturer puts a curb weight on the Certificate of Origin for the vehicle, but it is not required to be all that accurate.

The method Dougsee3 describes works for newer vehicle that have those stickers. The federal tire and cargo capacity values are legally required to be within 100 lbs for that specific vehicle.
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