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Old 10-29-2018, 07:42 PM   #29
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Find out what the limiting factor is for each GAWR. If it's the tires, you can remedy that with higher load rated tires. More than likely GVWR is a combination of brakes, tires, transmission and axles. I would want to know what the limiting factor is before suggesting a way to gain load carrying capacity. In my case the front axle rating is 16,000#, but the tires can only carry 15,680#, so it has the lower rating for the weakest component.
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:38 PM   #30
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GVWR is based on any number of factors and determined by the manufacturer. My prior RV, 36 DP, Freightliner chassis- had a GVWR of 22,000# Front axle 8000 and rear 15,000. Tires had 3-400 lbs leeway above the axles... The weight limit was due to the Allison 1000 transmission which had the 22,000 pound limit.
It's very unlikely you will be weighed in an RV. but as mentioned several times, the extra weigh affects handling, braking distance and overall wear. How much over and for how long before something gives..
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If you can get separate weights for the left and right side of each axle (aka corner weights), that will be even more helpful in terms of how to pack your RV for the best weight balance.
For instance, my passenger side front corner weight is lighter than the drivers side by about 600 pounds, and the total front axle weight is 2,200 pounds under GAWR so I have some leeway to pack heavier items towards the right front of the coach. The rear axle is the opposite and the tag axle is about even left to right.
I was a bit surprised to find my coach with a full tank of diesel fuel, full fresh water, plus passengers and cargo came in at 9,000 pounds under the 44,100 pound GVWR. Knowing the axle weights allowed me to reduce the air pressure in the tires yielding a softer ride.
Hopefully once you get weighed you'll have a pleasant surprise as well.
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