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Old 10-19-2010, 09:32 PM
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These are two very important terms to live by. They can get you out of a lot of trouble if you are ever in an accident. If you are over weight and you get in a wreck and kill someone there will be consequences to pay. Trust me they will weigh your rig. Keep these two weight ratings in mind when deciding how much truck can tow.

GVWR – This stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. This number is usually on a sticker on the driver’s side door frame. This is the maximum that the vehicle should ever weigh, including a full fuel load, passengers, added accessories, etc. In short while moving down the road (by itself), the vehicle should NEVER exceed this number.

GCVWR – This stands for Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating. This is the maximum allowable weight of the vehicle as seen in the GVWR, plus any towed vehicle. So, if you have a 11,000 pound GCVWR and your vehicle weighs 6,000 fully loaded and ready to take off down the road, the towed load must not exceed 5,000 for a total of 11,000 pounds. You may say “but my truck has a 7,000 pound tow rating. Well, too bad. The GVWR and GCVWR trump whatever the manufacturer states as the tow rating. And yes, sometimes these rating do not jive. When in doubt, always go with the GCVWR and GVWR.


Hope this helps!
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