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Want to know about GVWR AND GCWR?

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Irish_Alley:
This is for those that want to use their truck like a truck and haul stuff that wont fit in the bed and the stuff that does fit in the bed
BASICS

GAWR= is the maximum distributed weight that may be supported by an axle of a road vehicle

GVWR=The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Typically you can find this sticker on the door

GVCW=The Gross Combination Weight Rating is the total allowable weight of the completely loaded vehicle and trailer

Tire load rating=The max weight limit PER tire

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=35

If your GCWR (trailer's WR +truck's GVWR) = over 26001 you NEED A CDL

This is for newer GM trucks but it carries the same Basic ideals for safe towing

https://my.gm.com/content/dam/gmownercenter/gmna/dynamic/manuals/2015/chevrolet/equinox/CH-CAT-10217126_MY15%20US%20Trailering%20Guide_122215.pdf


Your GCWR is biased off your engine/transmission and rear ratio combination. this means if you have a 4.3 with a 3.08 and auto trans your GCWR would be 8,500 lbs vs a 5.7 with 3.08 and auto it would be 10,000 again this is for the 88-98 style trucks but it should give you an ideal of where you should be. most the numbers are to keep your engine/trans cool and not cut their life short by working them too hard


Hitches

TRAILER CLASSIFICATION TYPICAL EXAMPLES TYPICAL GROSS TRAILER WEIGHT EXAMPLES TYPICAL HITCH TYPE

Light-Duty (I) Folding camping trailer, snowmobiles and personal watercraft trailers (trailer and cargo combined) Up to 2,000 lbs. gross trailer weight Weight-carrying hitch


Medium-Duty (II) Single-axle trailers up to 18 ft., open utility trailers and small speedboats 2,0013,500 lbs. gross trailer weight Weight-carrying hitch


Heavy-Duty (III) Dual- or single-axle trailers, larger boats and enclosed utility trailers 3,5015,000 lbs. gross trailer weight Weight-carrying hitch
or weight-distributing hitch


Extra Heavy-Duty (IV) Two-horse, travel and fifth-wheel recreational trailers 5,00110,000 lbs. gross trailer weight Weight-distributing hitch
 or fifth-wheel hitch


Maximum Heavy-Duty (V) Largest horse, travel and fifth-wheel recreational or commercial trailers 10,001 lbs.-and-above gross trailer weight Weight-distributing hitch, fifth-wheel hitch or gooseneck hitch


Working on getting a list of the GCW

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