I personally am not too worried about door stickers per say. I will say overall, best to stay under the manufactures GAWR, GVWR unless like my navistar where the sum of the axels equals the gvwr, the gvwr is hokey IMHO. Like the c2500 axels total ust shy of 10K, my 3500 the axels total 13300 yet has a gvwr of 11400. BUT, I am legal to 14K per the WSP or any other city, county etc in the state of washington.
You nailed it Marty!
This is why I tell people to take OEM GVWR with a grain of salt - there's absolutely no reason why GVWR should be less than the sum of GAWRs, only marketing and legal reasons. This goes for light trucks as well as sedans / minivans and crossovers.
The GAWRs take into account ALL associated hardware, in terms of safety. Braking capacity, tire capacity, suspension & steering components, etc, are all designed around axle capacity. The powertrain is unaffected by the GVW, as they're already designed for much higher GCWR.
I agree. On my 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 4X4 the GAWR's are 3700 front and 3900 back (total=7600) but the curb weight is something like 5555 lbs. So one from the other gives 2045 lbs, NOT the advertised payload of 1240.
The warrenty is offered by the Manufacturer, not the dealer. Feel free to take their quote and shop it around at some other dealers.
I bought for my 2012 1500 Laramie with a UNLIMITED milage UNLIMITED time warrenty, with $100 deductable, for about $2800. I'm about 10 years from retirement, so this truck (loaded) will last me into retirement and then some. After that, I will only be able to afford bottom of the line, so I might as well protect it and keep it going as long as possible. The warrenty is transferable to the next owner.
Your truck is different, so expect different costs.
There are a lot of different extended warrenty programs, so when you shop it around, make sure you are comparing Apples to Apples. It would be easy for another dealer to quote you less money by quoting a different warrenty.
If you go with a extended warrenty, keep ALL your maintenance records.
Recently, I traded my 2011 2500 Chevy Duramax "hangar queen" in on a 2012 Ram 2500 6.7. CC. My Ram has as much if not more power than the 6.6 I had and equal milage. neither to be written home about. The Poster that said he gets 22 mpg empty on his 6.7 must be smoking some good stuff. JMHO No more Chevys for me.
He is driving a Diesel and he stated highway. I believe it. I'm getting 16.5 unloanded on 2012 Ram 1500 gasser and that's city driving. In eco mode at highway speeds, I should get 22-23.