Most of the information is on the various labels and manuals that came with the
The GCWR is the tough one to find. I didn't know of its existence till ordered my
1996 Suburban. Even then didn't pay much attention to it till I bought into a
big boat partnership. It was over 8,500 lbs and more when the stuff tossed into it
Generically the GCWR is the TV CURB weight plus the MTWR. Then there are
a few other things you need to know that has already been mentioned. Like the
fact that they used a 150lb driver, the tow option and a 10% tongued trailer.
Don't know what they used for a Fiver based, but in the same direction, think
they used the lowest PIN percentage (normally they range from 20%-25%, so assume
the used a 20% PIN trailer).
I have a link for GM's media site, but don't know them for other badges. Maybe
someone will post a link for you
Here are some examples of the various labels on both the TV and Trailer
-Ben Picture of my rig
1996 GMC SLT Suburban 3/4 ton K3500/7.4L/4:1/+150Kmiles orig owner...
1980 Chevy Silverado C10/long bed/"BUILT" 5.7L/3:73/1 ton helper springs/+329Kmiles, bought it from dad...
1998 Mazda B2500 (1/2 ton) pickup, 2nd owner...
Praise Dyno Brake equiped and all have "nose bleed" braking!
Previous trucks/offroaders: 40's Jeep restored in mid 60's / 69 DuneBuggy (approx +1K lb: VW pan/200hpCorvair: eng, cam, dual carb'w velocity stacks'n 18" runners, 4spd transaxle) made myself from ground up / 1970 Toyota FJ40 / 1973 K5 Blazer (2dr Tahoe, 1 ton axles front/rear, +255K miles when sold it)...
Sold the boat (looking for another): Trophy with twin 150's...
51 cylinders in household, what's yours?...
2000 Ram 2500 towing specs It looks like you have a towing capcity around 12000 lbs with the big 8.0L. Want to stay under 10000 lbs loaded trailer.
A 6200 lb dry trailer will probably weigh around 7200 lbs loaded with options and gear.
7200 lbs x 13% tongue weight minimum percentage = 936 lbs of tongue weight.
You will need a weight distribution hitch to tow that much tongue weight safely. A. you don't want to exceed your receiver's capacity and B. you need to get the weight you'll remove back on the front end for better stability.
I'd recommend the 1200 lb bars with 10000 lb head.
THEN you need to set it up correctly and use good sway control, a whole other topic of discussion
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