We found that exact statement in the glove box of our 2012 Dodge 3500 CC dually. Freaked us out! We bought the truck specifically to haul our Adventurer 910 FBS. Called Dodge as dealer was confused too, talked to everyone here...picked it up anyway and love the combo. Our TC fully loaded is about 4300 lbs. We are not above our wts and it hauls like a dream.
It does make one wonder though, why they don't put the info on the website when researching or building a truck. We traded a wonderful 1 ton SRW for the dually for the extra peace of mind only to find that notice.
2011 Adventurer 910FBS,Torklift tie downs,Fastguns & Wobbl-stopprs
2012 Dodge 3500 DRW 6.7L CTD, 4x4, LB,CC,6 speed auto,3.73 axle, General 17" on/off road
2008 Lund 1825 Explorer Sport,115 Merc,9.9 kicker,Torklift Super Hitch,42" Supertruss
USAF ret E-9&E-7
I had a 2002 Dodge CTD 6 speed tranny Quadcab Ram 2500 with a factory installed "Camper Package". The glove box had the same disclaimer so I wrote to Chrysler and asked. They said the extra springs and anti sway bars were NOT for a camper but to aid in stability of the truck. When I asked why they had a "Camper Package" there was no answer. I think the lawyers got a hold of the book before it went to the printers.
2011 Palomino Maverick 1000SLLB on a 2004 Dodge Quadcab CTD Ram3500 SRW long bed equipped with Timbren springs, Stable Load bump stops, Rickson 19.5" wheels/"G" range tires and a Helwig "Big Wig" rear anti sway bar.
2008 250 Super Duty has no warnings on it at all other than " Not to be used as an Ambulance"...I got sick of paying the registration on this GVW so re-registered it this year at GVWR 9,999 state police scaled me DW and cargo headed out to elk hunt at 7539 lbs, leaving my legal cargo at 2,460...
I could not get a snow plow pkg AND a camper pkg on the same shorted truck so have snowplow pkg and added leaf and coils. the same coils we run on the baby dumptrucks that plow vermont highways,
there are only a handful of common sense things you need to consider when loading a truck of any kind, axle ratings, Gross weight rating ( registered weight), HANDLING, and how many cup holders there are.
Oddly enough the number of cup holders and what they are holding will determine more than anything else how far, where and how well you travel the back country.
UPFITTER switches are fantastic!! the guy who thought them up for the SD is a genius....
When Seconds count, the cops are only Minutes away!
Even the 2008-2010 F450 Pickup rating, although not close to the CC, aren't bad either. F450 Crew Cab Math (the last line is what it boils down to):
Tires / Dually spec: 23000 lb.
Axel spec: Fr / Rear = 7000 / 11000 = 18000 lb
Axel Vehicle rating w/ camper package: Fr / Rear = 6500 / 9500 = 16000 lb
Total GVWR rating: 14500 lb
"Combined weight of occupants and cargo should not exceed" sticker inside door: 5411 lbs
Interesting , why are the axle ratings lower with the camper package , or is that a typo ?
No typo. Without the camper package the Fr GAWR is 6000 lb. Rear GAWR remains at 9500 lb. The GVWR remains at 14500 as well. (I suppose the axel specs are higher than the rating for margin)
2010 F450 Lariat 6.4L 4X4 DRW 4.30LS 14500# GVWR. Camper Package. Torklift Tie downs Fast Guns Magnum Hitch Super Truss Extension Stable Loads Air Bags
2010 Lance 1191 Winter Package Onan Gen Dual Pane Windows
2006 Tige 22ve Wakeboard Boat
If you look at ANY truck, the combined axle specs are ALWAYS higher than the GVWR.
The reason is, weight transfer. If you load a truck to its axle capacity front and rear on the level, then go up a hill, some weight will transfer to the rear axle and overload it. Go down a hill, and you overload the front axle.
Your truck is designed so that when loaded to GVWR in a "typical" fashion, you can go up and down "typical" hills without causing an overload to either axle.
2002 Chevy 3500 DRW 8.1L/Allison
2000 Palomino B1500
...and the reason why I need a DRW to haul a Palomino:
2004 United 7x14 tandem axle enclosed toy trailer
2011 PJ 8x20 7-ton deckover equipment trailer