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GVWR What is it.. I know it is about wt, but that's all.

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Gross vehicle weight rating.


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Gross vehicle weight rating.

Assuming you are pulling a trailer you will have gvwr for TV and TT.
You will have GCVWR which is Combined weight.


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Basically it is the maximum weight your vehicle can weigh including itself, all passengers, cargo, gas, water, food, clothes, tongue weight, and anything else supported by the tires and axles.


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Here's a rundown of the weight ratings:

GAWR -- gross axle weight rating, the maximum weight that the axle and its suspension is designed to support. There would be a separate GAWR for each axle.

GVWR -- gross vehicle weight rating, the maximum weight on all the axles of the vehicle added together. This may be (and usually is) less than the sum of the GAWRs.

GCWR -- gross combined weight rating, the maximum total weight of the vehicle and and any towed trailers or cars or whatever.

If you have a trailer, the tongue weight would get included along with the weight of the vehicle and occupants and cargo against the GVWR. The total trailer weight is included against the GCWR.

A trailer hitch also has a weight rating (the maximum weight of a trailer that may be connected to it) and a tongue weight rating.





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FAQ Link at top of Beginning RVing----Terminology


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The key word in all of these is rating,
This is not what the vehicle actually weighs, but the maximum that it can weigh.
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All true answers. It is what the manufacturer warrants the vehicle to weigh. Going over the GVWR is NOT illegal, but "can" void the warranty.

Having said that. I do not advocate carrying more than the manufacturer rating. they spent lot of time, and money figuring the weights the vehicle can carry with out damaging it. But a 100lb here or there will not cause the vehicle to explode.


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BarneyS wrote:

The key word in all of these is rating,
This is not what the vehicle actually weighs, but the maximum that it can weigh.
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Popcorn time!
The definitions are correct, however, it is not the max amount a vehicle "can" weigh. It is the rated max weight for a given class of vehicle. Some vehicles are much closer to being actually overloaded, when at their gvwr, than others.
3/4 ton trucks are the classic example of this. They have relatively low gvwr for their apparent capabilities, being basically the same as their 1ton single wheel counterparts, they typically have minor rear suspension differences, but the gvwr is limited to that of a class 2 truck, mostly for regulatory purposes. Essentially 2 identical trucks save for factory rear suspension capability can be configured that have almost 2500lbs difference in gvwr. Some older models were actually the same truck literally with a lighter classification assigned by the mfg.
To keep the weight cops here in check, I'll add that caution should be taken in exceeding gvwr. One should know what they are dealing with before doing so.


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