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The 2020 Jayco Grayhawk has a GVWR of 14,500 lbs

Does this include the towing capacity of 7,500 lbs

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Posted: 12/31/20 02:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GVWR is how much the Jayco can weigh, including any weight applied to the hitch by what's being towed, but not including the weight of the trailer. The GCWR is the limit of what the Jayco and trailer can weigh together.


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No, it doesn't.

The "gross combined weight rating" (GCWR) would be the maximum the RV and the towed vehicle can be.

But the "gross vehicle weight rating" (GVWR) is the maximum that the RV itself is designed to carry. When you're towing, there is often "tongue weight" or the amount of weight the towed vehicle pushes down on the rear of the RV. With towing 4-down, I think this isn't a thing. But a tow dolly or trailer would have some.

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With trucks they confuse you with "towing capacity" as being the weight of the trailer, but also they have a weight rating for the truck's towing receiver. In some cases, the truck could pull more than the "bumper" receiver is rated for.

With the Class C at 7,500 probably the receiver can do more than that, but check its rating too.

Watch out for their other trick, which is to use a truck with a high GCWR, and then use their lightest weight truck to get the most trailer weight so they can brag about that. You have to weigh your own truck (much heavier) to know what "your" towing capacity really is out of "your" GCWR.

If they used an unloaded Class C instead of one ready to go camping loaded to the max, then you might get the same thing happening.

The "tongue weight" of the trailer on the hitch at the back bumper becomes a greater weight on the back tires with the leverage. So watch for that too, because it is your weight rating for them that counts as well. Trucks have a little drawing and show how to do that calculation for a snowplow up front adding to the weight on the front tires. You can do the same math for the back.


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I suggest you hold off on purchasing a trailer or tow vehicle until you fully understand these numbers.


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A GVWR of 14,500 pounds would indicate the Ford chassis, which has a GCWR of 22,000 pounds.


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Equally import if towing a trailer , take your trailer to a scale and know what the real loaded for a trip tongue weight is.
A lot of people get a big surprise by how much their trailer tongue weight really is.

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yellowgoode wrote:

The 2020 Jayco Grayhawk has a GVWR of 14,500 lbs

Does this include the towing capacity of 7,500 lbs

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Nope. Look for the GCWR rating which is the maximum COMBINED weight for the RV and anything you want to tow.


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GCWR is short for Gross Combined Weight Rating and applied to the total weight of the loaded tow vehicle and the total weight of the loaded trailer when they are "combined".

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the maximum weight of the loaded RV along with the weight applied to the hitch by the trailer's tongue.

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