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It's like this. You have four major weight ratings. Two of which come into play on an F250.
GVWR is the max amount that the four wheels on the truck can weigh. So, if you have an f250 that weighs 7,000lbs dry, you can add 1800lbs of extra weight to the truck (cargo, passengers, fuel, and the force from the trailer pin weight). Because the GVWR of an f250 is 8800lbs.
GCWR is the maximum amount that the truck and its trailer can weigh. On an F250 this is 20,000 lbs. GCWR-GVWR=MAX TRAILER WEIGHT (11,200lbs)
The other two ratings are axle ratings. You wont really have to worry about these on a 3/4 ton truck. On a gooseneck trailer pin weight runs between 14% and 20% of the trailer weight, so if you have the same 7000 lb truck, the most your pin weight can be is 1800lbs - (cargo, passengers, fuel). So realisticly lets say 1400 lbs. A 1400lb pin weight is about a 9500lb trailer.
On a 3/4 ton you're going to hit the GVWR long before any other rating on the truck, ESPECIALLY with a diesel.
I think I'm blabbing now... if you have questions let me know... Sorry for the long post.
I can't imagine we'd be welcome at hooters very long if there was a bunch of half drunk guys in the back sitting around whistling and humming trying to make the perfect 7.3 turbo noise...
2003 F250 XLT-Sport(7.3) 4x2 CCSB - Sonic Blue
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Last edited by partsguy84823; 12-09-2010 at 09:29 PM.