View Full Version : GVW questions

06-24-2009, 08:37 PM
I am looking at an 07 3500 stake body dump truck. The GVW is 11,200, which blows. The truck can only hold 1700lbs legally. Is there anyway to go through the state to have the truck registered at a higher GVW? Has anyone ever done this? I understand that the springs in the back will be upgraded to more heavier duty ones.


06-24-2009, 10:20 PM
A friend of mine attempted to do it. After he figured out all the costs associated with it, he decided just to buy a bigger truck. I think he wanted to go from 10,000 to 12,000 gvw and it was going to cost him like $3000 or something like that. Hope this helps.

Gravel Rat
06-25-2009, 12:35 AM
In B.C. we can register a truck with any GVW but I'am not sure how well that works with the DOT. Nobody can give you a straight answer. You can reggy a truck for 12,000lbs at the DMV but the door post sticker says 11,000lbs.

Now if you say the legal payload is only 1700lbs the tare weight is 9500lbs what is mounted on the truck to make it weigh that much empty.

A regular flatdeck dump on a 1 ton chassis shouldn't weigh anymore than 8000lbs empty.

The biggest weight adder is the chitty scissor hoist your looking at 400lbs of weak lifting power.

I really doubt you would have to beef up the rear springs. There are live haul seafood trucks here that are 3500 Chevy dually flatdeck trucks. These trucks have a water tank on them that holds the product thats full of water plus the weight of the tank. All said and done the trucks loaded with product plus the tanks etc the trucks are carrying easy 6000lbs.

The biggest problem is the brakes don't last long. I bet they are grossing atleast 16,000lbs.

Chevy/GMC screwed up big time nobody wants to buy a ugly 4500-5500 truck with a cheaply constructed cab. So everybody is running a overloaded 3500.

ProTouch Groundscapes
06-25-2009, 11:47 PM
license plate gvwr tags go in 4K increments. our chevy 1 ton dump carries a 14K sticker even though the trucks gvwr is 11,500.

it has an L pack with 8' crysteel dropside dump body and weighs approx 8500lbs with tools in the l pack and the dump bed empty. i try not to exceed 3 tons when im hauling materials. yes it exceeds the truck and plate weight limits, we put air bags and excellent tires on it, doesnt show the load it carries, but we do watch our braking distances.

Mini man
06-26-2009, 09:21 PM
I like my ugly cheap cab 5500! thanks very much!

Dirt Digger2
06-27-2009, 05:48 PM
i am pretty sure here in PA you just have to register your truck at a higher GVW...thats what those "PA Weight Class" stickers in the windshield are for...i know if you pull a trailer and your combined is higher then manufactures stickers then you need to upgrade your registration.....i am sure those nice folks down at the DMV can help you out..haha