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32vld
06-17-2012, 10:38 AM
To help me stay under the 10,001 lbs DOT registration requirement what is the the trailer weight and trailer load ratings that will keep me at 10,000 lbs.

I will use my 01 GMC suburban for this premise GVWR is 7,200 lb.

GMC weighs 5,531 lb. If you have to include the weight of the driver then it would weigh 5,700 lb.

That leaves 4,300 lb capacity to tow.

If my trailer weighs 1,300 lbs then and is rated to carry a 3,000 lb load am I correct to say that I can carry a 3,000lb load in the trailer and not need a DOT number?

What if my trailer weighs 1,300 lbs then and is rated to carry a 4,000 lb load am I correct to say that I can carry a 3,000lb load in the trailer and not need a DOT number?

CLARK LAWN
06-17-2012, 11:39 AM
It goes solely by the GVWR. Does not matter what the actual weight is. If you truck is rated at 7200 and your trailerrated at 3000 then your GCWR is 10200.
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32vld
06-17-2012, 01:27 PM
Thanks. On the GMC website the 1500 Sierra 4wd, crew cab, short bed has:

GVWR 7,000 lb regardless of engine/rear options. So DOT numbers are not needed. Is that correct? Then no DOT number would be needed if the trailer was rated at 3,000 lbs, is that correct?

But even without a trailer they are all rated greater then 10,000 lb GCWR so even without a trailer they need a DOT number. Is that correct?

GCWR 4.8/3.42/11,000 lb

GCWR 5.3/3.08/12,200 lb

GCWR 5.3/3.42/15,000 lb

CLARK LAWN
06-17-2012, 02:38 PM
Don't go by the website, open the drivers door and look st the sticker. That's what the officer is going to go by
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32vld
06-17-2012, 06:00 PM
Wife's now at work with the suburban. All that I saw on the LF door stricker this morning was GVWR of 7,200. There was no GCWR listed.

knox gsl
06-17-2012, 06:43 PM
7200 + trailer gvwr
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