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Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 4 seasons lawn&land, Aug 18, 2008.
while your towing 7k?
What year, make, model, specs? Also, the tongue weight of the trailer will affect the capacity that's left for other things.
07 Chev. Silvey 2500HD, tow capacity-20k is the only stat i know of hand.
Legally, it depends.
You don't want to exceed the gross vehicle weight limit of the truck. Loaded truck weight (including the passengers) + the trailer tongue weight = what you have left over to put in the bed. Provided that you haven't exceeded the gross combined weight of the truck and trailer. Which with a 7000lb trailer, you shouldn't have to worry about that part of it.
For example. Say an older F250 with a GVW of 8800 lbs with a gas engine. With you in it, let's say it weighs 7200lbs and the tonque weight of the trailer is 1000lbs. Bringing the total to 8200 lbs, leaving you about 600lbs to work with. If it was a diesel, the number might be next to nothing.
Some 3/4 tons might have a GVW of 10k, leaving you a whole lot more room to work with. The numbers you need to figure it out should be on the door tag.
The information will be on the door. and legally that is all that can be carried. If you have aftermarket equipment added or run the tires higher it may carry the laod, but if not certified on the door label you are able to be ticketed.
Hook your trailer up. Drive to a scale. Weigh the truck only, but with trailer hooked up. Look at the door sticker. Subtract the truck's actual weight (with you in it and trailer hooked up) from the truck's gross vehicle weight as listed on the door sticker. That number is how much weight you can put in it.
Can they give you a ticket if your overweight? Or, the scale guys have nothing to do with it?
As much as you want!