# Towing capacity question?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Z-master man, Apr 18, 2010.

1. ### Z-master manLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Central MainePosts: 434

Ok guys my parents have a 2009 GMC 2500HD ext cab short bed 6.0 gas and it will be mine once I get my license. My question is it says it rated to tow 10,400lbs with the 3.73 rear end and 12,400 with the 4.10. We have the 3.73. Now does this mean subtract the truck weight from the 10,400lbs and whats left is what your trailer+load can weigh total? Or does it mean when I back up to a trailer the total trailer+load can weigh 10,400lbs?

2. ### ClassicLawnCareIncLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Salisbury MdPosts: 737

That means that you can tow 10,400 lbs regardless of how much your truck weighs.

3. ### Z-master manLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Central MainePosts: 434

So when I back up to a trailer the trailer and its load alone can weigh 10,400lbs?

4. ### GreenwithEnvyLawnLawnSite Memberfrom IndianaPosts: 21

Towing and payload are different. I have the same truck only the 07 version and it will tow 10,400. The max Gross combination weight rating is 16,000 lbs. So basically you can tow the 10,400 lbs and haul about 3,500 in the bed at the same time.

5. ### Z-master manLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Central MainePosts: 434

Oh ok thanks for clearing it up my dad (been a truck driver for 30 yrs) kept trying to figure it out and we thought it meant between the truck and trailer the total weight could only be 10,400..

6. ### ClassicLawnCareIncLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Salisbury MdPosts: 737

The 10,400 is the max your truck can tow legally.

7. ### zabmasonryLawnSite Senior Memberfrom C. VTPosts: 314

Check your Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR), that is the maximum that your loaded truck and trailer combination can weigh.

Also check your axle ratings (FAWR and RAWR), you can't exceed those, regardless of where, or what your load is.

And finally, I strongly suggest that you make sure that you trailer is registered under 10,000 pounds, otherwise you need a Class A CDL.

All of this is more contingent on your desired level of legality. If you are just doing lawn care locally, I probably wouldn't concern myself with this that much. But . . . .

8. ### Z-master manLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Central MainePosts: 434

Ya I was just wondering cause even though I'll use it for lawns and landscaping we use it for towing tractors, etc. THANKS GUYS!

9. ### CLARK LAWNLawnSite Silver Memberfrom youngstown, ohioPosts: 2,526

WRONG!!! if you are going to quote law then maybe you should know what you are talking about.

You need a Class A CDL when the GCWR is over 26,000 provided the GVWR of the trailer is over 10,000.

you can rate it at whatever you want, the inpectors are going to go by the mfg weight rating.

with a 3/4 ton truck and a 10,400 trailer your GCWR is 20,000+/- so no CDL needed.

10. ### ajslandsLawnSite Silver MemberPosts: 2,238

Why would the government ticket something they own 60% of?

That's like a state police officer giving a ticket to a FBI agent.
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