I never really understood exactly how to weights worked with what I had read vs heard. I've gotten to know the guys at the scale house I have to sometimes pass and told them about my new Chevy 4500 and they told me to bring it by, that they would weigh and measure it, then tell me what I could carry. Well I did a couple days ago and was really surprised. All this debating I did before about an aluminum vs steel bed........doesn't matter. Truck with bed weighed in at just over 12,000 lbs. The sticker on the door is 17,500......interestingly my title says 19,500 but thats an error. So I said, okay I can haul 5,500 lbs but ya'll explain what you were talking about before. THey said the 17,500 means nothing buy determining CDL status. I said okay then, what can I haul? Measured center of hub to center of hub........whatever that distance was they told me I was allowed 20,000 lbs per axle. I said what!?!?!?!? That would be a 28,000 lb payload.........14 tons is more then that truck can possibly handle. They said yes but if I were to tag it that high, I technically would be legal to gross 40,000 lbs although they don't suggest it and I agreed. The truck is actually tagged at 29,500 lbs so I've got plenty of room to work with but I was really taken back by that. So, my International (RIP) being under CDL at 25,500.....I can weigh as much as 40,000 lbs and be legal. Now, once I weigh more then 26,000 lbs I would need a Class B CDL. This was great news to me as I was limited to 9,000 lbs before hitting 26,000 before although I knew the truck wouldn't have a problem handling a few more. Now, this is STRICTLY a surprising/informative post. Don't come back telling how I better not load this and that........duh, I'm not stupid. I was just really surprised that I can weigh in that much and be legal. Its great for when I've got another International on the road to be able to haul that little extra bit. *State of VA.........and not a crack head that explained everything to me.