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sranderle

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We're looking into a possible truck camper to replace our current teardrop style trailer.

I visited a dealer this weekend, and we were talking about payload. I know that this is important when it comes to truck campers. They stated that the sticker on the driver's door jamb is not the true payload. They said to add up the front and rear GAWR, and substract the weight of the truck (full tank of fuel, no tailgate, empty).

I've heard this same formula before. On my current truck, that would give me 680# over the GVWR.

I'm looking to the community to see if this is accurate or not. The dealer was definitely not trying to sell me anything.

Thanks for your insight!

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The sticker is theTRUE payload. The ONLY number backed up by the manufacturer. Find a new dealer.


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Posted: 10/27/19 04:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The listed payload is the payload.


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My new Chevy has a max 3800 pounds for each axle but that isn’t the payload...1712...and it isn’t the max truck weight...7000.

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Everyone knows that salesemen are trustworthy and give accurate information.

You're safe to ignore the manufacturer's weight rating and go by what the salesman says. Better yet take the advice of a complete stranger on the internet who says it's OK to overload the truck.

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Do whatever works for you... We can say what we say on this forum and your sales guy can say what they say to make a sale...

From there, it's whatever you decide to put on the back of your truck and what YOU feel comfortable with...

Not what a bunch of goofs on the interweb think or the goof trying to make a sale... [emoticon] [emoticon]

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azdryheat wrote:

The listed payload is the payload.


While we do have people here who advocate overloading, this is the best advice.


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You never stated what the door jam listed as the payload weight.


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What is your TV? The axle ratings only exceed the GVWR by 680#?
My 2001 Ram 2500 the axles exceeded the GVWR by 2,484#. Our 2016 Ram 3500 DRW the axles exceed GVWR by 1,750#.
The othe thing wrong with that theory is it is hard to balance the load so you max out both axles at the same time. Many with 5th wheels use the rear axle GAWR to determine how much pin they can carry, because a 5er doesn’t add much if any to the front axle.


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I'm one of those people who look at axle ratings and not necessarily GVWR.
I had my camper on a 2500 Chevrolet for 80k miles. 1200lbs over the gvwr. But under the tire and axle ratings.

The same camper is now on a 3500 dually, 2800lbs more rating and still 200 lbs over.

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