I have a Ram 3500 and a 2014 Eagle HT 29.5 BHDS. I've pulled thousands of loads before, never been across a scale in any of them. If it pulled good, stopped good, and the tires weren't about to pop, should be good right
? No really, I always knew real close to what I was pulling weighed.
Anyway, We have an extended trip coming up in a month. I knew my truck would be way under weight, but I had no idea on the trailer weight. I was quite surprised to find the trailer so close to max GVWR loaded at what I thought was ''light''. We returned today from a 4 day stay, so on the way home I stopped by the CAT scale that's about 20 miles from home. Hopefully the numbers might be beneficial to others.
OK on to the numbers.
Truck is a 2013 model DRW 3500 4x4 laramie diesel. From the door panel, the Front GAWR is 6000lbs, Rear GAWR is 9750lbs, and GVWR is 14000lbs. The GCVWR is like 27000lbs I believe.
The Trailer is a 2014 29.5BHDS. It had all the options in 2014. It has 4400lb axles. I upgraded it to 16'' wheels and 10 ply LT Michelin XPS RIBS tires.
The GVWR is 9950 according to the yellow sticker. All tanks were dry and propane full.
Truck and trailer
That puts my pin weight at 1800lbs and a shade over 18%.
I thought I was in good shape for loading more stuff for my extended stay at first, my trailer axles had 8020lbs on them and they are rated for 8800lbs combined, but after figuring my trailer gross Im at 9820lbs of the 9950lbs allowed. So I have 130lbs left on the gross rating, and 780lbs left on the axles rating. I don't need the 780lbs, but I was hoping for at least a few hundred pounds for extra clothes and stuff.
Do you guys figure using the gross trailer rating, or axle rating? If I use the axle rating I will still be under weight. If I use the Gross I will be over a couple hundred pounds, but I really can't see that much being an issue. I figure the weak link was the factory tires, and that has been eliminated.
I guess I could put some belongings in the truck to stay under the Trailer gross, but I hate to crowd the kids on a long trip.
Any other input?