Originally Posted by ALJO
I use a Weight Distribution Flow Chart with all my TV and TT or 5er weight ratings, if stopped by cops or DOT and they tell me I am overloaded I show this flow chart. Most of the time they are satisfied. But they are still in their right to take me to a scale.
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FYI, if you are stopped and weighed by the police or DOT they are only making sure that your vehicle is registered for the weights. Theoretically speaking I can register my Tundra for 8800 lbs and there is nothing the cops can do to me, so long as my GVWR is under 8800 lbs... even though Toyota rates it to 7200 lbs.
A flow chart means absolutely nothing to any certified truck inspector. It is a very simple process. The total weight on the 4 tires of your truck have to equal LESS than or EQUAL to what it is registered for. The total weight on all truck and trailer tires have to equal LESS than or EQUAL to what you are licensed to operate.
Manufacturer warranty ratings (ie GVWR stickers) do not come in to play when stopped and weighed by the police. Now... those ratings do matter if you are involved in a collision involving serious physical injury or death and a lawyer is trying to sue you for gross negligence. Even then, if you are 200 lbs over its hard to show gross negligence. If you are 1000 lbs over it becomes a lot easier to make that claim.