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Old 09-22-2014, 10:31 PM   #1
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GCWR ratings & limitations

I have a '14 RAM CC DRW 6.7L 4x4. We just sold our truck camper 'cause the DW wants her 5er again. Looking seriously at the 36RL.

I live in CA but the unit will be registered in AZ. Have a house there also. The RAM is very heavy due to a 70 gal replacement fuel tank, xtra overload springs, and 5th wheel tool box.

In CA I have to get a Class A endorsement on my DL for anything over 15000#. It's actually worse in AZ since they require that the GVWR of the Truck and 5ver be added to not exceed 26000# or else a true CDL is required. It is conceivable that my GCW could exceed 26,000 with the RW 36RL.

My question is what kind of problems, if any, have the users had with any on the road weigh stations or traffic stops where the officer checks the GVWR of both the tow vehicle and the RV.
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:46 PM   #2
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12 states, 7,000 miles since May. No issues at all. I am heavy, right at 26,000 GCW.
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:12 PM   #3
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None here - but I don't get out some some of the full timers.

I'm 26,300 - and technically should not exceed 45 mph on some of the mountain passes as I learned this year by passing a sign on Wolf Creek.
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:24 PM   #4
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I have mine loaded down to 26,500 and I haven't had any problems at all. I've been almost coast to coast. Don't stop at weight stations unless your told to.
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Old 09-23-2014, 01:04 AM   #5
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We are below 24,000 lbs and have completed 10,000 miles up and down the West Coast and completely across country. Been through CA & AZ and never been stopped or asked to go to a weigh station.
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:16 AM   #6
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Same here. I'm at 26,400 and have towed over 13,000 miles and never been looked at. To my knowledge, RV's are not required to stop at weigh stations.
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Old 09-23-2014, 03:28 AM   #7
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Same here approx 26500 give or take a little, depending on what we have packed. Left Florida in early May, Been across the Northern States, up to Alaska, down the West Coast, now traveling around the South West and have never been checked. Plus, weight is not included on Florida Reg for the RW and the TV is Reg'd at 14999 Lbs, and I have removed the sticker from the side of the RW since RW would not issue me a new one to account for the increased capacity of the Mor/ryde IS.
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:05 AM   #8
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Many thanks for all of your inputs. I'm uncomfortable pushing the limits. I'll just have to play dumb. I won't have to work very hard doing that.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:20 AM   #9
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You should be within limits. Rear axle GAWR is 9,750 and you should come in around 7,500. GCWR is 30,000 and you should be prox 26,500.
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Old 09-23-2014, 01:43 PM   #10
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I've been hauling 5th wheel RV's since the late 1980's and I haven't been stopped once for a weight check, our travels include an annual trip across the US from Canada and back and have included trips down the pacific coast of Mexico (where we've been stopped for other kinds of checks!).

I have heard that in British Columbia the police are stopping RVers and checking vehicle weights, but I believe that they are looking for folks with the truck's GCWR lower than what they are hauling (i.e: overloaded). It makes sense in the Rockies.

Andy can confirm.
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