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#1 Wrinklie44



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Posted 14 April 2015 - 12:17 AM

Opinions, please, about driving a vehicle that is over the gross vehicle weight rating.

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#2 Bill D

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 12:36 AM

You may want to look at this thread.  Plenty of opinions shared within it.



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Posted 15 April 2015 - 02:22 AM

My 2 cents - 

In my case I'm over  about 6% of the time (20 days divided by 360 days). ...And I am only over by about 700 pounds.

I down shiift the automatic transmission to save brake wear.


What percentage of the time are you over gross?  and by how many pounds?

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 03:55 PM

You didn't state how far over GVWR you are, so it is hard to advise.  I want to have margin in my life when possible, that's why I bought a 3/4 ton for my Grandby.  If running an over GVWR rig, you can add margin by going slower, maintaining more braking distance and being very attentive where a kid or a deer (or a skunk) can dart out in front of you.


One rule you should not violate: Do not go over your tire weight rating!.  Bad things can easily happen.

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 08:44 PM



One rule you should not violate: Do not go over your tire weight rating!.  Bad things can easily happen.



That is IMO the best thing to keep in mind. And tire inflation to proper #'s.


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 11:39 PM

What kind of truck do you have?  I can't tell from your pictures.


It's a complicated math problem.  In short, you can get away with being 700 pounds overweight on a one ton or 3/4 ton.  700 over on a  half ton, Dakota, or Tacoma is a different story, and not a good one. 


I have had 4 different truck/camper combos the past 14 years.  Feel free to drop me a PM since I am not on this forum often.

Edited by whizbang, 02 May 2015 - 11:39 PM.

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