how to calculate GCWR?
I need to buy plates this week. Buying plates in Indiana is pretty much a B.O.H.I.C.A. affair. With me pulling commercially and DOT cracking down on everyone I figured it's time to "get right" and get the right weight class plate. I've been running 20,000 plates that are probably not enough. My truck weighs 8,700lbs full of fuel, clothes,the cooler full, with me and everything else in it ready to run for the week.
I very seldom pull anything over 11,000 lbs anyway but still need to buy the right plates as far as GCWR is concerned.
Dealership says 11,200 GVW for my truck and 13,500 GVW for a trailer (figured at a 11,300 dry shipping weight which is the max they said I should pull)would give me 24,700lbs GCWR. Does that sound right? I trust the info given on here more than what the dealer says.
Indiana offers 20,000 23,000 and 26,000lb plates, I need enough but don't want to spend the extra money for more than I need.
As far as actual weight vs GCWR, that seems like a crock. If I was to get an overweight ticket because I was over on the GCWR even though the actual weight was under that limit wouldn't that be like getting a speeding ticket just because my truck is "capable" of exceeding the speed limit? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]
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