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Old December 13th, 2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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Default Determining combined gvwr with truck and home made trailer.

I had some one ask me this the other day and i didn't really know what to say. I understand with a factory built truck/trailer you can easily add up weight ratings but how does it work with homemade trailers? My assumption would be that it goes off of the weight rating of the axle used....however that information is not always available.

I have looked around and not come up with definitive answers....any body have any idea or info?
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Old December 13th, 2012, 11:49 AM   #2
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Tires rating may be the lowest rating.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 12:08 PM   #3
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With my setup my trailer is home made 2500 and under.....it just barely squeaks under 2500...axles are twin 4500lb units....tires are 8 ply and total somewhere just over 10k iirc.....so i would assume my trailer has a gvwr of 9k since that is the axle limit but i guess i don't reall know.
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The 2500 is the empty weight used for plating purposes
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Do believe axle rating only, dont know for shur and the lenght of tongue might factor in too
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It would be determined by the lowest rated component of the trailer. Coupler, axle, or tires.

If it is a single axle trailer, with no brakes, the rating would be 2999, considering anything over 3k must have brakes.
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load it till it breaks then subtract 30%
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