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Old 01-01-2020, 03:57 PM   #1
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How to measure Gross Vehicle Weight on 5.0TA

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I want to make sure we are not exceeding the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, which is the axle weight + tongue weight. Do I measure this by parking and unhitching the trailer, to have the trailer on the scale only? I can't figure out any other way to measure the hitch weight in the bed, because if we measure the weight of the rear axle of our truck, we will also be measuring the weight of the rear of the truck. I think i want the weight of the trailer only for GVW. Am I thinking correctly?

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Old 01-01-2020, 07:22 PM   #3
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I want to make sure we are not exceeding the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, which is the axle weight + tongue weight.
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I think i want the weight of the trailer only for GVW. Am I thinking correctly?
Yes, the trailer's GVW is the weight of the trailer only.

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Do I measure this by parking and unhitching the trailer, to have the trailer on the scale only?
You can, but parking the trailer on the scale and unhitching may not be practical.

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I can't figure out any other way to measure the hitch weight in the bed, because if we measure the weight of the rear axle of our truck, we will also be measuring the weight of the rear of the truck.
The easiest approach, which doesn't involve unhitching on what may be a busy scale, is to
  1. take the whole rig (truck with trailer) through the scale,
  2. then park the trailer out of the way and take just the truck through the scale.
  3. The difference in truck+trailer and truck-only weights will be the gross vehicle weight of the entire trailer with contents.

From the same set of scale readings, assuming you get separate numbers for each axle or at least for the truck's axles from the trailer's axles, you can subtract the weight of the truck alone from the weight on the truck's axles while the trailer is attached to get the pin weight.
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Makes sense, thanks!
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