I have a 2000 Silverado 2500 with the ext cab and a short bed. The
stock GVWR is 2395. I'm looking at a couple of the Lance campers that
are designed for a short bed but I'm told they are suited only for the
HD version of my truck.
I suppose this is a good enough reason to start looking for another
truck but my camper usage will only be temporary. Therefore, I'm
looking for any inputs on upgrades that might allow me to safely
increase my load rating.
Thanks for any experience or suggestions people would be willing to
2395 GVWR must be a typo; the truck weighs considerably more than 2395,.
2395 may be the total payload. To Deuce, you might weigh the truck with a
full tank of gas any passengers you plan to carry with the camper, and all
planned luggage (food, ice, clothing,chairs, bikes, etc. etc. then get the
dry weight of the camper, add all known weights like fresh water capacity,
propane capacity, etc. add everything together and see what you come up with
for an estimated GVWR and compare it to the plate on the drivers side door
What ultimately determines true safe weight capacity is frame,
springs, tires and axles. If you have a 2000 3/4 ton new style
SIlverado, you have a LD 3/4 ton as HD models in 2000 were still old
style trucks. The older models had more springs in rear (more than
even newer 2500HD's) and had the old 14 bolt FF rear axle that itself
can handle about 4 tons. (as long as springs, frame and tires were up
to it too) If you have the 14 bolt semi floater (easily ID'ed by no
hubs sticking out through rims) it has a rated capacity of about 3
tons (again spring, chassis and tires permitting) As other poster
sated I think you are confusing GCC (Gross Cargo Capacity) with GVWR
(Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). Door sticker shold have GVW and GVWR
FRT (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Front Axle) and GVWR RR (Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating Rear Axle). These rating are based the rated
capacity limits of the weakest part on each axle (usually springs or
tires) It is possible to safely increase GVW or GAWR (GAWR is axle
capacity rating) a bit if you adjust/modify springs or tires as long
as you do not exceed the capacity of weakest element. Brake play a
role here too but 3/4 tons usually do not suffer from marginal brakes
so there is some room here. As a general rule, 3/4 tons have a lot
more reserve capacity avaible with some tweaking because unlike 1/2
tons whose ratings are usually limited by axle capacity, 3/4 tons have
more beef there to work with.
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