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Old 05-27-2016, 09:48 AM   #1
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Total weight and tow weight question!

How do you know what your max weight can be for not just the skoolie but the weight of the trailer/car it will be towing? I'm assuming the weight my skoolie can be will be different when I add a car behind it
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:05 AM   #2
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not sure if im right or wrong, but this is what i went by.

weight rating of the front axle + the weight rating of the rear axle - the actual weight of the bus.

my bus was something like front 10,000 + the rear 18,000 = total 28,000. minus the bus so...rated for 28,000gvw - the scale weight 20,000 = 8000lbs to tow. i dont think you'd want to exceed the capabilty of the bus suspension.

like i said, not sure if its right or wrong.... just what i did.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:10 AM   #3
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not sure if im right or wrong, but this is what i went by.

weight rating of the front axle + the weight rating of the rear axle - the actual weight of the bus.

my bus was something like front 10,000 + the rear 18,000 = total 28,000. minus the bus so...rated for 28,000gvw - the scale weight 20,000 = 8000lbs to tow. i dont think you'd want to exceed the capabilty of the bus suspension.

like i said, not sure if its right or wrong.... just what i did.
Thank you! It makes sense to me so well go with that until otherwise haha!
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See if you can find a sticker on your bus that gives the "GCVW" rating. That is the maximum combined weight for the bus and any load including the trailer. The axle info will help you figure out how to distribute the load front to rear. You will also want to balance your load from side to side and although this info isn't on the weight sticker, you can weigh things you are putting in your bus on a bathroom scale and distribute accordingly. Jack
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See if you can find a sticker on your bus that gives the "GCVW" rating. That is the maximum combined weight for the bus and any load including the trailer. The axle info will help you figure out how to distribute the load front to rear. You will also want to balance your load from side to side and although this info isn't on the weight sticker, you can weigh things you are putting in your bus on a bathroom scale and distribute accordingly. Jack
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See if you can find a sticker on your bus that gives the "GCVW" rating. That is the maximum combined weight for the bus and any load including the trailer. The axle info will help you figure out how to distribute the load front to rear. You will also want to balance your load from side to side and although this info isn't on the weight sticker, you can weigh things you are putting in your bus on a bathroom scale and distribute accordingly. Jack
Took a puddle-jumper plane once and they weighed the passengers, too: odd thing - everyone else was seated on the other side.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:21 PM   #7
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The weight of the towed vehicle is not necessarily on the bus axles but it will affect the powertrain and will need to be considered when installing a properly rated tow hitch. What you end up with is called the GCWR or gross combined weight rating which encompasses the bus the towed vehicle and even a trailer if you trailer to towed vehicle. A trailard towed vehicle is going to put some weight on the rear axle by virtue of the hitch but the trailer is designed to carry a majority of the vehicle weight so the tongue weight should be under a thousand pounds.
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I'll see if I can explain it.

GVWR - Gross Vehicle Weight Rating - This is how much weight the tires, suspension, frame, body, etc., are rated to carry. The weight on the tires, if you will.

GCWR - Gross Combination Weight Rating - This is how much the engine, transmission, axles, and brakes are rated to pull and stop. It's the weight of the bus, trailer, load, passengers, fuel, roller-bladers hanging onto the side, etc. It is typically higher than the GVWR.
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As an example, I drive a Volvo road tractor which has a 12,000 # steer axle and 40,000 # rears. By itself, it has a GVWR of 52,000 #. But I pull a heavy tank trailer with it, sometimes grossing 80,000 #. The trailer's axles carry (and help stop) the remaining weight. Our buses are not much different (just not as powerful).
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Thanks, that's much more detailed than my explanation.
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