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Old 04-13-2021, 06:32 PM   #1
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Can anyone help me calculate my towing capacity?

GVWR is 10000 GAWR rear is 7500 my skoolie weighs in at around 8800 loaded I'm a newb to all this and am hoping this can also haul my pontoon any help is appreciated

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Old 04-13-2021, 07:40 PM   #2
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https://www.curtmfg.com/towing-capacity

all of one minute google searching. :-')

Let us know your follow-up questions. You'll need to know how much your pontoon plus trailer weighs.
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https://www.curtmfg.com/towing-capacity

all of one minute google searching. :-')

Let us know your follow-up questions. You'll need to know how much your pontoon plus trailer weighs.
I understand all that, I just didn't know since I'm in a 99 short bus with steel body if that weight would subtract from my total capacity which I assume it will unless the sticker is taking the steel body into account. My pontoon and trailer together weigh roughly 4100lbs I don't want to tear up my transmission trying to tow it to the lake.
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:29 PM   #4
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Check that site out. GVWR doesn't refer to the bus weight, it refers to the total max weight. You weigh in at 8800, so you have 1200 available if you don't want to exceed the vehicles engine, tranny and brake design specs.

So your trailer and load can't exceed 1200 lbs.

You need to weigh your bus by the axles to learn your GAWR. Subtract your actual rear wheel weight from 7500, that gives you the max tongue weight.

As long as your trailer and load are less than 1200 lbs, use 10-15% of trailer and load weight to calculate tongue weight. Let's say your trailer and load weigh in at 1000 lbs; your test is GAWR minus the Actual Axle Weight minus ~150 lbs. As long as the resulting number is positive, you meet the design guidelines and can tow.
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