No matter if you are enjoying the RV life or driving a little VW around to save the economy, it is all about weight. If not cargo weight, towing weight then it is axle weight. You have to meet all the different ratings to have your RV or vehicle last a long time without having major repair work.
RGAWR is defined as the rear gross axle weight rating. The key word in all of this is rating. It is not a set-in-stone figure but an estimate. However, being an estimate does not mean you get to overload your rear axle. Use some common sense when adding cargo to your vehicles.
To learn more about this acronym, just continue to read our article. It explores the topic so you have a clear understanding of what RGAWR means. Take a few minutes to get this important information before you pack your vehicles.
When you read the words it is fairly self-explanatory. The rear gross axle weight rating is a figure that tells you how much weight the axle can hold. The term ‘rear’ is for the rear axle and you will usually see FGAWR for the front axle.
The figure you see beside this acronym is the most weight the rear axle can hold without being damaged. This figure helps you distribute the weight in your vehicle better guiding you to pack better and make sure you do not overload the rear axle.
That is the important aspect of this weight rating. It is a guide to let you know when you put too much weight on your axle. To know how much weight you actually did put on the axle, you need to go to a scale that accepts all vehicles and get weighed.
If you overload your axle, it is unlikely that any harm will come to it driving to the scales and back home again.
Because there are so many different models and trims made for each vehicle year, manufacturers have placed a tag on the inside driver’s door jam with this information. Any figures we place here will be for one specific model of Silverado and not them all.
That is unless GM made them all the same. We will not know that as we went searching for this information in spite of an RV discussion forum member stating you would not find this information online.
That member was correct as after checking legitimate websites with specification information no one listed the RGAWR or even the GAWR. You will have to go to the tag on the driver’s door jam and look for the letters RGAWR or GAWR to get this information.
Or you can talk to a dealer and see if they have that information handy. It may also be listed in your owner’s manual if you still have it.
When you are dealing with weight capacities for your vehicles, your eyes may go a bit cross-eyed after reading all the acronyms vehicle manufacturers place on their tags.
GVWR means gross vehicle weight rating and GAWR means gross axle weight rating. The two acronyms refer to different weight classifications and are not interchangeable.
The first acronym tells you the gross weight capacity of your vehicle. Suffice it to say that it is all about weight and you have more than the GVWR to worry about when you are loading your vehicle.
Keep in mind that tongue weight will play a factor in both the GVWR and the GAWR. There is a lot to know when it comes to towing, and loading a vehicle. It is not a load them up and see what happens situation.
And yes, you do need to remain under those weight ratings. A good weight distribution hitch can solve any difficulties you may have.
The biggest and only difference between those weight rating acronyms is how much weight each item can safely carry or hold. GVWR refers to the maximum amount of weight your vehicle can hold.
GVW is the gross vehicle weight which includes passengers, vehicle, and cargo weights. In this case, the term gross here simply means the total weight those items weigh together.
In other words, this weight total can be well under your GVWR. It is just the total amount of weight you have in your vehicle at the time. The thing to watch out for is that the GVW cannot exceed the GVWR.
If it is, then you have to remove some of the cargo to meet the GVWR.
You already know what GVWR stands for and how it is applied to vehicles. Curb weight is the opposite extreme. This term refers to how much your vehicle weighs when it sits almost empty and at the side of the road.
We say almost empty because curb weight includes a full tank of gas and all other fluids needing components filled with those fluids. Transmission fluid, oil, DEF, and so on weights are all included in the curb weight rating.
There should be no passengers or cargo in your vehicle when you want to get the curb weight. What you can use to remember the difference is curb weight is when the truck is empty and GVWR is when the truck is full.
There are a lot of weight capacities to consider when you are packing for a vacation. It can get confusing and it is understandable if you do get confused. Just remember that A stands for axle; V stands for vehicle, and C stands for combined which applies to vehicles and the trailer they are towing.
As you spend more time going on vacation, you will get the hang of these acronyms and what they refer to. These ratings protect your expensive vehicles from damage which will save you money in the long run.