Weight Ratings

Federal Data Plate

Your motorhome specification information can be found on the Federal Data Plate near the driver area, in your owner’s manuals, or in a cabinet near the door. The Gross Combination Weight Rating will be on a data sheet located elsewhere in the coach.

The specifications for a 5th wheel or trailer can be found on the Federal Data Plate usually on the forward left hand side on the outside of your RV. The data plate for your tow vehicle will most likely be on the door jamb; however, the Gross Combination Weight Rating will be in the owner’s manual in the trailering/towing section.


Basic Weight Rating Definitions

GAWR – Gross Axle Weight Rating

The maximum allowable weight that the components, such as tires, wheels, brakes, suspension and axle, is designed to support.

GVWR – Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

Is established by the chassis manufacturer and is the maximum allowable weight that the chassis of a fully loaded RV can support. Includes all passengers, fuel, water, supplies, cargo and tongue weight.

GCWR – Gross Combined Weight Rating

The maximum total loaded weight rating of the RV or Tow Vehicle and any vehicle or trailer it’s towing.  GCWR minus GVWR is the total allowable weight for a towed vehicle.