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What is the limiting factor that determines the max GVWR of 8550 lbs on the 2500/144 4x4 Sprinter van - brakes, transmission, axle, chassis? My unloaded (except for full fuel and water) ETrek exceeds the limit as weighed at a CAT scale. Front GAWR is over by 130 lbs, rear is under by 1200 lbs, and gross is over by 410 lbs.

Mechanic's Assistant: Has the vehicle turned into a gas hog? And how does it start -- same as usual?

Bought it in December of 2016. Has 22K miles and nothing has changed. Mechanically is great.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Sprinter yourself? What have you tried so far?

Do routine maintenance myself except once at the local Mercedes dealer. Wasn't satisfied with the quality of their work. Haven't tried anything because I just weighted it recently and found the overweight situation.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Don't think so.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: RV
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RV Mechanic: Robert, RV Mechanic replied 4 months ago
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RV Mechanic: Robert, RV Mechanic replied 4 months ago

The GVWR is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer including the vehicle's chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers and cargo. So that would include ALL the chassis transmission, brakes, axle engine etc....

IF you are over on the scales then I think it is a discussion you need to have with the RV manufacturer, I have seen some cases where the rating sticker is wrong so you would want to confirm with them, give them your VIN and they can double check everything..

Robert

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