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So I want to make sure I understand this completely because I'm a little confused by all these numbers. Here are the specs on my van

Curb weight 5510
GVWR 8550
GCWR 10800
Max Tow Cap 4700

So correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm calculating that if you subtract the curb weight from the GCWR, the van can carry a maximum of 5290 between the van and the trailer, but the maximum that I can tow is 4700. This means that I could only carry 590 lbs total IN the van (passengers, cargo, gas, etc).

Am I getting this right?
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You got it right - GCWR is the fun killer. Since my van seats 15, my brother-in-law wanted to throw his whole family and their gear in our rig so that he wouldn't have to drive, but GCWR came to the rescue and let me tell him no, though we did end up with his kids and were right at max. As I mentioned, I do think that the frontal area was more of an issue for us than the weight.

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Okay, so theoretically if I was to buy a trailer that weighed 4700lbs I would be allowed an additional 590lbs max in the van. If I got a trailer that weighted 4200lbs, I could add 200lbs of cargo in the trailer, and I could hold an additional 300lbs of cargo in the van.

I'm just trying to make sure how these numbers work, so I can figure out what will work for me. Is there a recommended percentage of the GCWR that you should not exceed (like 75% or 80% of the GCWR)?

Thanks again for your help!
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