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Old 04-12-2017, 02:17 PM   #1
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4x4 conversions that increase GVWR

I realize that GVWR has been discussed quite a bit on this forum, but I wanted to confirm what I've been reading.

By way of background, I have a Quadvan conversion. They put a sticker in the door jamb increasing the front GAWR to 5400#, but left the vehicle GVWR at 9400#. I've been mulling over doing a build, but the van already weighs 8,000# empty and runs upwards of 11,000# with 1,000# of trailer tongue weight and gear/people inside. It doesn't make much sense to build a camper that runs maybe 9000# empty, and plan to travel with 4 people, let along haul a trailer.

I know some Sportsmobiles are rerated to 10,000#. The I also read that Salem Kroger has been rerating some of their conversions to as high as 13,800#. I am not aware of any other conversion companies that rerate. Am I missing someone? I've been hesitant to consider S-K (Whitefeather) based on what I've read about them on-line.

So I am looking at either buying a used, converted Sportsmobile or buying a 2wd Sportsmobile or equivalent and sending it to S-K for a conversion. Do I have any other options?
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Old 04-12-2017, 03:15 PM   #2
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Do I have any other options?
Yes. Ignore the GVWR.

My van is over 10,0000 with me in it, let alone passenger(s), dog, camping gear, trailer, etc. And I think my Quigley is rated at ~9,500.
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i've been doing that, but I had weigh-in-motion scales flag me a once (nothing ever came of it), and I cannot leave the state without going through British Columbia. BC has a reputation of zealously weighing vehicles. Liability concerns are up there too.
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Old 04-12-2017, 04:31 PM   #4
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Only commercial vehicles have to weigh, and they only care about registration weights, not GVWRs. I wouldn't worry about it, and just keep going by your axle ratings.
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Also, make sure your tires are rated for the weight you end up with.
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Actually nothing wrong with this, as long as you take if off before you sell it. Only approved chassis modifyers can sell an uprated GVWR. But I'm not aware of any state that restricts modifying your own GVWR. Oregon certainly doesn't, and I've had several work trucks that were uprated.

BTW - As soon as anything chassis-related is modified on the vehicle, including any tires size change, your OEM sticker is no longer valid anyways. It only reports the configuration as it left the factory, and nothing more.
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