The appropriate worksheet for completing this report is found at Step 1.
If all your safety margins are displayed in GREEN, that's great! You have carefully paid attention to your vehicles’ load. Pat yourself on the back. Although this report is a good indicator of a safe load, the Fifth Wheel St. Truck and Trailer Weight Safety Report can never substitute for the advanced weighing procedure consisting of wheel by wheel weighing. Whenever possible, weigh each wheel position at a location that provides the advanced towing safety report. Visit the Wheel-by-Wheel Weighing Resources page to find a location near you.
If any of your safety margins are displayed in RED, then you are towing with a potential driving hazard. It's your responsibility to consider what you think is safe for your towing situation, whether it's 4 pounds overweight or 4000 pounds overweight. You need to take a careful look at how your vehicles are loaded. You may need to remove or relocate some items to better balance the load. In some instances, you may need to purchase a tow vehicle with higher towing capacity or purchase a trailer with less gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).
Safety Report Glossary
Note: Terms found on the Step 1 Worksheet are not repeated here.
TV Weight W/ Trailer Attached: Gross weight of the tow vehicle (TV) with the trailer attached. This weight should not exceed the TV gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).
TV Weight: Gross weight of the TV without a trailer attached.
Trailer Kingpin Weight: Gross weight of the kingpin or gooseneck that sits on the hitch.
Trailer Gross Weight: Gross weight of the trailer. This should not exceed the trailer GVWR.
TV & Trailer Combined Weight: Gross combined weight of both the TV and trailer. This weight should not exceed the TV gross combination weight rating (GCWR).
Vertical Load (Kingpin): This is the percentage of trailer gross weight that sits on the hitch. The recommended range for vertical load is 15 to 25 percent.
TV Front Axle Weight: This is the weight above or below the TV front gross axle weight rating (GAWR).
TV Rear Axle Weight: This is the weight above or below the TV rear GAWR.
TV Gross Weight (GVW): This is the weight above or below the TV GVWR.
TV Combined Weight (GCW): This is the weight above or below the TV GCWR.
Hitch Tow (GTW): This is the weight above or below the hitch gross towing weight (GTW) rating.
Vertical Load (Kingpin): This is the weight above or below the hitch maximum vertical load rating.
Trailer Gross Weight (GVW): This is the weight above or below the trailer GVWR.