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  • How do I calculate my vehicle’s payload capacity?

    Automobiles nowadays are not only for personal use. Filipino automobile owners are looking for ways to get the most bang for their buck, and many opt for cars that can serve both their family’s daily use and business hauling.

    If you want to put your car to work, payload capacity is an important factor to consider. Basically, this relates to the amount of weight your car can safely transport at a given time (including passengers and goods). The car’s payload capacity includes its curb weight, meaning the weight of the vehicle without the cabin or luggage bay (full tank and other parts).

    A workhorse duty will be more demanding for an automobile than just driving your family around, so you should know whether your car can meet the task. Payload capacity for bigger vehicles, such as pickup trucks and SUVs, are frequently provided by automakers. But how do you know how many boxes of vegetables a seven-seater MPV is able to transport, for example?

    There's an easy formula to find that figure, thankfully. Simply subtract the curb weight of your vehicle from the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The curb weight refers to the car's maximum permitted transport weight, including the weight of cargo, occupants, and other accessories. If it’s not included in the user handbook, GVWR is usually marked on the sticker or emblem on the door frame of your driver's seat.

    For example: A automobile has a 1,840 kg GWVR and 1,275 kg curb weight. When you deduct the curb weight from the GWVR, you get a 565-kg payload capacity, which is the maximum weight the car can transport safely, equivalent to 10 50-kg rice sacks. If you're hauling items for work, you might wish to distribute the weight evenly between the car’s axles to relieve stress on your car’s rear suspension.

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    Be advised, most often different axles have different amounts of allowed payloads (usually rear axle allows bigger payload).

    Here in Switzerland police check frequently visibly overloaded vehicles with mobile scales. They check every wheel seperately and will give you a fine also if your car is well within the allowed general payload, but exceeded axle limitations. Consider this especially if you have a trailer that puts weight on the trailer hitch. The weight partly adds to the rear axle weight.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ftraven View Post
      Automobiles nowadays are not only for personal use. Filipino automobile owners are looking for ways to get the most bang for their buck, and many opt for cars that can serve both their family’s daily use and business hauling.

      If you want to put your car to work, payload capacity is an important factor to consider. Basically, this relates to the amount of weight your car can safely transport at a given time (including passengers and goods). The car’s payload capacity includes its curb weight, meaning the weight of the vehicle without the cabin or luggage bay (full tank and other parts).

      A workhorse duty will be more demanding for an automobile than just driving your family around, so you should know whether your car can meet the task. Payload capacity for bigger vehicles, such as pickup trucks and SUVs, are frequently provided by automakers. But how do you know how many boxes of vegetables a seven-seater MPV is able to transport, for example?

      There's an easy formula to find that figure, thankfully. Simply subtract the curb weight of your vehicle from the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The curb weight refers to the car's maximum permitted transport weight, including the weight of cargo, occupants, and other accessories. If it’s not included in the user handbook, GVWR is usually marked on the sticker or emblem on the door frame of your driver's seat.

      For example: A automobile has a 1,840 kg GWVR and 1,275 kg curb weight. When you deduct the curb weight from the GWVR, you get a 565-kg payload capacity, which is the maximum weight the car can transport safely, equivalent to 10 50-kg rice sacks. If you're hauling items for work, you might wish to distribute the weight evenly between the car’s axles to relieve stress on your car’s rear suspension.
      For example: A automobile has a 1,840 kg GWVR and 1,275 kg curb weight. When you deduct the curb weight from the GWVR, you get a 565-kg payload capacity, which is the maximum weight the car can transport safely, equivalent to 10 50-kg rice sacks. If you're hauling items for work, you might wish to distribute the weight evenly between the car’s axles to relieve stress on your car’s rear suspension. For example, a Honda Civic can carry 850 lbs. of passengers and cargos.

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      • #4
        You don't have to calculate anything, all weights are stated in the registration papers of the vehicle.

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