add more caffeineI'm really slow this morning and still not seeing the value of @NorthwoodsLife derating his trailer. Obviously he wouldn't be in compliance with the stickers on his truck or Ford's published specs if he were to load up the trailer to it's GVWR of 15k, but as long as he keeps it under 12.5k I don't see why he would get a ticket.
His truck has a GCVW rating of 22,000 pounds, this is specific to his truck. His truck is rated at 10,000 pounds. His trailer is rated at 14,000 pounds.
DOT rules don't care what you are carrying, they only look at the limitations of what is rated.
10,000 pounds + 14,000 pounds = 24,000 pounds. This has exceeded his 22,000 GCVW rating by 2,000 pounds.
Forget about the 26k, that is simply a blanket limit and a 'given'. The rest is specific to each of our vehicles, commercial or not. The GCVW rating is found in the published manufactures towing guide for that model year and vehicle configuration.
Here is another example... (private not commercial use)
My truck is GVWR for 10,000 pounds. Its GCWR is 23,500. My trailer WAS rated for 15,000 pounds. I needed to ask them to de-rate it and stamp the placard as "13,500". This is so I didnt exceed the GCVWR of 23,500, otherwise if I was pulled over and they looked at this rating I would be in violation, even though I'm only pulling around 6,000 pounds.
Because he is private AND under 26k, he doesn't need to stop at a weigh station. However, any of us could be pulled over at any time and inspected, or if there were an 'event' that would cause further scrutiny it would come up there.