ABOUT YOUR VEHICLE

As every truck is built and designed differently by each truck manufacture, it is important to know what your trucks capabilities are.  The best resources for accurate information regarding your trucks towing and carrying capabilities are supplied with your truck in the owners manual and on the decal posted on the driver side door post or in the glove box of our truck. The truck dealers also have separate towing guides available to assist you when trying to determine that capabilities of your truck, keep in mind that this information can change every model year. It is important that you understand that there are limitations as to what your truck can carry and pull safely.  The following ratings supplied by the truck manufacture are important to understand:

GVWR (GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING) is the maximum allowable total load weight, as set by the truck manufacture, of the vehicle and all cargo including fuel, passengers etc.

GAWR (GROSS AXLE WEIGHT RATING) is the maximum allowable load carrying capacity of each individual axle as set by the truck manufacture.

CGVWR (COMBINED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING) is the maximum allowable combined weight of the loaded truck and loaded trailer that is being towed by the truck.

As each truck will weigh differently based on options, we recommend that you should determine the actual weight of your truck by having it weighed at a commercial weigh scale.  The truck should be weighed with the fuel tank full and the normal amount of occupants in the vehicle.  Subtract this weight from the GVWR of the truck to determine the cargo carrying capacity of your truck, this weight should not be exceeded by your camper when it is loaded for camping. 
To calculate an approximate weight of the camper you will need the following information:
1 - The “wet weight” of the camper, which is posted by the entry door of the camper.  This weight is the weight of the camper with the fresh water tank full, the propane tanks full and a battery installed.
2 – The weight of the factory installed options on the camper.  This information can be found in the Okanagan camper brochure and on our website where you can download out brochure.
3 – The weight of personal items that will be loaded into the camper.  Everyone packs differently so make sure you allow enough.
Add the 3 weights above together to determine what your camper will weigh, this weight combined with the weight of the truck that was acquired at the commercial weigh scales should not exceed the GVWR of your truck as set by the truck manufacture.

The GVWR of your truck cannot be changed by adding airbags, helper springs, heavier shocks etc., however these items will help to stabilize the load for safer handling of the truck while driving.

As every intended use of truck, camper and towing configuration varies, West Coast Leisure Homes Ltd., the manufacture of the Okanagan brand of recreational vehicles, does not make any warranties or representation, expressed or implied, as to the capabilities, uses, or ratings of your truck or tow vehicle.