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    This may seem a little obvious but for quick estimates during vehicle extrication, more so for stabilization, does anyone have a "cheat sheet" of GVW's for cars, light - heavy trucks, etc?
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    Rule of thumb for Heavy Vehicles (bus, semi, tri-axel, dumptruck...) would be 20,000# per axel.

    Full size SUV's can be guestimated at 6,000#, large Suburbans and Excursions 9,000#

    most passanger cars weight in around 4,000#, compacts around 3000#

    Here is a link to a USA Today article that compairs weights of vehicles in 2007 vs the 90's. There is a chart. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money...big-cars_N.htm
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    Thanks Drew that is what I was looking for, I actually had found the same chart today doing a search. My next project is to have some form of reference for heavy equipment; bulldozer, backhoe, skid steer, etc. I have not had much luck so far. Anyone with "rule of thumb" for these would be appreciated.

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    Contact Ron, took the Vehicle and Machinery Tech Class with him in the Spring at TCC. They had a powerpoint presentation turned into a book on heavy vehicle and machinery, went through all the "D" classes of dozers, gave their weights and strong points, all forms of buses, dump trucks, cement mixers and such. I don't know if TCC would be OK or not with it, but worth a try.
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