Originally Posted by Loneoak
Thanks. Just as I thought, truck plus payload.
Yes, it is the manufacturer's rating for the max. weight of the truck. However, there is a lot more involved. In many states (don't know about provinces) you can register the truck up to the total of the front and rear GAWRs. Or you can register it for less than the GVWR, but you better keep it under that registered number.
Also, I assume you understand that generally, the F250 and F350 are the same truck mechanically except for rear springs, tires and wheels. And the F250 can be optioned with those same components and have the same rear GAWR as the F350, but still have just a 9900 lb GVWR. So an F250 with the right options is just as capable as the F350, but lacks the higher GVWR. If your state (or province) allows higher registration, you can register a properly equipped F250 for the same loaded weight as the F350.