The method of determining the size of a vehicle for insurance purposes. Gross
vehicle weight is the maximum loaded weight for which a single vehicle is designed,
as specified by the manufacturer. In some states, gross vehicle weight (GVW) is based
on registration receipts. Gross combination weight (GCW) is the maximum loaded weight
for a combination truck/tractor and semitrailer or trailer for which the truck/tractor
is designed, as specified by the manufacturer. See also
Gross combination weight.