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Old 09-08-2017, 01:31 PM   #1
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Question Camper and a Boat

I have an older Palomino Maverick on a 3/4 ton Heavy Duty Dodge Diesel. How do I calculate how much boat I can safely tow?
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:48 PM   #2
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Look on the inside of your driver's door and find your truck's payload capacity. Subtract the weight of the camper. Subtract the weight of passengers and other stuff in the truck. Whatever you have left over is the maximum tongue weight your boat can have.
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Old 09-08-2017, 02:29 PM   #3
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Question Just making sure...

Just making sure...
Does the weight of the camper reduce the max tongue weight?
Does the weight of the camper reduce the towing capacity?
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Old 09-08-2017, 03:40 PM   #4
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How do you calculate the reduction in tongue weight and towing capacity? I totally understand the total capacity calculations but how do I factor in the other two reductions?
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Think of it like this, cargo capacity is how much weight your suspension and frame can support. Towing capacity is how much weight your engine can pull. Even though all your camper weight is on the truck, your engine still needs to pull it around. If you had a 5000lb trailer, the trailer's weight would be partially carried by the truck and the rest on the trailer wheels. Your engine would still need to pull 5000lbs behind it even though 500lbs would be on the truck.
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