365 SAQ anb 2011 Silverado
I have done a lot of research, but not sure exactly where I stand, or even if I have a choice now that I have come this far. I have a 2011 Silverado crew cab 4x4 with the 6.5' bed. I did the Duramax.
I have ordered a 365SAQ which has a dry weight of 11800 and a GVRW of 14060. The dry hitch weight is 2060, or so they claim.
My truck trailering guide straight from GM says it can tow 16,700 the way I have it set-up. Even if I overload the camper, which is doubtful since the dry weight is 11800, we're talking 5000 pounds, so that's not going to happen I would still be okay. The payload shows 3123 and they claim that with the weight of the truck and the driver included. The dry weight of the camper claims to be 2060. Of course, that's dry weight so that's bound to go up. I know I have to include anything extra I put in the truck, once again, truck, full fuel, and driver claim to be included in the 3123 available payload. I know my hitch weighs around 125lbs unless God gave me muscles I didn't realize I had because I loaded it and the rails into the truck on my own and I'm not that strong.
It seems like I should be okay, however close on the payload.
We are weekend campers, and usually take one or two road trips a year probably averaging around 1000 miles RT from home. All the weekend trips average about 50 miles RT. I am not looking to justify an underated TV, but I am also not looking to buy a new TV if I can safely tow what I have ordered and can provide better for my family as a daily driver then a 3500 DRW.
Is anyone towing with this model truck either at 355 or 365 that can tell me what they think about their experiences?
Anyone have input as to what they would recommend. No bashing me like I have seen in this forum when others are asking. I have looked at all the numbers, I think I stand just on the lower end of max payload. I know without a doubt I am not going to max out the truck's towing capabilities, I just think I am going to be close on the payload / 5th wheel hitch weight. There is a scale about 1 mile from the dealership so I can weigh my truck, and then weight it again after connected, dry, and then weigh after we load our belongings. We're moving from a 36' Montana TT.