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Old 08-02-2014, 12:37 PM   #11
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I agree 11,500 a lot of weight. We opted for 6084 gross trailer. Tow rating 9600. Don't turn traveling into a chore. Between length and weight.
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Old 08-02-2014, 02:37 PM   #12
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No 1/2 ton should ever tow 11,400lbs. And can't for one reason. Payload. If you bought a TT and loaded it to 11,400lbs then using the average or suggested % for tongue weight it would over load the receiver. A 11,400lb TT will have a 1300+lb tongue weight. That's more than the receiver is rated for. Also if you took that 11,400lbs and added it to the trucks base weight that will equal the trucks GCVWR. And you haven't even put any thing else in the truck. Everything you put in the truck like passengers, firewood, dogs, etc comes off the tow rating. It's virtually impossible as well as unsafe to tow 11,400lbs with a 1/2
I couldn't have replied any better myself. It is not only the maximum trailer towing capacity (conventional or fifth) you have to consider, it is the tongue weight, hitch rating (WD or non-WD), GCVWR and GVWR and use the actual truck's payload rating ("red" sticker in the door jamb) when calculating. Base weight shown in the manufacturer's specs tend not to include the options on your truck that reduce your actual truck's payload rating ... it adds up. Truck salesmen typically do not divulge this information, but it is in your owner's manual. Ask a trailer salesman about vehicles buyers show up with to purchase the trailer of their dreams ... it is not pretty. If you go with "awwww, my truck can handle it just fine", you will be white knuckle towing and that is no fun ... that first mountain grade up and down, panic stop or emergency swerve will have you quickly realizing how much fun it is not.
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:29 PM   #13
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I used to tow a 6500lb tt with an 08 5.3. I now tow the same weight with an 13 2500hd 6.0l. No difference in fuel economy but truck handles the weight much better and traveling in much more pleasureable, which is why we got the trailer. My axle ratio is 3:73 and fuel economy when I'm not towing is about 3-4 mpg less all factors being equal.


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Old 08-03-2014, 08:58 AM   #14
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Sae J2807 towing standards.



Standardized Tow Ratings: Why Automakers Aren't Using Them -- Edmunds.com

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2009/12...explained.html

http://www.autoblog.com/tag/sae+j2807/
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Old 08-03-2014, 11:15 AM   #15
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I looked at the ratings and figured there was a lot of blue sky in them so I went to a campground and talked to folks who towed units similar to ours. Used that information combined with what I wanted the truck to do and made out decision from that. Happy with my choice.


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Old 08-03-2014, 12:46 PM   #16
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My F350 is rated to tow just a little more than those high number 1/2 tons.
Think about that.
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:50 PM   #17
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My 3/4 ton ranges from slightly less to slightly more of the advertised range of those 1/2 tons. Since I have towed with a 1/2 ton I will stay with the 3/4 ton.


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Old 08-03-2014, 02:23 PM   #18
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Towed with 1/2 tons trucks for years and they did fine. Then I moved up to a 3/4 ton truck and it's sooo much nicer towing. I'll never go back!
My own rule of thumb for towing, 6500lbs 1/2 ton towing max. More then that I want a 3/4 ton truck.
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