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Old 01-24-2015, 05:06 PM   #11
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The numbers are true from stickers. The TT weight is actually 5858 that's dry obviously. Loaded the GVWR for the TT 7744 lbs. based on the calculation from the web site listed above is max trailer weight is 7200

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Old 01-25-2015, 12:34 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by JNKS2010 View Post
based on the calculation from the web site listed above is max trailer weight is 7200
If you mean the max tt the website says you can handle is 7200 lbs, then I think you will find this tt to be too much trailer for the truck.

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Old 01-25-2015, 06:50 AM   #13
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your not going to exceed towing capacity with that trailer, payload is what you need to be looking at. With the weight of everyone and everything in the cab and bed, weight of hitch, you will be close if not over your limit.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:42 AM   #14
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Even with a WDH and airbags in the rear you guys think we will be over?

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Old 01-25-2015, 07:46 AM   #15
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Overweight is overweight. You can't change a vehicles limits no matter what you add on...

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Old 01-25-2015, 07:48 AM   #16
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Wouldn't worry about your truck-trailer combo. Just make sure you get a good wdh and sway control.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:50 AM   #17
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We had a Gulf Stream 29bhs that I pulled with a 2011 Ram 1500. It was not the ability to tow that was the concern. It was definitely the payload that overloaded first. The trailer itself had a dry weight of 5800 lbs. of course this doesn't include added items such as battery, propane, awning, and anything else that is added. Once loaded we were pushing 1,000 lbs of tongue weight. That only left me around 509 pounds of payload. Once I added the wife and kids and dog I barely had room to bring anything in the back of the truck. I truly thought my truck could handle it but decided I would upgrade to a 2500. I could not believe the difference. No more white knuckle drives. The truck handles the trailer with ease. Best decision I have made

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Old 01-25-2015, 10:07 AM   #18
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IMO the ONLY 1/2 ton capable of safely towing a TT in the 7,000 range is the F150 HD... For all other 1/2 tons, you have to reduce the payload to the point where you can no longer bring-along the gear that makes camping practical & fun...

Our yellow sticker TT empty weight is 6,650 with a tongue weight of around 650. However, when loaded for a comfortable week of camping, we are at 8,400 (tongue weight of 1,050). So, ready-to camp we are hauling 1,750 of gear in the TT plus an additional 1,050 of people, fuel & gear in the TV. This makes our payload @ around 2,100.

Our CAT scale results BEFORE dropping 300 lbs. of unnecessary tools & wood:

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Steer Axle: 3,300 (Base=3188, Max=4750)
Drive Axle: 4,580 (Base=2582, Max=6000)
Trailer Axle: 7,340
GCVW: 15,220

Note, I could probably use the WDH to transfer more weight to the front axle, but with the Ram 2500 rear springs, this setup "feels" best. The wheel clearance looks even since I'm only using 2/3 my max payload of 3,000...
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:52 AM   #19
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ok, so after some thought we are now thinking a smaller TT. we like the quality of the forest river surveyor the one we additional wanted 291BHSS with a slide out for the dinette and a couch may be too much TT from what we are reading for our 2015 GMC Sierra 1500.

what we are thinking now is a surveyor 245BHS, looks and quality are the same, the slide out is just a dinette and no couch, with this configuration, we will lose 692 lbs on dryweight and lose 118 lbs on hitch weight. according to we will increase our TT towing capacities upto 7800 lbs from 7200 lbs. is a 600 lbs difference that much better and more easily and more comfortable to tow? if not and we need to go lower then 810 lbs, we will need to look at other brands such as the bullet from keystone. which we would rather not do. their forum stinks compaired to this one.
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