Originally Posted by JNKS2010
Our tow vehicle:
2015 GMC Sierra 1500
Double cab standard bed
Gross axle weight ratio rear: 3950
Gear ratio: 3.42
Max towing capacity: 9200lbs
The trailer is:
2015 Surveyer 291BHSS
Hitch weight according to book was 744
What are your thoughts? My head is spinning with all these numbers...
Info about us:
2 adults and 2 daughters (3 and 13)
More weekend warriors then anything else
Our favorite camp ground is about a half hour away... But we may travel up to a couple hours once or twice a year...
I pulled a LaCrosse 329BHT (about a foot longer and taller and 2500 pounds heavier) with a 2014 GMC Sierra with the 5.3 that was initially rated to to 10,500 pounds and then derated to something like 9500. The truck had no problem problem dragging the trailer down the road at 65 and between the trailer and truck brakes stopping was fine too. The problem was whenever we took the trailer out it was a white knuckle ride (and I have been towing everything from equipment trailers, overweight hay trailers, and the like for 35 years). Even with the WDH hitch and the sway bar, it was a case of the tail wagging the dog. When a truck would pass either coming or going, it was tough to keep it in my lane. Side winds were murder.
Figured I would have to upgrade the tires to good LTs like Michelins, add air bags to the rear, and replace the hitch with a Hensley or an Arrow, and upgrade the shocks. Instead of doing 5K worth of upgrades that I was not positive were going to help, I ended up trading it in on a 3/4 ton Ram. Took a $3500 loss on the GMC (after having it 5 months and 8K miles) and got 11K off of the Ram sticker. The difference in towing is night and day, and sometimes I don't even bother with the sway and WDH bars, it pulls that much better.
With what I know now, I would get the dealer to let you take the trailer for a good test tow on the highway in traffic to see how it does behind your truck and see how you feel with it back there.