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Old 01-24-2015, 01:27 PM   #1
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Can we safely tow this TT?

Our tow vehicle:
2015 GMC Sierra 1500
Double cab standard bed

GVWR:7200
Gross axle weight ratio rear: 3950
Gear ratio: 3.42
Max towing capacity: 9200lbs

The trailer is:
2015 Surveyer 291BHSS
About 6,000lbs
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...
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:37 PM   #2
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it should work ok, load the trailer up with all your gear and gas ,kids and head to the scales.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:57 PM   #3
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Haha my goal is to not find out the hard way!! This is the one we want to buy.
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:12 PM   #4
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Should be FINE....just don"t overload it like traveling any long distance with full water tanks.
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:19 PM   #5
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ok , what is your truck loaded weight, including everything that would be in the bed, deduct that from the GCWR and that is your trailer Gross allowable, it is within your spec`s? including trailer tongue weight, what is your GCWR? what is your rear axle weight ready to camp without trailer attached??. with a 6k trailer weight sticker add about 700-1k lbs for extras including the weight of your receiver hitch.
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:50 PM   #6
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one important number you haven't supplied, the truck's payload capacity.
newbies tend to overlook this number, which usually is the more important number.
payload is where most vehicles fail, when it comes to towing trailers. many have great towing capacity numbers but lack enough payload, especially SUV's.

look for the amount on the driver's door sticker.
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Does 1,665 sound right for a payload capacity?
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Old 01-24-2015, 05:08 PM   #9
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Does 1,665 sound right for a payload capacity?
sounds like it could. if you posted a pic of your door sticker, that would help.
you have to subtract the weight of your passengers, any cargo in the truck or bed and the weight of the WDH, from that 1665 number.
what's left will be the available amount for the trailer's LOADED tongue weight.

don't use fictional dry numbers. get the yellow sticker weight of the trailer to start with.
that 744 number will get close to 1000lbs., once you add the weight of the battery, propane, water and cargo in the trailer.

so you can see how payload ends up being a much more crucial number for 1/2 ton trucks. if the loaded tongue weight is 1000lbs., then you only have 665lbs. for anything in the truck.
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Look inside your truck drivers door frame for the tire loading sticker. It will say something like "all occupants and cargo should weigh less than x lbs". That is your truck's payload. Now subtract the weight of your family, any pets, and any gear that will be in the truck when towing. What is left is your available payload. Your trailers loaded hitch weight must be less than this number in addition to the trailers loaded weight being less than your towing capacity. Sadly you will find your limitation is payload. So for arguments sake let's just subfamily plus anything in truck is 500 lbs. If the 1665 came off the door sticker then that would leave you 1165 lbs available for tongue weight.


Looking at the tt- it has a gvwr of 7744 lbs (dry weight plus cargo capacity). While this is within your towing capacity it is going to be at the upper limits of your payload. Ideal tongue weight is 13-15% of loaded trailer weight. This would mean a tongue weight of 1000-1200 lbs if loaded to max weight. On average people tend to put 1000-1500lbs into their trailers. This would mean a loaded tt weight of 6800-7300 lbs. That means a tongue weight of 750-1095 lbs. You can see how tight this is going to be.

To give you real world numbers, my old tt had a factory listed dry weight of 5700 lbs. It had an actual loaded weight of 7300 lbs (per cat scale). My tongue weight ended up at just shy of 1000 lbs.

I think the answer depends on how much weight you put in the truck and if that payload you listed is true to your truck with all options etc or a brochure number.
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