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Old 06-12-2013, 04:22 PM   #11
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I appreciate all of the replies, and it looks like I should stay away from using my current vehicle with its current configuration as a TV for this trailer no matter what the dealers said. Unfortunatly, we're not able to buy another TV right now as we could't afford both a new TV and TT so pPerhaps someone out there knows if there are any mods that could be made on the engine, framework or tire size that I could possibly make on my existing vehicle which would improve its towing ability?
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:34 PM   #12
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I appreciate all of the replies, and it looks like I should stay away from using my current vehicle with its current configuration as a TV for this trailer no matter what the dealers said. Unfortunatly, we're not able to buy another TV right now as we could't afford both a new TV and TT so pPerhaps someone out there knows if there are any mods that could be made on the engine, framework or tire size that I could possibly make on my existing vehicle which would improve its towing ability?
There is no aftermarket solution that will change a tow vehicles published rating.

There are rare circumstances where changing the axle ratio to another that was offered by the manufacturer will change the tow rating, but that most likely does not apply in your situation.

Even if it were possible, you are talking about starting with replacing all brake hardware (1500-2000), then doing suspension (1000-1500), a transmission rebuild with heavier components (3500-5000) upgraded axles (1500-3000), cooling system (300-500), before we talk about custom welding frame plates etc. You can see how even as a theoretical exercise this just does not work.

Have you looked at trading for something larger that might be a few years older and closer to your price range?
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:52 PM   #13
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There is no aftermarket solution that will change a tow vehicles published rating.
Unfortunatly my wife wants to keep the SUV we have, but I might have another option that I'm working on. Stopped by the GM dealer today and they have a completly redesigned 2014 Yukon coming out in October that will have a tow rating over 10,500 lbs with their "Maximun Trailering" pkg. In fact, the Yukon is built on the same platform as the 2014 Sierra that was just released last week. I looked it over and it really looks sharp with a maximum tow rating of 11,400 lbs! I know, it's hard to believe for a 1/2 ton p/u but that's what they claim in writing. Now if I can only convince my wife . . . .
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Unfortunatly my wife wants to keep the SUV we have, but I might have another option that I'm working on. Stopped by the GM dealer today and they have a completly redesigned 2014 Yukon coming out in October that will have a tow rating over 10,500 lbs with their "Maximun Trailering" pkg. In fact, the Yukon is built on the same platform as the 2014 Sierra that was just released last week. I looked it over and it really looks sharp with a maximum tow rating of 11,400 lbs! I know, it's hard to believe for a 1/2 ton p/u but that's what they claim in writing. Now if I can only convince my wife . . . .
Bear in mind- you need to largely ignore the tow capacity and focus on the payload/GVWR because you'll max that out long before you hit maximum towing capacity. The higher tow rate definitely implies a higher payload, though! Also make sure you option it out correctly to get the most payload.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:26 PM   #15
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Unfortunatly my wife wants to keep the SUV we have, but I might have another option that I'm working on. Stopped by the GM dealer today and they have a completly redesigned 2014 Yukon coming out in October that will have a tow rating over 10,500 lbs with their "Maximun Trailering" pkg. In fact, the Yukon is built on the same platform as the 2014 Sierra that was just released last week. I looked it over and it really looks sharp with a maximum tow rating of 11,400 lbs! I know, it's hard to believe for a 1/2 ton p/u but that's what they claim in writing. Now if I can only convince my wife . . . .
We used to have a Tahoe that my wife loved. It was my daily driver but she would steal it often. I was at the time getting into trail riding with a jeep I had built. We loaded up the family to pull it for a weekend ride. Was about 4500# loaded up ready to go. Plus family, food, gear put The Tahoe over the cargo capacity. It was miserable. The truck had trouble with every grade, got pushed around and generally just did not feel up to the task. My wife hated it. She felt unsafe. She sat in her seat, hands glued to the oh crap handle staying at our young daughter in the back.

When we got back she insisted I get a new truck. I picked up a 3/4 ton Diesel and have never looked back.
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As stated above the max stated towing capacity is about as fictional as the dry weight of a trailer. It is just not a number that will ever be applicable. You need to look at the payload sticker in the drivers Side door and then subtract the weight of people, pets and items that will be in the vehicle from that number. you will find this to be the limitation of a half ton anything. on the other hand, you could look at a 3/4 ton suburban or an older 3/4 ton ford excursion (they quit making them somewhere around 2005 I believe). this will get you a stronger tow vehicle without giving up the SUV. The ex is even available as a diesel but these suvs are like gold and hard to get your hands on. Another option is a 1 ton van.
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You have to consider wheel base!
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GCWR - TV - fuel, and whatever else you have in TV, then you have your GVWR ( the TT ), and every thing in it.
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Unfortunatly my wife wants to keep the SUV we have, but I might have another option that I'm working on. Stopped by the GM dealer today and they have a completly redesigned 2014 Yukon coming out in October that will have a tow rating over 10,500 lbs with their "Maximun Trailering" pkg. In fact, the Yukon is built on the same platform as the 2014 Sierra that was just released last week. I looked it over and it really looks sharp with a maximum tow rating of 11,400 lbs! I know, it's hard to believe for a 1/2 ton p/u but that's what they claim in writing. Now if I can only convince my wife . . . .
My trailer is the same weight as yours and I went down the same road thinking the F150 max tow package (11,300# rated) would be the same as a 3/4 or 1 ton. I found out the hard way that line of thinking is totally wrong. It actually cost me more money by not buying the right vehicle the first time. They may claim in writing that the 1/2 ton will tow alot but they are trying to sell you something that in the real world doesn't work. 3/4 or 1 tons are not that much more money than a 1/2 ton.
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You may run out of payload capacity on that truck b4 you exceed other numbers.
Consider a 1 ton truck. They are usually only slightly more than 3/4 tons.
And in many cases, LESS than a 3/4 ton, b/c the dealers tend to include every possible option on the 3/4 ton stock units, and b/c the 1 ton trucks don't sell as quickly.

But I agree -- it APPEARS on the surface that that tt would be too heavy for a 1/2 ton pickup. Take it from a guy who knows - and who recently had to upgrade to a 3/4 ton for the very same reason.
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