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Old 07-17-2018, 01:52 PM   #1
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How much should I tow?

Thinking about upgrading trailer. Truck is a new diesel titan rated at 12050 lbs. The trailer weight empty is 6000, to be safe lets add 1000 lbs for stuff and some water so were at 7000. So we would be 5000 lbs below max but who wants to be at max. Plus we will be going through mountains from time to time. I'm never in a hurry as were due to retire in 2 years and drive 65 mph.
Is there a % weight below max to be ok?
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Old 07-17-2018, 01:56 PM   #2
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I've heard 80% of max is a safe number. Others might disagree.
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Old 07-17-2018, 01:58 PM   #3
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I think you'll get 1000 opinions here but I think you should be good with what you have here.

As long as you keep around those numbers you should be fine. Personally, I'd like to stay under 70% of max tow.. just my opinion though.. some will say otherwise (more or less).

I think it just makes sense.. you'll have less stuff that breaks and the truck will last longer.
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Old 07-17-2018, 02:05 PM   #4
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Load capacity is usually exceeded before tow capacity. Focus on load capacity ( yellow sticker on drivers door).
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Old 07-17-2018, 02:06 PM   #5
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you should be able to tow 12,050 if properly distributed.

7K is only 60% of the max. i wouldnt worry about that weight.

these arbitrary safety margins that people make up are ridiculous.
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The total weight of the trailer tongue, passengers and stuff in your truck should not exceed your truck's rated cargo capacity. Ignore the tow rating, that figure is useless. Focus on cargo capacity.
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Old 07-17-2018, 02:22 PM   #7
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Also empty/dry weight means nothing since no one tows an empty trailer.
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Also empty/dry weight means nothing since no one tows an empty trailer.
He listed dry and wet weights in his post.
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He listed dry and wet weights in his post.
That was for anyone reading and wondering for the first time. Just information.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:00 PM   #10
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Greg, post the payload number from the door sticker.
It will say "Occupants and cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs".
The driver is considered one of the occupants.
You'll never get close to the 12,050 number because you'll run out of payload capacity WAY before then.
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