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Old 05-20-2014, 09:11 PM   #1
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Need Help from the Weight Police

We have put a deposit on a used Raptor tri-axle toy hauler. We love our Sierra but really want to buy a golf cart and obviously need a toy hauler. The dry weight of the Raptor is 12,460 lbs, pin weight is 2,860 lbs and it has a cargo capacity of 5,540 lbs. We are towing with a 2007.5 Sierra Duramax dually with a payload capacity of just under 3,800 lbs. I know it doesn't increase payload capacity but we do have air bags on our truck to help with the ride. I've done some research and I think our Chevy can handle it but I'm no expert by a long shot and, quite frankly, all the numbers make me dizzy! Before we pull the trigger and make a huge mistake, I would like to know what you guys think.

Thanks in advance for your honest, and valued, opinions.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:16 PM   #2
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Sounds to me like you are good to go. Buy dat.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:21 PM   #3
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You have just under 940 lbs payload left for you and your passengers, the hitch, tools, wood, parts, etc. in the truck.
When that big TH is loaded for travel you could be maxed out. Look at the layout and consider where the big heavy items will be stowed when on the road. Also, consider all the clothing and other items that will be adding to the pin weight.
Tough call from over here!
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I had to order my truck to get a gas engine SRW and a payload of 3400 lbs.
Your payload seems light to me.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:55 PM   #4
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You're good. On average you're going to put about 1,000lbs of stuff in it, about 1/3 of that will turn into pin weight so you're fine. Then when you load the golf cart in the back it'll offset some of the pin weight.

So go for it!
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:09 PM   #5
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Thanks Twisty & SKnight. You've both pointed out exactly the same two things that we have been debating over. My research says that we would be ok but getting a little close. The DH says it would be too much once our gear is loaded, although we pack fairly light. Any idea how much weight an average golf car would take off of the pin weight?
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:39 PM   #6
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I'm at 744lbs over my yellow sticker (Supposed actual leaving the factory dry weight.) and my hitch weight is 250lbs over advertised pin weight and I think you'll find that's pretty consistent, 1/3 of your typical stuff payload goes on the pin. The average person carries about 1,000lbs ready to go, mine is without food, clothing or toiletries.

So you're going to put about 330lbs more onto the pin in regular payload, but that will change once you load the golf cart in the storage area, which is behind the axles and will offset the pin weight some, part of why your static pin weight is so high. You're at 23% pin weight which sounds like a lot until you put that golf cart in the back when I bet it will drop to 18% or so.

But with just static numbers you're well under. I'd weigh it once you have it, loaded for a typical trip cart and all, but the real numbers won't vary enough to worry about.

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Old 05-22-2014, 07:57 AM   #7
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Your fine...don't sweat the numbers "if" they are close...enjoy
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