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Old 08-18-2016, 04:31 PM   #1
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New GMC 2500HD towing

Just got my new truck last week ans still looking at toy haulers.

Reading the book I see it has a 13,000 pound bumper tow capacity and 14,500 fifth wheel capacity. Now I have no intention on exceeding these in any case but I was wondering for my own information why one is so much higher than the other?
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:39 PM   #2
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make that 14,000 not 14,500
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:43 PM   #3
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It's because the 5th wheel transfers more of it's weight directly to the truck than a bumper pull allowing a slightly heavier 5th wheel to be pulled in comparison to a TT.
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:55 PM   #4
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What is max cargo capacity of the vehicle. This is usually the determining factor not necessarily towing capacity. Subtract passenger weight, cargo in Truck, 100 lbs for hitch. That is max additional weight you can add via pin or hitch. Max cargo capacity is posted on drivers door post.
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:18 PM   #5
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Go ahead and hook up a 14K fiver. Within a month you will be shopping for way more truck. All of the mfgs are one upping each other for sales numbers. A 14K fiver is going to drop around 3000 pounds directly over the rear axles. Add the existing 3500 or so pounds and you likely will exceed RAWR, tire load rating, not to mention the trucks GVWR. While technically feasible according to the mfg specs, it is absolutely not practical nor a good idea.
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:28 PM   #6
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Most 5th wheels at 14500 will be about 23% of weight of the 5er on the pin sitting in the bed of the truck. At 23% that would 3,335 payload and my F350 has a payload sticker of 3744 but by the time I got hitch and stuff in the truck is was down to 3180 left over for the pin. So 14,500 can be stretch even for 1 ton.

Here is a great site for figure out what you can tow based on your yellow payload sticker on your truck.
Towing Calculator based on Truck's Payload/CCC - Towing Planner

For a better understand check out this video.
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http://rvsafety.com/rv-education/mat...ks-to-trailers
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Old 08-18-2016, 06:09 PM   #7
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Go ahead and hook up a 14K fiver. Within a month you will be shopping for way more truck.

If that were true, the campgrounds wouldn't be full of my fellow 3/4 ton owners.

My old 2002 handles my fiver (15,500 gvwr) just fine. I'm not running out to buy a new truck after several months and a couple thousand miles. I see more 3/4 ton trucks at the campgrounds than anything else, and find it strange that they didn't all break down or explode on the way there.

I wish all the happy campers at Ocean Lakes would listen to the weight police.... I would have been able to get a last minute spot this weekend if that were the case.



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Never said they would break down. Just because someone jumps off a bridge does that mean it is wise to follow suit? Towing overloaded is not a wise choice, whether its a 1500 or a 4500 its still not a wise decision. But the decision is yours to make. Just dont drive across a set of scales with your eyes open.
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Interesting info. We are not getting a fifth wheel but I was just wondering the difference.
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Just dont drive across a set of scales with your eyes open.

Well... Not sure if they were open when I drove across, but they were when I went inside to pay the fee and read the printout.

I'm under on on the numbers that matter to me (front and rear axle), and have safely towed all spring and summer in the mountains and to the coast.

I'm not looking for a truck.....


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