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Old 04-05-2012, 09:18 PM   #41
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dont go crazy changing tires tomorrow, get some weights and seat time. the truck is rated to tow 8200 lbs with those very tires. once again...YOU have to be comfortable with your set up and its not an every day commercial long haul rig..its a weekend warrior.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:20 PM   #42
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I towed for two years before changing the tires out on my Avalanche...take your time get your weights.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:30 PM   #43
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even at the recommended 91% your tires are rated at 2186 each..next step....geter on a scale
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:41 PM   #44
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Ok so I towed about 75 miles pretty flat a few hills here and there. I had about a 30 mph head wind on the way down. Truck has plenty of power to pull the trailer, but dang my mpg was 8.5 there and back. Tranny only hit 210 once in traffic, and I crused 60 mostly in 5th gear about 1800rpm. I know its a heavy trailer but I was hopeing for like 10 to 12 mpg. I ran down with a 40g of fuel and 100g of water and about 300lbs of gear. MY 1st weigh on the way down "now I tried to get the trailer and truck on dif axle scales, front was the truck said 7200lbs. secound axle was the trailer 6700lbs, total of 13900lbs. on the way back pretty much empty water same gear. Front 7120lbs rear 6280lbs, total 13400lbs. I did raise the bars up one on the WDH. Man I just dont know.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:53 PM   #45
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Sounds like your weights are ok, how was the actual handling? Remember that you are pulling a large sail, the MPG will fluctuate.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:55 PM   #46
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my trailer weighs more than your combo and I can get 8.5 in the v-10. So much depends on ur driving style, with that much weight, any acceleration will kill ur mileage plus headwinds do as much to kill it. Get on the road and get some real miles and see where your at. Whats the gvw of the truck?
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Handling was pretty good. No real sway that I could see or feel. I was very impressed with the power of this little 6. I had pretty much all the same gear I would take on most outings except the atv. That thing comes in at about 650lbs full of fuel. I am hoping that with it in and tied towards the back, and the one move up on the WDH bars I will be in good shape. Next time up I will be in the mountains pulling from about 6000 to 8500 or so feet.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:04 PM   #48
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Truck GVW 7200lbs and the GCWR 14000. So with those weights I got I really dont know where Im at. The truck is rated to pull 8200lbs.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:19 PM   #49
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MY 1st weigh on the way down "now I tried to get the trailer and truck on dif axle scales, front was the truck said 7200lbs. second axle was the trailer 6700lbs, total of 13900lbs.
Shawn,

The front truck axle is supposed to be on scale platform one. The rear axle of the truck on scale platform two and the camper's axles on platform number 3.

Drive on to scale platform number two with the rig connected
pull forward slowly until just the front of the truck wheels are on the lead platform
Your rear truck axles should be on the second platform
Your camper axles should be on the third platform

Signal the scale opertator to weight the truck.

Get out of the cab and disconnect the WD bars and swing them away

Signal the scale operator to weigh again.

Drop the tongue wheel on the second platform and pull forward completely onto the first platform

Signal the operator to weigh for the last time

Back up and re-hitch; then pull clear of the scales.

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on the way back pretty much empty water same gear. Front 7120lbs rear 6280lbs, total 13400lbs. I did raise the bars up one on the WDH. Man I just don't know.
We can crunch the numbers for you once we have valid ones to work with. You have introduced too many variables to make your weighs mean much.

The combined weight and the GVW of the TRUCK are the only numbers you have that are valid. Without knowing the actual tongue weight AND the unhitched weight of the truck you can not know the camper weight.
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I talked to the scale operator they said I could come back and do it that way, next time im in. They were pretty helpfull.
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