Hello, Turbo and Ependydad There are alot of interesting threads on weights, towing and what not. When I bought our new RV, I thought I did all the research I needed, but when I visited and participated in this site, I figured out I didn't know everything, but what can I say, I'm a guy. A 3500 would be over-kill for me and a 2500 is in my future.........BUT. What I have gathered is, the truck'ssuspension can handle a specified weight and the truck's engine and gear ratio can handle a specified weight. I already knew I had to look at towing capacity (GCVWR) and payload. I thought I had it all figured out and for the short trips we take, I am overloaded, but good for now until I get a new TV. But, there is still so many contradicing thoughts from towers and truck sellers. For example: If you have a 2013 GMC 2500 crew cab with 3.73 gears, you can tow 9,700 lbs. and the payload is 3066 lbs. But, if you have the same truck with a diesel, you can tow 15,800 lbs. Same suspension, different drive train. Both trucks handle the same weight, but the deisel can "pull" more.
So why wouldn'tI have thought that with my 1500? If the same truck can handle more based on engine or gear ratio, I mustbe good. Ser my point?
So, I am thinking that I need a 2500 after the beating I took last week, (which was fun and I was not offended) but if I go to a 2500 GMC Sierra Crew Cab, the max tow is 9400 lbs. (disappointing) The payload difference is huge, 1300 for the 1500 RAM to 3066 for the GMC. The GCWR for the Dodge is 14K and 16K for the GMC.
So, I could trade my truck in for a new 2500 but the tow ratings are so close, I have to wonder if it'sreally worth it. What do you think?? Without telling me to go to the scales. They are 57 miles away. And, I don't think the dealer will let me bolt a fifth wheel hitch in the truck and borrow it for 6 hours to hook my RV up and take it for a round trip to the scales.
Lets look at Turbo's set-up for an example. He tows a a 5r with a 1872 pin, Dry Trailer of 9572 and fully loaded of 12032. Now, if He pulled that with a GMC 2500 Gasser, would He be overloaded ?
Looking for feedback, not a towing lesson, please
Steve & Betsy
2017 DYNAMAX Isata 3
Days Camped, Not Enough