Hoping to get a little help. I am starting to see stars with so much information. I know it should be basic. The math is black and white, but then opinions and suggestions make it all confusing. Do this, don't do that, it should work, no way would I haul that, etc. I loved the article about it being "our" decision and we must determine what we can handle and are willing to handle for our safety and those on the road. With that said, I would love a little help for this wife who is told "we can do this TT if we mind our cargo."
We own a 2012 Silverado: crew cab, short bed, no 4x4, no tow package (4.8 L, V8, 3.23 axle) and no we have no plans to upgrade.
We know we can't tow much, so we are looking at a Forest River ultra light with a GVWR of 4718. The truck's GVWR is 4700.
We understand that to make this TT a possibility we will have to play with the weight. We won't haul with tanks full (full water is 350lb), if it's a longer trip where we need extra cargo then we will take our second vehicle to help balance the load, and plain and simply we won't take lots of cargo. I know it adds up quick! We have a pop up now with limited storage, so we know we need to keep this same mind frame for cargo with an ultra and our truck. We have a weigh station near by and plan to have the truck weighed with just our family in it to get a more accurate idea.
So basically what I'm asking help on is whether this is a safe option and maybe a little help with the math? I know it is a personal choice/option and some would rather trade up for a larger TV and have no worries. But... That isn't an option now.
Thank you from an overwhelmed wife ;-)