Originally Posted by Dennis Asher
I have a GMC Sierra 1500 w/ 6.2L engine; 143.5" wheelbase; Max Trailer Weight = 10,400 lbs. The SV305 show a GVWR of 10,989 lbs. My GVWR is 7,300 lbs. Do I have enough truck for this model if I take care not to load the trailer to its max capacity?
Dennis, you didn't list the year of your truck, but on more recent models the 10,400 lb tow rating is only for the 3.73 gears, with the heavy duty towing package. Make sure you have both of those options.
That trailer is over 35'......that is 1 long trailer. A vehicle with a longer wheelbase would be better. Regardless, a top notch sway control system will be needed. If you can't justify a Hensley or Propride hitch, a name brand WDH with intergrated sway control should be used.....Equal-i-zer 4 pt., Reese Straight Line Dual Cam, and Blue Ox are a few of the better hitches.
As Richard mentioned, staying under the GCWR is going to be a challenge, as well as the GVWR. The listed empty hitch weight is over 800 lbs, so your "ready to camp" weight is probably going to be well over 1000 lbs. Hang that weight on your hitch, along with empty weight of the truck, plus you and passengers plus camping gear in the bed, and that 7300 lbs. is going to difficult to stay under. I would suggest you go weigh the truck with you in it, add up the weights of the family, add at least a 1000 lbs. for the trailer hitch, and see what your final weight might be. And even if you can keep that weight under 7300 lbs., subtract that from the GCWR and see what your trailer can weigh. That trailer is going to weigh in the 8000 lb. range before adding your camping gear.
Also check the sticker on your receiver hitch to make sure it can handle the predicted tongue weight. Many manufacturers just put enough receiver hitch on their vehicles to handle the maximum towing weight. You receiver hitch might list 10,500 lbs., but sometimes will only rate it at 10% of that for a weight distributed tongue weight. 1050 lbs. might not be enough for that trailer.