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Old 09-02-2015, 01:28 PM   #11
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esloser,

I think you may want to check your trucks GCWR . If I figured out your model correctly --Crew short box you have a GCWR Rating of 15,000 lbs- your 8800 leaves you a 6200 GVW for your TV.
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:50 PM   #12
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The WDH does not increase the towing capacity. It just more evenly distributes the weight across the TV axles. Also it appears you are trying to manipulate the numbers to justify your situation. That will not work. Yes the truck and trailer will go down the road but you will not enjoy your trip nor will you have any margin for unexpected emergencies.
Not trying to give you a hard time, but I would not tow that trailer with your existing TV.
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:07 PM   #13
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I'm with you Joe in PA! My '03 1500 struggled pulling my old Wildwood 27'. It would do it but struggled on long grades. Not to mention the strain on the tranny. The truck did ok with the Equalizer Hitch. The hitch kept things in line but you still had to drive the truck, took a lot of attention. I up graded to a '09 2500HD 6.0 gasser, 6 speed tranny. It made all the differance in the world. The heavier truck made pulling much easier. I felt more at ease. I have moved to the 5th wheel world pulling a '14 Keystone Sprinter, 32' with the same truck. It still has the MOJOE to pull this trailer with ease. Plus the 5th wheel pulls way easier than the ball hitch unit.

The other thing to look at is the load range rating of your 1500 tires. They may be too light for the weight your thinking of going to. All in all the 1/2 ton trucks are light. They were not built to pull BIG trailers. My thought is if you are maxing out the payload and pushing the length you are getting on thin ice.

Safety is everything! FWIW
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:11 PM   #14
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You will run out of payload way before you obtain your published towing limit. You will never be able to safely tow a 9,200 pound travel trailer -- it just can't happen.

What is the GCWR for your truck?

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Old 09-02-2015, 02:20 PM   #15
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My understanding is that a weight distributing hitch will take 25% off the hitch and put it back on the trailer, take 25% off the hitch and put it on the front axle of the truck, and leave 50% on the hitch directly.
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I believe my Equalizer works by distributing the hitch weight to the front of the tow vehicle and not by shifting any weight to the trailer.
The law of moments (explained very clearly here) says equal moments (torques) are applied forward of and behind the TV's rear axle. The transferred weight will thus be distributed so that:

weight added to trailer axle
--------------------------- =
weight added to front axle

distance between front & rear axles (TV wheelbase)
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distance between rear axle & trailer axle

For example, if the distance from the rear axle to the trailer axle is 2 times the TV's wheelbase, then:

wt added to trailer axle / wt added to front axle = 1/2
so 1 part in 3 is added to the trailer, 2 parts in 3 to the front axle
or 33% is added to the trailer, 67% to the front axle.

Esloser's case of redistributing equally between the front and trailer axles will be true if the distance from the rear axle to the trailer axle is equal to the TV's wheelbase, which would imply a very short trailer.
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:37 PM   #16
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Sounds like you have convinced yourself. Get out there and enjoy the outdoors.
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:13 PM   #17
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Truck Payload = 1,746 (according to door sticker)

That's going to be your limitter.

You have 5 people to put in the truck, and any stuff, plus the weight of the hitch.

That dry hitch weight is not very helpful. you should have 12% of the total wet Tt weight on the hitch.

You're very quickly eating up that 1,746 that the truck can CARRY (not tow).
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:49 PM   #18
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overloaded

Just my 2 cents.
Get a 2500 or 3500 truck. You are way too close to overloading a 1500.
I agree with everybody here 's comments. Don't ask a car salesman!!!!!
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You will run out of payload way before you obtain your published towing limit. You will never be able to safely tow a 9,200 pound travel trailer -- it just can't happen.

What is the GCWR for your truck?

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GCWR for the truck is 15,000 lbs.
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Old 09-02-2015, 06:31 PM   #20
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Believe me, if I could talk myself into a bigger truck, I'd already be down at the dealership. But, this is my daily driver and is leased for another 3 years. I did look at 2500's but owning a vehicle just doesn't make sense to me anymore. You're looking at $45,000 - $60,000 and $1,000+ per month payment. You'll be underwater until the day you pay off the note or trade it in on a loss, unless you put a ridiculous amount down - but why do that for a depreciating asset. I just figure a vehicle is an expense - most certainly not an asset. And, of course, most car companies don't like to lease 2500's or 3500's.
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