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Old 06-16-2014, 01:02 PM   #21
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A new vehicle and a new golf cart....that would surprise your husband!!!
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:07 PM   #22
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Upgrade to a new TV with a 8 ft box and you might have all the payload you require. A 1 ton Ford or Ram would do it.
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:23 PM   #23
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As a very happy Tundra owner, that's just too much weight, for ANY half-ton. I think 3/4 ton is questionable even.

I've seen people do it, I personally wouldn't though.
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:26 PM   #24
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Truck is paid off and we're in love with our TT so those aren't an option.... this may be a stupid question, but can you trailer a trailer behind the TT??

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Old 06-16-2014, 02:08 PM   #25
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Truck is paid off and we're in love with our TT so those aren't an option.... this may be a stupid question, but can you trailer a trailer behind the TT??

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Depends on what your state DMV says. Google your state and dbl/triple towing. I'm in Oregon and we can't tow a trailer behind a trailer. Some states require a 5th wheel to tow another trailer. It just depends. There's also length limits as well.

Probably your only alternative at this point.

But, my guess is your probably maxed right now with just the TT as far as what weight the truck can carry. Whats your max tow rating?
The 2nd trailer at 5-700lbs plus the 1300lbs for golf cart could put you at your tow limit as well.

Your problem is the standard problem with 1/2 ton truck owners. 1/2 tons run out of carrying capacity long before they run out of towing capacity.
It's really tough to tow much more than 6000lbs with a 1/2 ton truck and not be maxed out on payload. Especially if you add in a couple kids and their gear.
Lots of people buy a truck without the idea that they will be towing. Then when they start looking at TT's they get caught up in the bigger would be nicer thinking. All the while not knowing what their truck can carry and just knowing the tow rating. After they buy the big TT they then realize they don't have enough truck. It's not a bad thing, it's just the order of events that lots of families go thru. Unless it's their 2nd or 3rd TT that they're buying then a situation like yours is all too common. As they say 'Live And Learn"

JMHO but I don't think the idea is really feasible. Just rent a GC where you go.
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:12 PM   #26
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Seems the OP isn't really understanding our advice or doesn't really want to understand it since it doesn't fit their plans.

There's no law that I know of that says you can't do what you want to do but common sense should tell you that you can't do what you want to do.
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:28 PM   #27
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I'm just trying to explore all of my options. I really don't understand a lot of this and trying to do this without asking my husband has been difficult. I want to understand, I've researched a lot on line and it's all mixed answers.

You're absolutely right. We bought the truck and ever had a clue we'd be camping! Our trailer is not on the heavy side at all, but I was hoping it would be more doable. Thanks again for all of the help everyone!

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Old 06-16-2014, 02:38 PM   #28
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I'm just trying to explore all of my options. I really don't understand a lot of this and trying to do this without asking my husband has been difficult. I want to understand, I've researched a lot on line and it's all mixed answers.

You're absolutely right. We bought the truck and ever had a clue we'd be camping! Our trailer is not on the heavy side at all, but I was hoping it would be more doable. Thanks again for all of the help everyone!

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If you're planning on using the golf cart outside of camping also...Get the cart for Hubby and let the two of ya figure out how to get it to the campgrounds!
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I can't weigh in either way for or against carrying the gulf cart on the truck. But, is taking 2 vehicles an option when you want the golf cart? You could get a little utility trailer to carry the golf cart on and likely tow that with the lightest of tow vehicles.
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:46 PM   #30
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It's really cool what you're trying to do for your husband. And I'm sure it's really frustrating as well. But at least you've asked for advice and didn't just go buy the GC not knowing whether you could carry it or not.
The weight issue is really simple.
Trucks come with a GVWR. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. That's the max weight that the truck can weigh.
They also come with an UVW. Unloaded Vehicle Weight. That's the truck without anyone or thing in it.
The best way to find out what your truck can carry beside using the door sticker is to weigh the truck all loaded without the TT hitched up. That's probably impossible for you to do without your DH knowing why you want to do it.

What you can carry in your truck is based on what the truck weighs empty vs what the trucks GVWR is. I.E say the truck weighs 5800lbs empty and has a GVWR of 7200lbs. That means you can carry 1400lbs of passengers and gear. The trailers tongue weight is also subtracted from the 1400lbs because it's considered payload.

So every ones just giving you hypothetical guesstimations based on what they know about your truck. We don't know the real empty weight or how much you and your DH + kids weigh. But it's not hard to see that even just putting in you and your DH plus a GC in the truck would put you over the trucks GVWR. And you haven't even hitched up the TT yet.

Any suspension enhancements won't allow you to carry more. Adding airbags or stiffer springs will only make the truck sit level. They won't change the trucks GVWR.

It's a really nice thought to get the GC but it's really impossible to do. Consider yourself fortunate in that you came on here 1st and as such your DH doesn't have a GC he can't take with him while camping.
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