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Old 09-30-2016, 04:12 PM   #61
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I'm still fairly new here; but these threads come along on a pretty regular basis.

OP - better tires (LT rated vs. the P's that are likely there now) inflated properly, and tranny cooling will help. PROPERLY installed and setup WDH with sway control is a must - and just because the dealer installed it, doesn't mean it's properly set up.

But nothing (air bags, extra springs, a tuner chip, magic seat covers, or anything else) will increase the legal weight ratings and capacities of your truck. The sticker on the door jam is what it is. Period.

Many people run overweight or overloaded in one or more of their rig's ratings - some by choice, many by ignorance (not in a negative way; ignorance as in unaware)... And most do so without ever having an issue.

You should be aware of the weights, ratings, and where your setup falls - if you're mildly over some of your ratings, and you're OK with that; that's on you - at least you're aware, and making an informed choice.

If you're wildly over (and some here, who tow substantial 5vers or TT's with 1/2t or even 3/4t are, in my opinion) - well then you're being reckless; but that's also your choice to make - and accept the potential consequences it brings.

There is an emerging trend in personal injury/auto accident lawsuits, to dive deeper into the vehicles then before; even if some here don't believe it. A quick bit of Google can show you lawyers advertising for "hurt by an RV?" business - and specifically mentioning things like overweight setups.

I towed with a 1/2t - and it did the job - but even with LT tires, a properly setup hitch, etc; it never felt the way I wanted it to under my ass. Relatively long trailer, light truck, short wheelbase - it just wasn't enjoyable to drive for any length of time.

My solution was more truck. I went with a substantial upgrade to be ready (and legal) for the planned 5ver that's in my future - but that's me.

If you can try a few simple things (tire pressures, type of tires, WDH setup) - you may be happier with the ride. Or you may find it's still not the experience you want it to be; and end up truck shopping...

Only you know what's right for you. We can offer suggestions and guidance - but not one of us knows the right answer, despite what some may say.

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Old 09-30-2016, 04:43 PM   #62
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You can try and justify it any way you want to. All this tells me is there's a lot of people driving around over there GCVWR. This vehicle with this trailer and all the things that come with it would be also.

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Old 09-30-2016, 05:18 PM   #63
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
captainperry, will you be riding in it?
I would not be either but if an accident a good lawyer will put you in the poor house, rightly so if you hurt anyone but yourself.
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:21 PM   #64
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:49 PM   #65
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Originally Posted by Seachaser186 View Post
When someone starts one of these threads they should state the obvious. "We all know or should know that a 3/4 or 1 ton truck is a more capable towing vehicle than a 1/2 ton; however I am more interested in what improvements I can make to my stock 1/2 ton truck for a better towing experience."
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Old 09-30-2016, 08:43 PM   #66
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Op I tried timbrens. It a cheap upgrade but does not really help, airbags would do better for you.

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Old 09-30-2016, 09:28 PM   #67
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I re-read the OP's original post. I think he knows he needs a bigger truck, but is hoping someone will give him a magic bullet. I don't think any of the suggestions given are really magic bullets.

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Old 09-30-2016, 09:32 PM   #68
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I would agree. Towing 900 lbs over on my half ton I upgraded as the rear diff was smelling quite a bit after long interstate tow home.
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I towed smaller 5vers for years with a half ton. Sure, you can add overloads, shocks, and all manner of coolers, but the bottom line is that even when within weight specs, that half ton is working hard and will never be as stable or as strong pulling as a larger truck. In a strong head wind, you might as well pull over and take a nap (especially with that gas motor. A strong cross wind and your knuckles go white. So whenever you can afford it, trade it in for a 3/4 or 1 ton. And after you do, you will kick yourself for waiting so long to make the change😁
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:01 AM   #70
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trying to make your truck bigger than it really is would be the equivalent of falling for all the "enlargement pill" ads you see

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