Originally Posted by B and B
I have to agree with Oaklevel. The gross weight and calculate the pin weight should be deciding factors. The DW and I were looking at a Columbus 325RL GVWR 13,800 Pin at full CCC estimate would be 2,200. We have enough payload for this trailer should we decide to upgrade. Some heavy things we won't have is Washer and Dryer. We would move the same gear over to the new trailer. Just looking for outside kitchen and more storage bay space for lawn chairs and rear rack for the generator, taking this from truck box.
I'm not sure where you get you pin numbers?
20% of 13,800 is pin weight is 2760 lbs
25% of 13,800 is pin weight is 3,450 lbs
20% of the dry weight of 10654 is 2343 lbs.
Anything less that 20% is to light for safe towing. You said in another thread that 2350?? on the Yellow tag on your truck which doesn't included hitch, passengers, fuel and etc. If you could take 2760 pin weight your truck weight would have to 7,240 lbs loaded and ready to go camping and I would guess that it's really close to 8,000 just like my diesel 3/4 truck was or 8,200 like my 1 ton. With the floor plan you are looking at I bet the pin weight would be lot closer to 22% or 23% of trailer weight just like mine is.
With my 315RST on my 3/4 ton truck I was really close to my rear axle max weight limit. My unload rear axle was at 3250 and with the trailer attached it was 5960 that was not loaded to go camping so a pin weight of 3,000 put it 50 lbs over rear axle weight.
I suggest you put you truck on scales loaded as you going camping and get the front axle weight + rear axle weight - 10,000 GVWR = That's really CCC of the truck and take all the guess work out it. If you dealer told you something different then he is wrong - the scales tell the truth and only way to verify your true CCC for any give configuration. Just to make sure check you truck title and make sure it does say 10,000 GVWR since that is the only legal document give max your truck can weigh.
If still don't think that correct stop by highway scales and ask the attendant that weights trucks for living - I did and got ear full.
Just trying to make sure when or if you scale the truck and RV you won't be like me and be 780 lbs over CCC.
My 1 ton has a yellow tag weight of 3744 but putting on the scales as it sits today with just me in the truck it 3,280 CCC. My 3/4 ton truck yellow tag was 2475 and with just me in the truck the it was right at 2,000 CCC