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Old 11-03-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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Towing 10,000# 1/2 ton Chevy

So a friend of mine wanted to upgrade from a pop up to a Travel trailer. We went to a bunch of places in Southwest Florida looking for the best deal and size/weight unit.

2011 Chevy , 4.8 liter V8, Crew cab short bed. Checked the book out for capacities etc.

Camping Depot in Punta Gorda Florida says to us, 10,000 pounds no problem. I told the guy he was smoking crack.

I told my friend his wife would have to push up hill and drag her feet down hill.
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:38 PM   #2
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Tried that 10K trick with my 2012 RAM 1500 Hemi short bed. While it worked, it never felt really comfortable and going uphill was not, you might say, brisk. Gas mileage averaged in the 4.5 to 8.5 range, depending on the topography.....and it always felt like I was maxing out everything and there wasn't much margin for error
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:40 PM   #3
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It should be no problem at all..... For him. He will have his commission chesk in the bank before you find out that he was clueless. 10000 lbs will max out the best tow equipped 1/2 ton truck. Ya, they say they will tow 1000 or 11000 lbs but that will max out the capacity, no passengers, food, water, propane or equipment. I have a 2014 F150 crew, max tow, hd pkg and I would not try a 10000 ld (dry weight) tt. with installed options, passengers, food, water, propane and equipment you may be up around 11500 lbs and how about the tongue weight. probably between 900 and a 1000 lbs. Smaller trailer or bigger truck to match trailer.....
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Ended up at Camping World Fort Meyers with someone who had a brain and knowledge. Got a great deal on a 5700 pound trailer ( still somewhat heavy) 27' and a great deal. He may struggle a little on hills, but in Florida that is usually an exit ramp. He should be OK. Loaded it will be 6800#s.
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:55 PM   #5
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Ram Hemi 345 plus hp . Chevy 4.8 liter, really, never.
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:03 PM   #6
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He will want extra transmission cooling capacity and a tranny temp gage.

See rig in sig, all 1/2 tons need extra tranny cooling to tow at near max capacity, even with the factory tow package cooler, which you leave in line with the aftermarket cooler.
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Lol my sabre 5th wheel is 10,000 lbs uvw i would never in my life attempt towing it with a half ton.

I'm still waiting for the punch line.

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I have only a small amount of towing experience... but I know how/what I feel...I pulled a friends large 5er for about 10 miles.... I think the tag said 17,900 gross...and I was VERY uncomfortable...mostly casue the brakes felt funny..My little 11,500 5er feels like a 16ft utility next to that... dang
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:55 PM   #9
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It's not how much you can pull its how much you can stop. 1/2 ton truck has no business pulling a 10000 lbs anything. That salesman is not trustworthy and you need to find a new dealer.


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That's what I ALWAYS mean...if you can't stop or steer it...it doesn't matter if it will run or not.


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