Originally Posted by mtnguy
Even though my 1/2 ton pickup tows my loaded 5500 lb., 28.5' Surveyor just great, if I had it to do over again, I would have gone with a 3/4 ton truck, or even overkill with a 1 ton truck for a future 5er. I travel near the GRWR of my truck, and wish I had more leeway with that.
Some of the trailers mentioned are going to have over a 9000 lb. GVWR, and are 34 to 35' long. Something to consider.
He does bring up a good point though, it's not just weight, but length that affects towing. That's a lot of surface area to control if a gust of wind hits it. I'm looking at doing a couple of upgrades on the truck to address any stability, suspension issues. Air bags, rear sway bars, brake pads, helper springs, cold air intakes etc. Which combination of these will have the best results, or for that matter are even necessary, i don't know. More research time for me.
As i stated, the truck will be replaced in 3 years, it's a lease for work. In the mean time i want to make sure it's as safe as possilble to tow my precious cargo.