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Old 05-12-2015, 03:25 PM   #11
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Oh good grief not another weight police thread. The model the OP is taking about has a UVW of just 8440 and pin weight of 1640. His 2500 Chevy with the 8.1 liter engine will handle that fifth wheel just fine. How about adding some constructive comments about the model he is thinking about buying.
Agreed. And some are quoting diesel 2500 specs when op says he has a gasser.
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Old 05-12-2015, 03:37 PM   #12
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GVWR minus scaled ready to camp weight will tell the OP his real world net cargo carrying capaclity. Of course that will not include the weight of the hitch unless he has it installed when he goes to the scales.
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My tv's gvwr is 9200 lbs
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Old 05-12-2015, 04:44 PM   #14
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Too bad Chevy quit offering the 8.1; they really need a gas engine between the 6.0 and the DuraMax
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Old 05-12-2015, 04:49 PM   #15
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I should add the truck is well equipped for towing. Has oil cooler trans cooler , hd rad , tow/haul mode switch
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Old 05-12-2015, 04:58 PM   #16
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My tv's gvwr is 9200 lbs
what is the weight loaded ready to travel?
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Old 05-12-2015, 05:05 PM   #17
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Don't know , don't have a hitch yet, haven't weighed the truck
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Old 05-12-2015, 05:14 PM   #18
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That should be the absolute first thing you need to do. Load up like your going camping, full tank of gas, fire wood family, basically everything you would normally have on board for a trip. Once you have a real world weight, add 250 pounds for a hitch and subtract the combined weight from your 9200 GVWR. That is your net cargo carrying capacity in the real world. Using 20% of any fifth wheels GVWR that you look at is a good starting point. As long as that number is less than your net cargo carying capacity your good to go. Over and you will not be happy.
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Old 05-13-2015, 04:32 PM   #19
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Well, here's my specs:
* 2007 Chevy 2500 HD, 6.6 Duramax Diesel, Allison Transmission, Roadmaster Active Suspension on the rear and Bullydog Tuner
* Sabre 32 RCTS 5th Wheel

Had my rig weight at a local truck Cat scale:
Truck Alone: 7,120 lbs (3,980 front axle / 3,140 rear axle)
Truck & Trailer: 18,240 (3,960 front axle / 5,540 rear axle / 8,740 trailer axle)

According to the Owner's Manual:
Maximum Trailer Weight: 15,700
GCWR: 22,000
"Fifth-wheel or gooseneck kingpin tongue weight should be 15% to 25% of trailer weight up to 3,000 lbs maximum"
"Trailer rating limited to 12,000 lbs with weight distributing hitch."


Checked the specs on the OP 8.1 gasser...depending on the rear axle, he should be able to get the same or a bit less than the specs for my vehicle above.

Love the Duramax! Mine pulls great and I get about 10ish mpg going 65-70. (Better than I used to get with my 1500 van with a 5.7 pulling my 1972 6,000 lb Airstream)
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My 8.1 has a 3.73 rear w posi
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