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Old 08-24-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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5th wheel towable with Silverado 1500

I have a 1/2 ton silverado looking at the 1/2 ton series wildcat fithwheels we go to the slopes often and will be staying in the rv , anybody have one of these ?
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:10 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

In my opinion, the manufacturer uses the term 'half ton towable' only looking at the max towing rating of the truck. The limiting factor is the payload capacity to carry the pin weight of the camper, not the max tow rating.

The best way to determine you true payload capacity is to weigh the truck, full fuel. all passengers, gear and 5th wheel hitch (estimate if you don't have one installed) and compare to the specs for your truck.

With dry pin weights of 1280 - 1560 lbs, that's a lot for any 1/2t truck outside the F150 with max payload option.

Sorry, probably not you want to hear or what the dealer would say.

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Here's some good information (from one of our members) about the details of doing the calculations for your specific situation:
http://learntorv.blogspot.com/p/what-can-i-tow.html
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According to the wt police, 1/2T trucks are barely able to hold 4 adults and a tank of gas before being over loaded according to the lawyer stickers on the inside of the doors.
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Great advice Old Coot to pass along...I'm sure that it answers their question.

I've always have been of the opinion that whatever you do, you do it knowingly...I guess you have a different idea.

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Great advice Old Coot to pass along...I'm sure that it answers their question.

I've always have been of the opinion that whatever you do, you do it knowingly...I guess you have a different idea.

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Having dealt with lawyers in the design field for years, I put absolutely no faith in the stickers on the trucks. Trucks are manufactured with a safety factor and I can guarantee them to be significantly greater than what is on the stickers. As I have said numerous times on this forum, they have nothing to do with the limits of the truck's load capacity and every thing to do with protecting the manufacturers from legal repercussions.

Exceeding the stickers by a significant amount is not a wise thing to do, but by the same token, saying they cannot be exceeded is likewise unwise which brings up the same folks say you cannot exceed such and such a sticker but will pull a trailer on st tires in excess of 65 mph and swear it is ok. Go figure.

JMO. Sorry to hijack the thread.

BTW, I have no trouble whatsoever towing a 2012 Flagstaff 8528RKWS with a 1500 Silverado with a 5.3 and a 3.23 rear end. I really don't know what I would gain with a 2500 or 3500 other than a faster acceleration, harsher ride empty, higher fuel consumption and an empty rear pocket.
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As I have said numerous times on this forum, they have nothing to do with the limits of the truck's load capacity and every thing to do with protecting the manufacturers from legal repercussions.
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BTW, I have no trouble whatsoever towing a 2012 Flagstaff 8528RKWS with a 1500 Silverado with a 5.3 and a 3.23 rear end. I really don't know what I would gain with a 2500 or 3500 other than a faster acceleration, harsher ride empty, higher fuel consumption and an empty rear pocket.
And perhaps with protecting the operator of such a vehicle from legal repercussions, should they be found at-fault in a collision.

As someone famous once said, just because you feel comfortable doing something you've been doing for many years doesn't mean that you should necessarily recommend the practice to someone without your experience.
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I have a 1/2 ton silverado looking at the 1/2 ton series wildcat fithwheels we go to the slopes often and will be staying in the rv , anybody have one of these ?
Here is the 2012 Towing Guide!
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Its a shame that the lawyers have put so much fear in people....
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And perhaps with protecting the operator of such a vehicle from legal repercussions, should they be found at-fault in a collision.

As someone famous once said, just because you feel comfortable doing something you've been doing for many years doesn't mean that you should necessarily recommend the practice to someone without your experience.
Would not recommend anyone to go over 1200# pin wt on a 1/2T with LT E rated tires and not over 800# especially if they are on P tires. JMO.
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