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Old 03-29-2010, 06:10 PM   #11
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No those weren't my tire tracks, that's the neighbors yard. I probably would have gotten stuck.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:44 PM   #12
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What are the towing specs for your Titan? That's a lot of trailer.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:16 AM   #13
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Equiped with the tow package it's rated to tow 9300lbs. The trailers dry weight is about 6700lbs., add supplies and stuff I'm still not even close to that weight. I just have to keep any eye on my GVW, it's pretty close. The truck tows great, lots of power and gets up to highway speed pretty quick. It handled great at 60-65mph in heavy wind with on problems.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:37 AM   #14
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I'm looking at a 8280ss to pull with a GMC half ton, and it seems that it's the GCWR that's also close for me, tho the other weights are ok (IF the trailer is 6300lbs as advertised). That's why I asked.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:01 PM   #15
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Equiped with the tow package it's rated to tow 9300lbs. The trailers dry weight is about 6700lbs., add supplies and stuff I'm still not even close to that weight. I just have to keep any eye on my GVW, it's pretty close. The truck tows great, lots of power and gets up to highway speed pretty quick. It handled great at 60-65mph in heavy wind with on problems.
Congrats on the new 5'er. Looks really nice.

Just curious. What is your payload capacity? I beleive I've read where 5'ers have a hitch load of 20-25% of the loaded 5'er. If you add 1,000 lbs, that would be a loaded weight of 7,700, which would give you a hitch weight of 1,540-1,925 lbs. Do you have enough after you subtract from your payload capacity all items and people loaded in your tv plus the weight of the hitch itself? Also, do you have load range e tires?

I always thought the payload capacity was the weak point as far as 1/2 tons and 5er's. Although I am seeing more and more people using 1/2 tons to tow 5'ers.

Like I said, just curious. Your tv looks like it sets good and level with the 5'er hitched up.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:03 PM   #16
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You always hear this 20 – 25% pin weight as a % of total weight. If you listen to some on that other forum, ??.net, you should use 25% of the camper’s GVWR to size the tow vehicle. That would have most of us towing with a one ton dually.

I weighed our camper empty on our way home from Elkhart…7300 lbs total with a pin weight of 1100 lbs. That’s 15% pin weight and I thought it towed great. I know that we’ll add 1000 lbs of stuff to be ready to camp. Using the example of 20 to 25% pin weight, I should be 1660 to 2075 lbs on the pin. That would mean most of the added weight in the front of the camper. As the floor plan is a rear kitchen, lot of loaded weight will go there. I have to offset that with gear in the 5er’s basement. I expect that the pin weight will be 15 – 17% loaded.

I believe that the pin weight of the camper is mostly dependent on design and floor plan…you can look at the layout, the storage areas and know it’s going to impact on the loaded weight. I couldn’t get our camper to 20% pin weight without putting concrete blocks up front.

I’ve read lots of posts were a 15% pin weight tows just fine.

To your point, payload is frequently the limiter, regardless the size of the tow vehicle.


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Like I said, just curious. That's why I asked someone who has a 1/2 ton and 5'er. I don't have the personal experience myself.

Sorry, I did mis-quote the Ford Towing Guide. It states "Trailer king pin weight should be 15-25% of total loaded trailer weight."

I'm not trying to start a tv war. Just trying to educate myself. I know that the 1/2 ton I had would be over my payload using the 15% x 7,700, plus hitch, plus what I loaded in the tv. But I also know that todays 1/2 tons, especially the hd's, have higher payload capacities. I just didn't know how much and that's why I was asking.

The Ford Towing Guide I have gives the GCWR and towing capacities, which went up in '09, but not payload.

I have noticed that more people are using 1/2 tons to tow 5'ers and I was also wondering if they use load range e tires.

So like I said, just curious.
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No intention of offending or starting any TV war...just providing some information on our situation/set-up.

As far a payload limits, that really depend on one's view of what dictates the limit...the truck's GVWR or rear axle weight ratings. I don't want to start that discussion here...it been beaten to death on other forums.

What I can say is that there's a 3/4 ton tow vehicle in our future, just not sure when.

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As far a payload limits, that really depend on one's view of what dictates the limit...the truck's GVWR or rear axle weight ratings. I don't want to start that discussion here...it been beaten to death on other forums.Dave
I understand what your saying. GVWR minus actual loaded tv weight or RAWR or tire rating or wheel rating?????

It's enough to drive us all crazy. Maybe we should all get 1 ton duallys and tow pop ups!

Good luck on the new tv. I hear the new Dodges are nice. Ford is all new in 2011, so don't know how good yet. I guess Chevy is still Chevy. They seem to do good. I don't think you'll go wrong in whatever you choose.
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:50 AM   #20
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What's going on here! You guys are crashing my party. We're very happy with our new Rockwood and our Titan seems the same way.
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