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Old 02-05-2015, 05:42 PM   #91
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I think most want to be too optimistic or do not know what dry weight really means. A 5000 pound tow rating and a 4500 lb dry weight is more than like going to be considerably over weight. Dry weight will only be that at the factory and empty just one time will almost always be heavier after that. Gross weight would be a closer number to go by (hopefully worst case).


What ever happened to trying to use a safety factor of 10 % under the gross capacity of the tow vehicle.

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Old 02-05-2015, 06:17 PM   #92
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This site suggests 20% safety allowance. Thought it was interesting.
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:49 PM   #93
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Am I 'over weight'? Yep, (at least by the sticker specs) and as long as the wife wants 'it' to go with us and I can still close the front door.... stuff is going inside the camper.

The truck can 'pull it' fine and I am not squatting....
As long as you feel safe and can keep the wife happy, then.....
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:05 PM   #94
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I look for a trailer around 6000 lbs and go for the best tow package (eg. F150 Ecoboost, max tow, then change out the tires for 10 ply load range E if not already there. 44 years of towing with never a problem.
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:23 AM   #95
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Total Bliss that site also says this :
The GMC Sierra 1500 is fine for a pop-up trailer, but a larger towable trailer might be too taxing.
I am sure there are lots of people on this site that wood disagree.
It's generic statements like this that I don't like.
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:04 AM   #96
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Total Bliss that site also says this :
The GMC Sierra 1500 is fine for a pop-up trailer, but a larger towable trailer might be too taxing.
This statement alone indicates that the "information" found on that site is flawed and not factual. I found it on the Internet, so it must be true....
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:14 AM   #97
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Dont think the sites all that flawed. Opinions on towing is a mixed bag wherever you look.
One has to decide what's right or safe for them.
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:38 AM   #98
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Dont think the sites all that flawed. Opinions on towing is a mixed bag wherever you look.
One has to decide what's right or safe for them.
You have to admit that's a pretty extreme viewpoint, though. A 1/2 ton truck is good for a pop up only???? If someone actually told me that and believed it, I'd have to laugh out loud.
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You have to admit that's a pretty extreme viewpoint, though. A 1/2 ton truck is good for a pop up only???? If someone actually told me that and believed it, I'd have to laugh out loud.
Personally, "my own rule of thumb". v8 5.3 1500 1/2 ton truck I would try and stay to no more then 6000 something lbs. More heavier then that I would prefer to go to 3/4 ton truck.

But that's just me and I know others will see this differently.

Now a 4.3 1/2 ton may be in the pup only class imo
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My opinion of "1/2 tons" as tow vehicles is changing as the specs on the new units come out.

Properly equipped, some of those units are beasts and have higher GVWRs than most "3/4 ton" vehicles just a few years ago.

My daughter was looking a an F350 heavy duty work truck with utility body just 10 years old that had a GVWR LESS than my 2008 GMC 2500 and WAY less than the new "3/4 ton" units.
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