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Old 11-17-2009, 03:22 PM   #1
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Towing Calculator

I was going to add this to the debate between a 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton truck, but it has been closed. I would like to add this web site to the debate: http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-...eight-fw.shtml
I went through this debate before I bought my truck. I bought a 3/4 ton with diesel power for a trailer that has a GVWR of 8300 lbs. The calculator states that even with a margin of 13900 lbs. which is what my truck can tow that with the safety margins recommended by the RV and Insurance industries that I come very close to the limit. My calculations show, within 700 lbs. This calculator became my bible towards finding a truck for my needs. If of course you fiddle with the safety margins, you will find that you can make it come out to justify the truck you have, but you are only kidding yourself. Safety and not your wallet should be your criteria for a truck. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:24 PM   #2
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Wow! Great site. I had never been to it before. Thanks!
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:37 PM   #3
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I was going to add this to the debate between a 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton truck, but it has been closed. I would like to add this web site to the debate: http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-...eight-fw.shtml
I went through this debate before I bought my truck. I bought a 3/4 ton with diesel power for a trailer that has a GVWR of 8300 lbs. The calculator states that even with a margin of 13900 lbs. which is what my truck can tow that with the safety margins recommended by the RV and Insurance industries that I come very close to the limit. My calculations show, within 700 lbs. This calculator became my bible towards finding a truck for my needs. If of course you fiddle with the safety margins, you will find that you can make it come out to justify the truck you have, but you are only kidding yourself. Safety and not your wallet should be your criteria for a truck. Just my 2 cents worth.
I have one thing to say, "don't spare the money, spare a life" Spend the money on the correct truck that is needed to do the job no matter if It is a 1/2 or 3/4 ton. The life you save may be your own and put your family first. You have hit the nail right on the head.
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Old 04-14-2010, 03:44 PM   #4
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This calculator site should be a "Sticky".

I used this site when choosing my 5th wheel trailer and it caused me to stop considering a lot of trailers.

When I arrived in my Long Bed Xtended Cab 2500HD Allison/Duramax all the dealers said "You can pull anything on our lot" WRONG!!!

You can tell when a trailer salesman is lying about tow capacity because their lips are moving

Sure todays half ton trucks will pull a lot of trailers but how good do they stop and how long will the transmission last?

I think my truck pulling my 8285WS will yield better than average 5th wheel mileage.
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I was going to add this to the debate between a 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton truck, but it has been closed. I would like to add this web site to the debate: http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-...eight-fw.shtml
I went through this debate before I bought my truck. I bought a 3/4 ton with diesel power for a trailer that has a GVWR of 8300 lbs. The calculator states that even with a margin of 13900 lbs. which is what my truck can tow that with the safety margins recommended by the RV and Insurance industries that I come very close to the limit. My calculations show, within 700 lbs. This calculator became my bible towards finding a truck for my needs. If of course you fiddle with the safety margins, you will find that you can make it come out to justify the truck you have, but you are only kidding yourself. Safety and not your wallet should be your criteria for a truck. Just my 2 cents worth.
VERY well put! My opinion exactly. Nice to have something like this to refer too as I see way too many guys who say "my truck is rated to pull...." That is never the whole story. Safety should be the first concern but from the rigs I see every time we hit the road it is obvious for a lot of RV owners it isn't.

Thanks for the info.
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Tow vehicle maximum king pin weight rating

Been trying to plug the numbers into the chart listed here and can't come up with the "Tow vehicle maximum king pin weight rating". I have a 2009 Chevy 2500 HD 6.0 extended cab and 6.5' bed. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks
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