Originally Posted by ryanr12076
I know this is a long shot, but is there a way to beef up my truck to compensate for the difference to get me through at least 3-4 years? Sorry new to this whole thing and put myself in the hands of a salesman.... poor judgement!
Dude...I feel bad for you, but your dealer doesn't really care about your safety, he just wants to make a sale. There is nothing you can do to really add towing capacity or payload capacity, short of getting a new truck. Unfortunately, I went down this same road when I got my first travel trailer, and I did not understand all the weights and measurements, dry weight vs. actual weight, hitch weight, payload capacity, etc. I had a 6k pound loaded trailer and an Expedition with a 6500 tow capacity, and I quickly learned what all the numbers really meant.
I suggest you take some time and do some research as well to better familiarize yourself with what your truck can safely tow, With a 1/2 ton, I personally would never consider a 5th wheel. If you can get out of the deal for your camper, I would look at something else that your current truck can handle, or you can go ahead and get the 5th wheel, and look for a more andequate tow vehicle. If you can get out of the camper deal, I would also look for another dealer because I wouldn't trust anything your current dealer tells you. Best of luck, and let us know how it turns out.
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