Originally Posted by Davidceder
If I do this I will also be purchasing a 3/4 ton pickup of some kind. We really like the 33ckts at the 37+ feet. It has a dry weight (brochure of course) of 9767lbs and a hitch weight of 2,048. For example a Ford Super Duty 250 Diesel has a max pull weight of 14,000 lbs and a payload of 3150 lbs with the short bed. Does anyone see a problem with this set up? For sure I don't want to purchase the wrong thing.
In general, you're going to lose a little or a lot of advertised payload by the time you are ready to camp in the truck between you, spouse, kid(s), stuff you carry, add-ons for the truck (my RetraxPro bed cover alone is pretty heavy) and then the hitch itself. I was pretty shocked to find that the difference for me between my yellow sticker and my actual weight of the truck indicated that I had loaded 1,100 pounds into it. It meant that instead of 4,200 pounds of payload capacity, I had an actual 3,100 pounds of payload capacity.
After that, I had a good 2,500 pounds difference from what the advertised "dry weight" of my camper was and where I landed ready to camp. Bearing in mind, it was the first trip of the season; I had nearly empty propane tanks; generally empty holding tanks with only about a 1/2-2/3 load of water and significantly less food/drinking water than I normally carry. I wouldn't be surprised to see that end up another 500-1,000 pounds with my normal accumulation through-out the season and the varying levels of fluids in the tanks.
Personally, I think it's safest to plan off of the trailer's maximum weight (the GVWR) when planning on weight calculations. The pin weight is usually 20-25% of the trailer's weight; though, there are fringe cases and layouts where it's less (for instance, my camper is only 16% pin weight).
Are you in one-ton territory? Likely. Are you in dually territory? Hard to say without looking at actual payload capacities and doing some maths.