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Old 02-09-2020, 07:27 AM   #41
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I fail to understand what length would have to do with towing capacity. Driver skill would have much more to do with what length of a trailer a truck can tow rather than the truck itself, as long as the weight capacity is not exceeded.
In general it has nothing to do with the TV manufacturers ratings. How it relates in the real world is how much air the side surface area catches and pushes the TV. Even in this scenario things such as TV to trailer weight ratio, trailer weight to its side surface area ratio, trailer axle position, trailer yaw inertia, and trailer COG position(loading), and tires can make the difference. The RV industry is going towards ultra light trailers making them just as long as ever but lighter weight which is not a good thing. No weight rating system takes this into consideration.
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Old 02-09-2020, 01:41 PM   #42
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In general it has nothing to do with the TV manufacturers ratings. How it relates in the real world is how much air the side surface area catches and pushes the TV. Even in this scenario things such as TV to trailer weight ratio, trailer weight to its side surface area ratio, trailer axle position, trailer yaw inertia, and trailer COG position(loading), and tires can make the difference. The RV industry is going towards ultra light trailers making them just as long as ever but lighter weight which is not a good thing. No weight rating system takes this into consideration.
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:01 PM   #43
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Have a 2018 silverado. 1500 v8. Did a lot of research. Finally decided a 24 ft. Is about as big of rv i would pull. Everyone will tell you that you could tow bigger. Pulled it this weekend. Trans temp never got over 190 and pulled great. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:47 PM   #44
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We have a 27RLWS, weighing 6295 dry(7200 to 7300 loaded), 31 and change overall length. We pull with a 19 Silverado 1500, with the 5.3, 8 speed transmission, trailering package, and the upgraded payload package. No, I wouldn't tow without my WDH unless it was an emergency and I would stop as soon as possible after the emergency was clear. With that being said, the truck tows the camper very well. I'm not saying "I don't even know it's there", but towing is predictable and controlled. Wind is noticed, but not enough to make me stop...just stay aware. I generally stay in the 65 to 70 mph range, so that helps.
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Old 02-10-2020, 09:50 PM   #45
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1/2 ton lenghth

We have a 2017 1500 Silverado LZ and our toy hauler is 29 ft it does fine. We had a 2004 SLE Silverado before that and it also pulled fine
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:20 PM   #46
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My 2017 Nissan Titan (gas) pulls any TT up to 26' and 7000# like a dream. My 32' toy hauler at 10,000# (loaded with UTV) is too much. We had a 14,000# WDH and it pulled the weight and steered fine, but in the wind it was really squirrely and wandered.
The 2017 Nissan Titan KC that I have states max tow is 9420.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:42 AM   #47
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Thats great. Had a dodge ram 1500 befor this and pull a much heavier trailer with it also. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:29 AM   #48
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I tow a 35 foot Cherokee 304R with my 2014 Ford 150 crew cab Tremor, Ecoboost. It pulls very well. Much better than our previous 27 ft Thor. I have added airbag system to improve the handling on winding roads.
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:38 AM   #49
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1/2 ton

I have a 2017 Ram 1500 short bed with a Rambox. I tow a Keystone Cougar 27SGS half ton 5er. I had to install a Sidewinder pinbox, but, everything works just fine. It's like nothing is back there. DW and I love it. I don't have any trouble with grades either. Of course, I have been towing around the south. Watch your specs, and drive like a big boy, you'll be fine.
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Old 02-11-2020, 10:20 AM   #50
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I have come across a lot of discussion on how much weight a half ton can tow but not how long it is capable of. I have a 2019 Silverado 1500 looking at a Grey Wolf 23dbh or 26dbh. Dealerships claim both to be "half ton towable" but I think they are talking about weight. Is 29' or 32' too long? I did the numbers and weight all works out so I don't need answers to that. Just opinions on length (with or without sway hitch).

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rkclark2011, Assuming the TT weight is not an issue, I think that you will find a limit of 30 ft on the TT would be the longest I would try with a 1/2 ton PU truck. The sidewalls make a great big sail and any cross wind will set the TT to swaying and the truck doesn';t weigh enough to control the sway. I would definitely recommend you use a weight distribution hitch with anti-sway to minimize any chance of uncontrolled sway ... you don't want to end up with the tail wagging the dog into a catastrophe!

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Old 02-12-2020, 07:56 AM   #51
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I have a 2017 Silverado, 5.3 litre.
Standard gearing. (non Tow-package)



I tow a 30' Toy Hauler.
With Coolers, Harley, Luggage, wife, dog, etc. I am near max capacity but just under it.


I was skeptical as well. Kind of thought the RV Dealership was overselling the "1/2Ton Towable" aspect but turns out they weren't.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:11 AM   #52
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It's easy to fall for the advise of 3-4 chicken little's on the different forums running around telling you a 1/2 ton can't tow 6000 lb trailer or anything over 25 feet'. You start to believe it if you hear it enough. Then you travel and see all the 1/2 tons at the camp sites arrive with no issues pulling Medium sized rigs.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:50 AM   #53
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I tow a camper which is 9000lbs and has a total length of 34' 11" with a F150 with the HDPP.
I have two Curt anti sway bars and it works fine.
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Old 03-03-2020, 09:32 AM   #54
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This is a rather long train already, but I'll add one more personal experience for what it is worth. We have a Ford F-150 Ecoboost crew cab that we use to pull a Grey Wolf 26 DBH. I use a WDH with sway bars. We have never had any difficulties or issues with it. Length has never been an issue for towing, even climbing the switchbacks in southern North Carolina traveling to our campsite.
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