Originally Posted by kantonburg
I appreciate the advice. I still haven't made my mind up. Safety is obviously the issue. This is the frustrating part of the process. The numbers all say I'm within my limit, maybe close, but it all works out. Then you have one side telling you yep you're good and those are typically who are in my situation with a regular 1/2 ton vehicle. The other side is telling you no way. There is never any gray area in all the research I've done.
I went through this too. Different truck, different trailer, but basically the same concept. I was good on paper, and I thought that was good enough. Turns out, for me it wasn't. I also had some other circumstances thrown into the mix; when we first started, it was just me, DW and the wonder mutt. At that point, we were good on paper, weights were right under the max, and most of our towing was okay. Hills were a bit of a chore, and the truck seemed to struggle much of the time, but I wasn't worried about breaking stuff, and IMO we were pretty safe with our setup. I would say it wasn't optimal, but we made it work.
Then we got pregnant, and that changed everything. I knew weights would increase, and I wanted to be comfortable, so we upgraded our truck. It hurt a bit because I loved my old truck, and it cost a bit of money to make it work. But it was worth it, and I love my new truck every bit as much as I loved my old truck! LOL!
Anyway, my point is that just because it's good on paper, doesn't mean it works to your liking when you're hurtling down the road. If you go with your currently considered setup, and that ends up being right at your maximums, just make sure your expectations are in line. Don't expect it to be a one finger on the wheel, laid back, relaxing tow experience. It MIGHT be that way, but probably not. Just know that you're going to have to be diligent about your setup and your weights. And above all, make sure you're safe out there. Which is to say, make sure that you have good quality equipment, rated and adjusted properly, and that it is meticulously maintained to stay in top working order.
I think under the right circumstances it can be done, and done safely, but it will take some effort on your part.