Originally Posted by 82corvette
snip......If it feels safe I guess I will sell my GMC. Wish me luck!
Before you sell your 2500HD TV for the 1500 TV...., I would confirm the following:
* Compare the payload capacities of both vehicles. Some half tons can have a high tow rating and/or GCWR, but fall short in payload capacity... which is needed for the heavier TT tongue weights, TV passenger weight, and added TV cargo weight.
* Check Dodge's owners manual, in some cases the 20" rims may reduce towing capacity a little.
* The '04' Eagle 308 FBS can be a heavy TT depending on one's loading habits, so a 1,200lb loaded tongue weight is very realistic (my '05' Eagle 278 FBS has an actual 1,250lb loaded tongue weight).
Since you have the Dodge and to reduce the guess work, I would take it to a CAT scale under simulated loaded for camping conditions and weigh it. Subtract the CAT scale weight from the Dodge's GVWR (on drivers door)..., the remaining weight is for the TT's loaded tongue weight and anything not accounted for at the CAT scale.
I only bring this up because I know my '02' 2500HD has a published payload capacity above 3,000lbs, but many half tons are around half as much.