Originally Posted by dangerdave
Scoutr2 thank you.
Because I'm close, and I know all the cautionary caveats....
Honestly how conservative are these figures? Do I have ANY leeway on this?
If I'm 500 over am I going off the road in a fiery ball of death?
Note that the 8750# is the MOST your trailer can safely carry. There is another spec there labeled "dry weight." That's what your trailer weighs, from the factory, without any accessories. Accessories can include batteries, propane tanks (filled), awning, and any other option your dealer might add, such as a propane grill on the rear bumper. Only a CAT scale will tell you your actual weight.
When I bought my 2007 Keystone Outback, I was very close to my capacities with my 1500 Suburban. Technically, I was within the limits. But the Sub struggled mightily with the load. Handling was dismal. And I never felt truly safe or secure in the thought of the Sub dying in mid-trip some day. When I upgraded to my 3/4-ton Crew Cab, the difference was like night and day!
IF you are very judicious about what you load into your trailer and the bed of your truck, you should be OK. But you will still be testing the limits of the truck's specs. So only you can decide whether or not you want to test the waters. Do you intend to take long trips? Are your travels mostly mountainous/hilly, or are they mostly flat land? What kind of condition is your truck in? Lots of things to consider.
Ball of fire? Probably not. But Dead-On-Road? Maybe. And again, you may be fine. But personally. I enjoy trips more when I am confident I can get to my destination safely and with few hassles.
I was lucky enough to be able to afford trading tow vehicles right after buying a new trailer. Not everyone can do that. Perhaps you can find a trailer a little smaller/lighter - or are you absolutely rock-solid sold on the 27RLS? Just something to think about.