Originally Posted by Jhowemca
Your payload is 1138 lbs. (total of what your truck is designed to carry)
The tongue weight of trailer is 800+lbs.
The driver and ONE passenger is 300+lbs.
A full tank of fuel is 150+ lbs.
1250 lbs (+ any other passengers, luggage, coolers, ect = unsafe).
Also not listed is the wdh (weight distribution hitch) which could be close to 100lbs, or ANY accessories that you (or the dealer) added to the truck after it rolled off the assembly line. Bed liner, tonneau cover/ fiberglass topper, mud flaps, HD floor mats, brush guard, etc all need to be included in the total toward your 1138lbs of payload....
Power wise you would probably be fine, you just don't have the suspension for that trailer. The other major number to watch is the rar (rear axle rating).
Try to pick a lighter trailer, or plan on upgrading the truck.
Keep in mind a tt (travel trailer) needs approximately 12-15% of the total loaded trailer weight to be "tw" (tongue weight). Meaning if you placed a scaled under the tongue of a 10,000lb loaded, ready to camp trailer you would have a tw of approximately 1200-1500lbs. Having this percentage of tw will help give a stable, safe towing experience. As mentioned though, this tw amount is included in the payload of the truck (tow vehicle).
Due to the tw of 12-15%, some suggest when shopping to use 13% of the trailer gvwr for a close estimate.
How much does the family weigh, and what do you plan on loading in the truck bed??? Any accessories added to your truck? This info can help us suggest a possible trailer. Do know that your trucks payload is fairly low which is going to be tough!! We had a '10 Chevy 1500 CCSB 4x4, but it had about 1550lbs of payload per the yellow sticker.
Another thing manufacture do is when they list a "brochure" dry trailer weight or tongue weight, sometimes "mandatory" options are not included in the dry trailer weight. The dry tongue (hitch) weight does not include the propane tank(s) or battery either!!! For 2-20lb tanks and a battery it adds about 120lbs to the tw. For 2-30lb tanks and a battery it adds about 160lbs to the tw.
Another concern is the trucks factory receiver hitch. It is only rated for about 1100lbs of tw (with a wdh) if I remember correctly from other posts.