Originally Posted by toddfrei
yes the sticker says the weight of passengers and cargo should not exceed 1375lbs.
thanks for all your help
Wow! That's surprising IMO on a vehicle with GVWR of 7350. I had about the same payload in my GMC 1500 with a much lower GVWR. I was dealing with a different (bigger) trailer though.
If I were you, I would get as many weights as you can, and be conservative with them (meaning I would use the heaviest reasonable weights I might expect). Take the truck to a scale to see what your REAL payload is. For the trailer, don't use the brochure tongue weights, they are not accurate to what you will experience. If you can find a trailer on the lot, it has its own yellow sticker that will list an "as shipped" weight that is much closer to reality. Personally, I would use the maximum GVWR on the trailer, and 15% of that number would be my estimated tongue weight. Compare that to what you have left on the truck. Then the decision is yours.
I have a feeling you're going to be very close to, if not over, your truck's specifications. If you decide to pull the trigger anyway, knowing you'll be close or over, you'll be in the market for a new truck (or a lighter trailer) in the next year or so. I see it all the time here, and I've been there myself.
I've said it before, and I've been there before too; just because it's good on paper doesn't mean you're going to like it going down the road. YMMV, but I was never comfortable towing on the margin with my previous setup.
Some people are perfectly comfortable going all the way up to 100% or more of their vehicle's rated specifications, but that's not for me. I take comfort in knowing that my truck can handle my trailer well beyond it's GVWR.
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