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Old 02-12-2024, 04:34 PM   #1
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New guy with 1/2 ton

I am new to this group, but not new to camping or towing. Just bought a 2024 Jayco 265TH toy hauler. At 5400 pounds dry weight, I am going to pull it from Massachusetts to Florida with my half ton Silverado with weight distribution hitch and sway control. Cargo will likely be less than 1000 pounds. Research shows my truck can pull 9100 pounds. Having blown both a transmission and rear end in a previous Avalanche, I am a little concerned… thinking I may upgrade to a three-quarter ton in the future.
Looking for input from others, who have towed this camper with a half ton, and how the truck responded.
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Old 02-12-2024, 04:52 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

For starters the trucks tow capacity you referenced is not for travel trailers. That number is based on towing a lowboy style trailer which are usually balanced better for half ton towing and of course donít have the wind drag. In my opinion you need to factor in between a 20-25% reduction in tow capacity when referring to a travel trailer. Also your tongue weight will be pushing 1000 lbs if not over. Thatís a lot of weight for any half ton. Then throw in the length at 30í and itís a load. And keep in mind manufacturers weight ratings are often on the light side.

If you are experienced at towing heavy loads with a half ton and know how important speed is I think you will be ok. Oh and youíll need a quality weight distribution hitch with 4 points of sway control. A medium level or less WD hitch is going to make that trip less than desirable in my opinion. If you want to add another level of security a Shocker hitch head will help with porpoising but thatís another 700 bucks.
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What is your truck's payload?

Your tongue weight could be as high as 1350 pounds.

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Old 02-12-2024, 07:31 PM   #5
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Tongue weight is 800 with empty trailer. But less with bike in the back. Truck can take 800 pound tongue weight.
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Dry weight is a useless number, it's not dry with propane, a battery, and any of your stuff in it. Your GVWR is 7600. 12-15% tongue weight is ideal, so 912 to 1140 lbs of tongue weight. Plus the weight of your WDH.

What your truck can tow is pretty irrelevant. What is your PAYLOAD? Take your payload, subtract 912-1140 lbs for tongue weight, the weight of your hitch, the weight of your passengers and the weight of any gear that you'll haul in your truck.

Better yet, pack your truck, put on your WDH, get all your passengers and take it to a weigh station. Weigh your truck and subtract your loaded weight from your truck's GVWR. You need 912 to 1140 lbs left over for that camper.

The reality is that most half ton trucks aren't going to be great for towing. A family of 4 or 5 people, some bikes in the bed, maybe a grill or Blackstone... doesn't leave a ton of room for trailer.

A 3/4 ton is a better option. If buying new, just get a 1 ton and have more available payload when your next camper inevitably grows.
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Agree with spoon059. I'm new to this forum but I've got about 40+ years with all types of loaded trailers, campers, motorhomes, etc. He is spot on. I would not even attemp it with the information you have provided. I would seriously look into upgrading the truck. Please do not put you family and others in danger. As you are well aware, just because the truck will pull it does not mean it will stop it....
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I am new to this group, but not new to camping or towing. Just bought a 2024 Jayco 265TH toy hauler. At 5400 pounds dry weight, I am going to pull it from Massachusetts to Florida with my half ton Silverado with weight distribution hitch and sway control. Cargo will likely be less than 1000 pounds. Research shows my truck can pull 9100 pounds. Having blown both a transmission and rear end in a previous Avalanche, I am a little concernedÖ thinking I may upgrade to a three-quarter ton in the future.
Looking for input from others, who have towed this camper with a half ton, and how the truck responded.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating on your trailer is 7500#. If you are talking about a one time move with little to no weight, you will probably be okay with your half ton.

Once you start doing trips and loading up to max, you will probably want/need a 3/4 ton. Your first trip with the half ton will confirm this.

My trailer grosses out about 8k#. I am very happy that I have a 1 ton F-350 to haul it. That lets me load up the truck with a kayak and all kinds of camping gear and not worry about being over gross.

Less is not more in this case. There will be other opinions but, mine is based on 40 years of experience. Hauling toys adds a layer of truck requirement.

Welcome, have fun, be safe and good luck!

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