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Old 09-17-2014, 06:02 AM   #21
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I will have to check those weights again on the door sticker , But from the sound of it , It look's like all I can tow with this 1/2 ton truck is a pop up TT
I went through this exact same thing. Check the sticker and go to a cat scale and get weighed then you know where you r at
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Old 09-21-2014, 05:38 PM   #22
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My wife and I are in the market for a new TT. We had the choice narrowed to the 28DSBH but I have had some reservations on the weight. We we out camping this weekend with our pop up and I knew there was a CAT scale on the way home. Information below:

2014 Silverado 1500 CC short (5.7) bed
5.3 4X4 Z71

Payload 1743 per the sticker in the door
GVWR 7200
GCWR 15000
FGAWR 3950
RGAWR 3950

Had me, the wife, 6 yr old, 4 yr old, small dog in the cab. All our gear was in the bed (Friday evening - Sunday morning local state park trip). Fleetwood Yuma 14' pop up connected. I only weighed once so the numbers below are with the trailer (no WDH).

CAT scale #s
Steer axle - 3460
Drive axle - 2980
Trailer axle - 1640
Gross wt - 8080


I don't see an issue with the front axle or the gross combined wt when considering the DSBH. The rear axle weight would likely be close even with a WDH. My concern, as this is a half ton, is the payload. With the DSBH being pretty easily 900# on the tongue this puts me too close for comfort. With a small pop up the truck weighs 6440 pounds leaving only 760 pounds to max it out. I do feel the truck is capable but I'm not interested in maxing it out every time I connect the TT.

So, for us this was an eye opening trip to the scale. We are not moving forward with the DSBH. Most of our camping will be local state parks but we will be doing one 8-10 day trip each year from suburban Chicago. Places like Smoky Mountains, Mt. Rushmore, etc. Those are the trips that concern me. Not trying to sway anyone either way or force my opinion. Just wanted to share our results and thought process.
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Old 09-21-2014, 05:49 PM   #23
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Had me, the wife, 6 yr old, 4 yr old, small dog in the cab. All our gear was in the bed



. With the DSBH being pretty easily 900# on the tongue this puts me too close for comfort. With a small pop up the truck weighs 6440 pounds leaving only 760 pounds to max it out. I do feel the truck is capable but I'm not interested in maxing it out every time I connect the TT.

So, for us this was an eye opening trip to the scale. We are not moving forward with the DSBH. Most of our camping will be local state parks but we will be doing one 8-10 day trip each year from suburban Chicago. Places like Smoky Mountains, Mt. Rushmore, etc. Those are the trips that concern me. Not trying to sway anyone either way or force my opinion. Just wanted to share our results and thought process.

Your truck could haul that WH with no problem.

You likely had a bunch of stuff in the box that couldn't go in the pup but maybe could in the WH which will lower your payload a lot

I personally don't believe you would be "maxing' out your 2014 but that is your choice. Lots of great trailers out there that are smaller like mine that are perfect for a family like yours
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Old 09-21-2014, 05:50 PM   #24
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I actually think you would be ok....my ram had 1061lbs payload per the door...that is a long way from your truck. That's a pretty hefty payload for a half ton
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Old 09-21-2014, 08:12 PM   #25
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My drive axle weight in at #3760 last time I was at CAT scale. I was #100 over my GVWR My tongue weight was about #1000 with spring bars hooked up. This is about 15% of total trailer loaded weight

All my other weight parameters are well under max.

I think my 27DSRL tends to be fairly tongue heavy because most of the storage is forward of the trailer axles; particularly with the up front fridge and large pass thru at the front.

My trailer tows great with my Tundra, no sway. I try not to go over 65 mph.

I think your truck will pull the trailer you are looking at just fine.

It helps greatly that you are aware of all these issues regarding weight.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:04 PM   #26
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We pull our 2014 Whitehawk 28DSBH with our 2013 Tahoe (Tow package with integrated brake controller). We're using a Blue OX WDH. The Tahoe strains somewhat up steep inclines, but on level ground I sometimes forget that we're even towing a trailer at 65 MPH.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:13 PM   #27
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I pull an 11,000 lb 39' Jayco Eagle 338rlts with my 5.7 liter Tundra (380 hp/ 400 ft-lb torque) with the factory tow package (4.30 rear end/6 speed auto tranny) and Roadmaster suspension. I go to the North GA mountains often with no problems. The truck is a beast for a gaser. Tundras have 3/4 ton running gear except the springs hence the addition of the Roadmaster suspension. The rear end sags very little. The tranny temp stays about the same towing or not. In tow/haul mode it uses engine braking on the downgrades automatically. I drive an 18 wheeler for a living (2 million+ miles no accidents) so I might have an edge as to technique.
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I tow a 2013 28dsbh with an 09 f150 the max tow package
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I met a guy who thought his tundra could pull anything. He was probably right..
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I met a guy who thought his tundra could pull anything. He was probably right..
I drive a big truck for a living and tow my TT with a Tundra. I see people quite often towing rather big 5ers with Tundras. I have yet to see one turned over or broken down on the road. That being said, I would not tow anything bigger than what I have with my Tundra. My next TV will probably be a dually.
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