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Old 11-04-2014, 09:04 AM   #11
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just get what you want now if you have the means, dont waste your money settling on something, i wish i did and didnt waste extra money settling on a TT when i knew i wanted a 5th, since getting it i have been much happier
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:22 AM   #12
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I know what you mean but I'm not settling for something I don't really want. I'm also being realistic with what I need vs. what I want.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:37 AM   #13
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I know what you mean but I'm not settling for something I don't really want. I'm also being realistic with what I need vs. what I want.
I've found that "settling" on what I need has worked well for me. You are also being realistic about what you can comfortably tow with the truck that you have. From my experience, when you start to get close to the published GCWR towing gets much less enjoyable. Believe me, regardless of what the salesman says, you will know it is back there if you're up against the GCWR.
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:17 PM   #14
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The trailer salesman, of course says, "sure, you won't even know it's back there!"
The only way "you won't even know it's back there" is, if in fact, it really isn't "back there"
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Hook it up and tow it. From my experience if you are 80% of your capacity you are already out your comfort zone. If the wind is in the back everything will go smooth.
But max weight and a heavy head wind (which is more of a downside than weight) you are way out your comfort zone. 60% of the max is more my comfort zone and then I have to take that headwind in strife. A salesman.......hmmmm
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the only way "you won't even know it's back there" is, if in fact, it really isn't "back there"
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It is up to your "comfort zone". I've towed boats, trailers, and now a small RV, all with my Ford Ranger. This truck has over 215 thousand trouble free miles on it, and has never let me down. I don't break records in the speed catagory, nor would I ever want or expect to when towing. I stich to the right lanes when towing, and always use enough space between me and the front vehicle. Still, you get the clowns that like to cut up in front of you close, so make sure your braking is top notch, and you have a quality brake controller.
Respect the weight you are pulling, and compensate space and speed for it.
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:21 AM   #18
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My dealer saying I can tow upto 13,000 with airbags and springs attachments added.

I had three different dealers say this. But yes they are trying to sell the fifth wheel.
I pull close to 13K# with our F350 and it's a great match-up. The towing max doesn't tell the whole story. In my experience you will max out the rear axle long before you reach the max tow weight. This is a bit of an apple/orange comparison but... Our first TT weighed in at 4400#, the max tow weight was around 8K# for the TV (an '03 Expedition 5.4 gasser) but I was 200# shy of the rear axle max with just the bride, wiener dog and myself in the TV.

I said earlier "the CAT Scale is your friend". Load up, hit the scale and you will KNOW how much weight you can add to the rear of your truck.

Bags and helper springs will help level the truck but you could still overload the rear axle.
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bags and springs will not increase the payload, so dont let a salesman talk you into that. I am guessing you will be well over your payload with that rig. In fact, I would venture a guess a lot of the 3/4 ton trucks you see pulling good sized fifth wheels are well over their payload capacity (which is why I went straight to a 3500 SRW and payload capacity per door sticker of 4075lbs). Definitely hit the CAT scale with fuel and family aboard and compare that weight to the payload door sticker and go from there
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What about my tow question

Taking in all of the advice from this forum and the Chevrolet dealership where I purchased the truck, here is where I stand:
2015 Silverado Trailering and Payload Capabilities
GVWR 9500
Trailering Capacity 14000 (5th wheel) 13000 (conventional)
GCWR 20500
Front Axle Cap 4800
Rear Axle Cap 6200
Rear Tire Rating 3525
King Pin/Bed Cap 3000
Occupants/Cargo 2789


2015 Silverado Loaded and fueled Cat scale weights (without trailer)
Steer axle 4260
Drive axle 3220
Gross 7480

Actual 2015 Jayco Eagle 34.5BHTS weight on yellow sticker
w/full propane 10686

Published Trailer Weights (for whatever itís worth)
Dry pin weight 1835
Dry weight 10305
GVWR 12995
CCC 2690


Can I tow it? Haven't bought the trailer yet.

I say, yes. As long as I can load it with approx.1000lbs of gear in the trailer while keeping the pin weight under 2020 lbs. but what say you guys?
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