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Old 09-07-2015, 08:33 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by mohok1 View Post
Hey, ecksdude, why are you traveling with full tanks? Doesn't make sense to me.
If you are so worried about being 600-lbs over, why not lighten your load, i.e., empty hot water tank, empty fresh and grey water tanks. Travel with one propane tank filled instead of 2. Just curious!!!
My estimate of tongue weight is NOT based on max load.

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2 - Honda generators in truck bed: 80 lbs
Trailer weight with 1000 lbs of cargo in it: 8015 x 0.12 = 961 lbs

Total payload (above what I weighed yesterday): 1241 lbs

So again... I'm ~600 pounds over GVWR.

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Old 09-07-2015, 09:19 PM   #12
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I had the same concerns with the new rig. I drive a 2008 Dodge Ram Mega Cab and the specs are:

GAWR - Front 5200 lbs
Rear 6010 lbs
GVWR - 9000 lbs

Truck only - Front 4620 lbs
Rear 3240 lbs
GV weight 7860 lbs

Truck/TT WITH Reese Dual Cam WD Hitch:
Front 4700 lbs
Rear 4600 lbs
TT axles 8500 lbs
GCVW 17800 lbs

I am well pleased with the weight distribution but, I am concerned that the GVWR is over by 300 lbs. We are heading to Orlando Friday and there will be an additional 700 lbs worth of passengers. This will put me over the GVWR by 1000 lbs but still under the axle ratings and the GCVW rating.

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Old 09-07-2015, 09:49 PM   #13
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What kills me here is that, even if I had bought a 3500, but same year and type, I still would be slightly overweight unless I had DRW's.

I know the newer trucks have a better payload, but still.

I'll see how it goes our first trip. The first time I feel something's not right, though, I'm either going to have the springs replaced or simply head to the dealer for 3500 truck.

I hope I can gain some more confidence in what this means prior to that time.
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:52 PM   #14
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Everything should be the same as a 3500 series truck except for the suspension components. If I was in your shoes I would add airbags to address that and try out the trailer and go from there. Breaking and propulsion should not be an issue.

3/4 ton trucks with diesels don't have a lot of payload to start with. Not many people realize that.....and of course there are exceptions to the rule.

The 10,000 limit in some cases is a regulatory issue. In some locals anything over 10k lbs GVWR has to be registered as a commercial vehicle which increases insurance, etc...

Similar reason why you won't see a mid sized pickup with a GVWR over 6000lbs.

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Old 09-08-2015, 05:14 PM   #15
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Smile tire replacment ....upgrade?

any one have experience upgrading tire rating and especially upgrading from the standard 16" to 17.5 or 18" inch wheels? This is on a 2010 37 Reflection.
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Old 09-08-2015, 05:15 PM   #16
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The spring pack on the rear axle makes a big difference between 3/4 and 1 ton trucks. With our 3500HD Silverado, I added a 5000lb set of Super Springs to the rear to keep the truck level with the Northern Lite Camper loaded. The Super springs reduced rear sag from 5" to 2.5". This kept the headlights properly aimed without physically resetting them. The Super springs also do NOT affect stock ride when nothing is in the bed or being towed. With the camper on board, we generally weigh between 10,500 and 11,000 lbs. GVWR on truck as manufactured is 9900lbs.
IMHO, you have both in to worry about. The truck is properly capable to tow AND control your desired TT. I would add the Super springs if you notice a bit much for rear sag BEFORE hooking up the WDH' bars. I think the goat will be okay tho. ; )
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:36 AM   #17
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I tow a much heavier TT than what your getting with my MegaCab. All I have added was Timbrens to the rear to take up some of the sag. This is my second season with this combo with two long trips so far, including Rocky Mountains this summer. The truck is more than capable towing and no problems keeping it under control. Is a pleasant driving experience when hooked up to TT. I've not had it on scales yet but I'm not concerned about it.
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Old 09-11-2015, 10:41 AM   #18
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This is an interesting question you've brought up. Our 1st TT/TV combination was similar to your rented combi (TT was a bit lighter) and we discovered that we were close on the R GAWR (about 200#) but still 500# below the GVWR. I've paid most attention to the individual axle weights trying to see that the entire rig was balanced and the axles were within their weights (mostly). The same is true for the current 5th.
Common opinion here seems to be that you will not have an issue and I tend to agree. I also expect you will hit the scales again after the new TT is delivered.

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Old 09-11-2015, 03:43 PM   #19
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Time will tell, I guess. I have 3-5 more weeks before the trailer shows up and will definitely be hitting the scales on our first voyage out.

One thing that may be a lot different than others with similar setups is that I have a family of 5, and the kids are not tykes anymore, so we basically have the equivalent of 5 adults in the truck (by weight) which really cuts deep into the payload.

I notice a lot of folks are just couples traveling, or families with younger kids. That would definitely have an impact.
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Old 09-11-2015, 04:16 PM   #20
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Not much of one really. Your truck is fine for the load you are going to be hauling. To get an appreciable upgrade in the numbers you will have to move to a medium duty truck. I myself would have zero problems towing that trailer with your truck. Of course, I have been towing since before we worried about all of these numbers. We just hooked and drove back then (**** I'm getting old!).

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