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Old 09-26-2012, 01:27 AM   #1
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Anyone Hauling A 5'er With A Half-ton?

I'm hauling a '03 28' RBS Eagle with my '04 GMC 1500 SLT 4x4, with an Airlift airbag kit on rear suspension. I will admit I am a little under-sized but the truck was bought before the camper and I was a Newbie. I do all right towing but I sure take some ribbing on my truck size! Problem is... I'm proud of how my little truck performs and would like to know if there is anyone out there that has to get by with what they have at hand? Do you haul with a half-ton? Would like to hear a little support instead of all the ridicule.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:31 AM   #2
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deerhuntr,

Welcome to the Jayco forums

I'm sure your not alone with your 1/2 ton possibly being over it's limits, but I bet there are equally as many 3/4 ton TV's out there towing a little above their limits as well

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I don't usually get into discussions of this type, but I can say I am not over loading my rear axle or rear tires. Close, but not overloaded. This is based on actual weight on a Cat Scale. Enuf said.
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I don't usually get into discussions of this type,.....snip
Funny you mentioned it I normally stay clear as well.., but considering this is JOF (non-confrontational) I felt comfortable responding.

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We towed a 30' for several years with a 1500 extended cab, never had any trouble. It all depends on how the truck is rated and the weight of the FW. If it works why care about what others say? Just remember an "ex spurt" is a drip under pressure.
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No ridicule here ! If you are comfortable with the rig, just be careful, know your limitations, and go for it. Most 1/2 tonners can tow the load, but the main downside is braking in a panic stop. Again, just use common sense with speed and following distance. Good luck.
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We tow the 2013 Eagle HT 23.5 with a 2010 Ram 1500 4X4 Quad cab HEMi and have no problem. Lots of power and breaks no problem. All temps stay well within range. We changed the wrangler HP tires (p rated) for Michelins LT tires and added timbrens and tow mirrors. We are in the same boat as you are, didn't know anything about towing, bought this truck, I thought they were all the same so I picked a pretty one hahaha! (woman here). Was really concerned about the combo but after towing it 4000 miles this summer, I have no reservation on this combo. i don't know how your numbers compare but if it feels good... And not straining ...
Seen a LOT of 1/2 tons towing 5th wheel in Quebec and Nova Scotia
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We tow the 2013 Eagle HT 23.5 with a 2010 Ram 1500 4X4 Quad cab HEMi and have no problem. Lots of power and breaks no problem. All temps stay well within range. We changed the wrangler HP tires (p rated) for Michelins LT tires and added timbrens and tow mirrors. We are in the same boat as you are, didn't know anything about towing, bought this truck, I thought they were all the same so I picked a pretty one hahaha! (woman here). Was really concerned about the combo but after towing it 4000 miles this summer, I have no reservation on this combo. i don't know how your numbers compare but if it feels good... And not straining ...
Seen a LOT of 1/2 tons towing 5th wheel in Quebec and Nova Scotia
Aren't the HT models specifically designed for 1/2 T tow vehicles? http://www.jayco.com/products/fifth-wheels/eagle-ht
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We tow the 2013 Eagle HT 23.5 with a 2010 Ram 1500 4X4 Quad cab HEMi and have no problem. Lots of power and breaks no problem. All temps stay well within range. We changed the wrangler HP tires (p rated) for Michelins LT tires and added timbrens and tow mirrors. We are in the same boat as you are, didn't know anything about towing, bought this truck, I thought they were all the same so I picked a pretty one hahaha! (woman here). Was really concerned about the combo but after towing it 4000 miles this summer, I have no reservation on this combo. i don't know how your numbers compare but if it feels good... And not straining ...
Seen a LOT of 1/2 tons towing 5th wheel in Quebec and Nova Scotia
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How well do your timbrens work, are they stiff when empty? DId they make your truck not sag?
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