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Old 02-21-2015, 02:40 PM   #11
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The real issue is the tongue weight. We have the 26RLS, which Jayco now calls the 27RLS. Pretty much the same trailer, with slight floor plan layout change. The loaded weight of ours is 7200 lbs, and upwards of 7800 lbs with some water in the tank. BTW, the tongue weight of our TT doesn't change with or without water. The tank must be centered nicely over the axles. Now comes the kicker, our tongue weight is 1100 lbs (15%). We used to have a Chev 1500 with 3:42 gears. The tongue weight plus other stuff put us over the GVWR by a few hundred lbs. Never towed the 26RLS with the 1500 though. I went shopping for a nice 3 year old 2500 gaser, which we have now. The sticker price was literally half the new vehicle price, and our trade-in dropped the cost even more. I'm very glad I got the 2500. Night and day difference.
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So you have the trailer and the truck? Have you towed to see how it feels?

Your Silverado 5.3 3.42 will tow it but you will know its there. It will run high rpms on all hills. I had, basically the same truck, a 2010 Sierra 5.3 3.42 (6spd) w/ max trailering package. I had an 18' enclosed trailer that I'd tow our toys in and I would estimate it, when loaded, weighed about 6k pounds max. I knew it was there and going up hills, it had the power, but it would really have to hold higher rpms all they way up. When my wife decided we wanted a camper, I told her that was fine but I was getting a 2500.

Your looking at a 6k pound unloaded trailer. Again it will do it. I would not trade to another 1/2ton just to go from 3.42 to 3.73. Like clubhouse check payload. I have no idea what the payload is on your truck.
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:59 PM   #13
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Buy a nice weight distributing hitch, take it easy and your 1500 should tow it fine. It's amazing that people we American's have to have nothing smaller than a 3500 to tow a pop up...
The Europeans and Australians tow massive TT with sedans!
Just because they tow massive tt with sedans doesn't make it safe or comfortable...
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The Europeans and Australians tow massive TT with sedans!
Travel Trailers, or what they commonly call caravans, are built with different load distribution because of what they use for tow vehicles. They aren't towing TT with 1000 lbs plus tongue weights with the sedans you mention. In America TT are designed to carry 12-15% of the TT by the vehicle, not the same overseas.
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Travel Trailers, or what they commonly call caravans, are built with different load distribution because of what they use for tow vehicles. They aren't towing TT with 1000 lbs plus tongue weights with the sedans you mention. In America TT are designed to carry 12-15% of the TT by the vehicle, not the same overseas.
Very true, but as long as you don't go over max GVWR and watch your tongue weight, a lot of modern half tons are far more capable then most people think. I've towed a lot more weight then folks think I should with my half ton, but I keep my tongue weight below my max, and keep a close eye on GVWR by using our CAT scale up the street. if my weight goes up, I stay in the right lane, and just stay behind the 18 wheelers as to not slow down the rest of traffic. And yes, I never carry less than 11% tongue weight on any trailer I tow.

Just take it easy and drive slow, and keep within the max specs of your truck.
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I say it depends on how far and over what terrain you plan to travel ... wd can take care of a lot but I know I had a 7800 lb trailer I pulled with a Yukon and 5.3 and it really didn't like hills at all ... always downshifting and the airshock system went south trying to level before I could get the equalizer hooked up lol
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Why not if the tongue weight is within your capacity, it would be far cheaper to have the rear end re-geared and get a set of air bags. That's assuming your are within your GVWR.
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deja vu all over again.
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To be comfortable, especially when in mountains and hilly country, I'd go with a used diesal as well. Been there done that with the half ton and it is night and day. Good Luck, lots of deals out there just be patient...
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To be comfortable, especially when in mountains and hilly country, I'd go with a used diesal as well. Been there done that with the half ton and it is night and day. Good Luck, lots of deals out there just be patient...
Go with what your pocket and DW comfort level dictates.

I wouldn't hesitate to tow your camper with my half ton. I just bought a 29sqb, and plan on towing it with my Titan.
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