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Old 02-22-2015, 07:50 PM   #21
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I'm by far a "truck" guy, but I'll throw my two cents in there.

I fully believe that the truck/trailer combination is completely subjective to the owner/driver.

We bought a GMC Sierra this past June, and it was the 4.3 or 4.8 V6. It had a 6000lb tow rating and we figured that would be enough for whatever we wanted to pull.

The first used trailer we bought we towed for exactly two miles before bringing it back to the people we brought it from. Did it tow the 28' 2004 Mallard TT that weight 5800K lbs... yes it did. Did it tow it in a manner that I was comfortable with? No it didn't

The second trailer that we bought was 4300lbs dry. The V6 Sierra towed this TT even better. We could still tell that the trailer was back there, but it felt noticeably more safe and we were more comfortable pulling it.

In November we traded the Sierra V6 for a 2014 Silverado 5.3 V8. It has an 11000lb tow rating. Once we pulled the 4300lb trailer with the V8 it was clear that we should have bought the V8 to begin with, as thats what we were comfortable with.

When we sold the old TT, the buyer showed up with a toyota FJ cruiser. We were floored that it pulled that trailer, but it did, and he was comfortable with it.

So I think you should try pulling your trailer with the truck you have before you make any big decisions. Take it on a back road and see how it does if you dont want to get on a main thorough fair. Take it slow and easy and see how you feel after. Then make the decision.

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Old 02-22-2015, 08:02 PM   #22
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We have a similar setup to you. I think you should tow it for a while and decide of you are comfortable with it. I agree that you should go to CAT scale after fully loaded and include a full tank of water and see what you weigh. Each family has a different setup depending on what you load into the TT and how you load it. Personally, I think you should enjoy your current rig and get fan=miliar with it.

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Old 02-23-2015, 10:21 AM   #23
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I'll echo the CAT Scale visit. Not only will you KNOW your weights, you can see how your WDH is dialed in.
The CAT Scale is your friend.

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Old 05-14-2015, 05:33 AM   #24
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I have a 26RLS, 6800lb dry. My TV is a 1500 Suburban with 5.3 and 3.73. I added the Reese dual cam hitch and upgraded to light truck tires inflated to max pressure. Still a beast to pull. I now park at a seasonal and finally am at peace.............
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:16 AM   #25
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I like the idea of a 3/4 ton TV - stiffer suspension, probably better axle ratio, and better tire rating. But going to stick with the 1/2 RAM I have as my retirement budget will not allow change + my TV has lifetime drivetrain warrenty. Also I feel quite comfy towing with current TV.

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Old 05-14-2015, 10:08 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by Noahron View Post
now I cant afford a new 2500 series truck right now and I have a 2013 Silverado 5.3 wit the 3:42 gears what should I do?
Doe's any body tow with a 1500 silverado with a 5.3 and 3:73 gears and how does it do. I can get a decent deal on the Silverado wit 3:73 gears
or take my chances .with the 3:42 gears this year till I can afford a 2500
Have you priced out a gear swap? With a 4x4 you may be looking at $2k but that may be cheaper than a different truck.

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Old 05-14-2015, 12:35 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by vtdanokim View Post
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!
Of course. And a Toyo can pull the Space Shuttle. No Problem!
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:48 PM   #28
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Of course. And a Toyo can pull the Space Shuttle. No Problem!
I tow my Whitehawk 29 SQB with my half ton (Nissan Titan) with no issues. I keep my speeds between 62-67 mph and I've never run into issues. I'm well within my weighed GVW of the truck. Yes a 3/4 or 1 ton would pull it "easier", but for me that just means losing 2-4 mph going uphill and sticking to the far right lane with my half ton.

To each their own, I'll drive there a little more patiently and enjoy the scenery as my kids scream are we there yet. Sure as heck beats buying a new truck when mine's paid off and still runs great.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:09 PM   #29
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What is the gvw rating on a Nissan Titan?
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:21 PM   #30
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GVWR: 6500 lbs
Max Gross combined weight rating: 14,800

Curb weight: 5200:
Weight of people: ~ 360 lbs
Tongue weight of trailer: 650 lbs
Trailer weight: 6400 lbs
Weight of gasoline in truck: 179 lbs
Total weight: 12800.

This is well within GCWR of my truck.
I'm quite comfortable towing this combination with my truck and sway/WDH set up. If you're not, then buy a bigger truck.

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