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Old 05-14-2013, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Aylen1957 View Post
After some research I found out that my gears are 3.55s and as close as I can figure the fully loaded weight of the trailer will be about 7000lbs. I know the hitch has a 10000lb cap. I should be ok pulling this over the mountains but was interested if anyone else had this type combo and how they did with it.
I towed an 8000lbs boat + trailer, overall length with trailer was 28 feet. I towed it for over 3,000 miles and decided that I wasn't comfortable with how the 1500 handled. The 1500 was a 2012 with 3.92 gears, 5.7L HEMI.

Keep in mind that "tow capacity" for a 2012 1500 with 4X4 is LESS than 10k with 3.55 gears. Depends on your cab, but the regular cab will come in at a max of 8,900. This is very close to the capacity of your rig. Keep in mind that payload + towable = overall capacity. Payload includes tongue weight, I roughly use 10% of trailer weight, so that's 700lbs. Then let's add a few extra passengers and you've got a payload of 1000lbs. Add payload with trailer weight you're at 8,000lbs. This doesn't include anything you've put in the bed of the truck either.

I ran through these numbers 100 times and I always came to the conclusion that I was over MAX GCVW (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight) by about 500lbs.

(GCVW) is the total combined weight of a fully loaded vehicle, including passengers, payload and everything in tow.
If you're over your GCVW, I'd seriously consider upgrading. It's safer for everyone. Just because it can tow it doesn't make it safe, legal, or smart. The 3/4 ton trucks are built for serious towing, even the HEMI model has the same chassis that makes it stronger for towing. 8,000lbs gets into the range of 2500 in my opinion.
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