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Old 03-21-2013, 10:45 AM
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I would not do it. As mentioned your truck will pull it but not comfortably, especially if hills and mountains are involved. When you evaluate trailers for weight, keep in mind dry weight, or as you say shipping weight is useless. Instead look at the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), which is the maximum weight of the trailer including and fully loaded. You may or may not max out, but the GVWR represents a worse case scenario and as previously mentioned, the weight added to the trailer adds up quickly.
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Solve your problems, increase your spring capacity by 50%. This is the cheapest, easiest route to go. Tow with confidence, your truck can handle it if you have the WDH set up properly, and the tow package installed. Look at these springs to replace to your stock springs.

http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....125&x=116&y=18

He could do that, but he'd still be illegal if he is over the weight on the door.
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He could do that, but he'd still be illegal if he is over the weight on the door.

His weight looks legal to me; it all depends how he loads it. These salesman will tell you anything to get you buy, then have you sign a disclaimer on the way out the door. I think 7500lbs is the absolute MAX trailer weight I would tow; that's just me. I f I knew I was towing anything over 7500 on a constant basis, it would be a 3/4 ton for me. Beefing up your springs capacity is never a bad thing when towing a larger trailer anyhow.
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For what it's worth The sweet spot for our trucks is usually with a trailer with a dry weight no heavier than 5500lbs which puts the max loaded weight of most around that size at about 6800lbs. Any heavier than that and you have to balance the loads perfectly to be legal and that will usually compromise safe setup and towing practices.
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His weight looks legal to me; it all depends how he loads it. These salesman will tell you anything to get you buy, then have you sign a disclaimer on the way out the door. I think 7500lbs is the absolute MAX trailer weight I would tow; that's just me. I f I knew I was towing anything over 7500 on a constant basis, it would be a 3/4 ton for me. Beefing up your springs capacity is never a bad thing when towing a larger trailer anyhow.
With the weights he gave, if he has an actual 900 lb tongue weight, he is over the rating...no way around it no matter how he loads it.

He would have to load the trailer tail heavy to reduce the tongue weight below 800 lbs to be legal, and then he'd likely get a ticket if they weighed him anyway.
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Interesting thread here, guys. I've towed many a horse trailers...no campers. I would not tow the referenced camper with a 1500. The pin or bumper weight is what concerns me. Oh, the truck can tow it, but can it stop it. Can the transmission, and axles handle it over a period of time. It's a lot of strain.

I think the more important question here is how far are we towing and to what extent (frequency). Safety, above all else, is most important. Just my 2 cents.

If you're towing a lot, I would consider upgrading trucks.
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