Ok guys I have had my 2011 outdoorsman(love it) for about a month, and my wife wants to upgrade to a larger travel trailer. I have seen formula's and read posts about what is ideal for a certain wheel base/drive train. All of these are calculations, so real world and actual pulling the trailer seem to be quit varied from calculations. The trailer sales man told me that the trailer is only 6400lbs. I asked if this was dry and his answer was total weight. I had the brochure in my hand and said why dont you tell me the actual total weight? He asked the other guy and they came back with the same answer! So told my wife go and look at the huge monster in the corner, she sped off happy as can be. The guy asked me if I planned on using my half ton to pull that! thats way to huge for it. I told him look here the the weight(dry) was close to something like 8600lbs, and my truck is rated to 10,000. Let this pissing match begin!!!! online it looks like most of the sites show a dry weight? so are they selling 5000lb trailers to mini van owners???
So we are looking at a 29' ,GVWR 8200lbs, hitch weight of 710lbs. Now I do plan on getting a eq. hitch(reese?) and some type of suspension help(timbren ses?) for the truck. The calculations tell me that a 27', 7960lbs total and hitch weight of 820lbs. does this see like a little to much for the truck?? I have read about 8000lbs giving some people trouble in the 1/2 tons. I want to avoid the tail wagging the dog in windy situations. We have no plans of trip very far but when the kids are along I'd rather not take a chance! Any ideas, thoughts or experiences IE: trailer size/weight or hitch and suspension???