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Perfect thanks for all the replies, sounds like it should be ok.
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I drive a 2010 SLT Crew Cab (5.7L & 3.55 gear) and am planning on buying a 5th wheel, which has a GTW of 6400 lbs with a GAWR of 8550 lbs, which I presume is the difference between bone empty and fully loaded. If fully loaded at 8550 lbs (max towing for my truck rated at 8500 lbs) that would bring GCWR to 14000 lbs - max according to Dodge. Will this truck do it? I know many will say buy a 3/4 T etc but I drive empty more than I pull a trailer so like the comfort & economy of the 1/2T. Also expect I will have to buy something like the sidewinder due to my short bed length. Thnx.
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Lets not forget the other side, stopping. Pulling is easy but stopping is another, make sure you have a good brake system. just like 4x4s dont stop better than 2wd. something a few people need to learn
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Good to see someone else towing a big Bayliner I'll be towing a 2011 Bayliner 245SB with my 1500. TLC here I come!
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I drive a 2010 SLT Crew Cab (5.7L & 3.55 gear) and am planning on buying a 5th wheel, which has a GTW of 6400 lbs with a GAWR of 8550 lbs, which I presume is the difference between bone empty and fully loaded. If fully loaded at 8550 lbs (max towing for my truck rated at 8500 lbs) that would bring GCWR to 14000 lbs - max according to Dodge. Will this truck do it? I know many will say buy a 3/4 T etc but I drive empty more than I pull a trailer so like the comfort & economy of the 1/2T. Also expect I will have to buy something like the sidewinder due to my short bed length. Thnx.
I tow a 5900 lbs empty (6800 lbs loaded, checked at scales) 5W. We towed from Kingston Ontario to Nova Scotia and back with no problem. He truck is SLT Quad Cab 1500 4X4 HEMI 3:55 with 20" tires ( I won't get those again!).
Only problem we have right now is leveling the 5W because the truck is too arn high. Working on this.
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I drive a 2010 SLT Crew Cab (5.7L & 3.55 gear) and am planning on buying a 5th wheel, which has a GTW of 6400 lbs with a GAWR of 8550 lbs, which I presume is the difference between bone empty and fully loaded. If fully loaded at 8550 lbs (max towing for my truck rated at 8500 lbs) that would bring GCWR to 14000 lbs - max according to Dodge. Will this truck do it? I know many will say buy a 3/4 T etc but I drive empty more than I pull a trailer so like the comfort & economy of the 1/2T. Also expect I will have to buy something like the sidewinder due to my short bed length. Thnx.
I'll be the "Devil's Advocate" here, the "pin" weight of a 5th wheel is almost always 20 to 25% of the trailer weight, so the next question is, what is the "payload" of your truck? If the "pin" weight is as stated, it's either 1710 or 2137 lbs or something in between using 8550 lbs as the example as stated. I'm pretty sure the "payload" of your truck isn't any more than 1500 lbs.Now take that 1500 lbs and subtract your wife, your kids, your dog and whatever else you maybe put in the box of your truck. Now you are way past the payload of your truck hooked to your 5th wheel. That is why there are only a limited amount of 5th wheel trailers that can actually be pulled behind a 1/2 ton. If you figure it will pull it no problem, you are way into the "buffer zone" that your axles, suspension and brakes were designed for. That is why most are pulling "bumper pull" travel trailers with 1/2 ton trucks.
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