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Postby JCunningham [OP] » Mar 19 2011, 5:52am

what size campers are you towing with a 1500. i have a 5.3 w/ 3.73 gears. my tow rating is 7200lb. whats the biggest camper i can tow. I know every camper is differant weights. just woundering whos towing the biggest. Id like a 30fter
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Postby koolz71 » Mar 19 2011, 6:50am

I tow a pop up and the i have a 19ft boat i pull..nothing to heavy..im a lightwieght lol
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Postby StarsnBars » Mar 21 2011, 5:01pm

My new truck is going to feel the full brunt of a 26 footer soon. Its a FeatherLite though, so no problem,,,
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Re: tow behind camper?

Postby Jim08SLE » Mar 21 2011, 5:07pm

JC - My brother tows a 31', 7700lb camper with his '08 5.3l (not sure of his gears). Can the truck tow it? Yes, but it is a dog going up a hill. Should the truck tow it? Well, that is up for debate... I think there is a reason the manufacturer is stating 7200lbs.
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Postby mevans0486 » Mar 21 2011, 5:17pm

My rule of thumb, if you tow often and long distances or are negotiating high grades, do not tow more than 85% or your tow rating or roughly 6120lbs. Yes your truck will pull it, but it will put additional wear and tear. Plus the stopping is the big point in towing, you do not want to get pushed by your trailer! Just a note when looking for a camper at a dealer, do not get fooled by their "half ton" trailers or "dry weight". Just because it says "half ton" series on the side does not mean your truck should do it, usually it is half ton tow able completely empty. Remember that anything that goes into the trailer or in your truck, this includes passenger, adds to the campers "dry weight". And trust me this adds up very quickly.
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Postby gmctruckguy » Mar 22 2011, 5:25am

If you go look in the Towing section of this site it will explain alot. The 7000lb gvwr is the weight of the truck (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) the actual amount yu are able to tow is up from that, look in the towing section of your owners manual, depending on engine, 4x4, reg cab, ext cab or crew, gears. Most new trucks crew cab, 4x4 with 5.3l and 3.42 gears can pull 9500lbs
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Re: tow behind camper?

Postby JCunningham [OP] » Mar 22 2011, 5:48am

gmctruckguy wrote:If you go look in the Towing section of this site it will explain alot. The 7000lb gvwr is the weight of the truck (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) the actual amount yu are able to tow is up from that, look in the towing section of your owners manual, depending on engine, 4x4, reg cab, ext cab or crew, gears. Most new trucks crew cab, 4x4 with 5.3l and 3.42 gears can pull 9500lbs

I know all this. this has nothing to do with the weight of the truck. My truck has a trailer weight rating of 7200lb. if it had the 6 speed it would be higher but i have the 4speed. Im looking for what size trailer i can tow. from the replys 30ft is a little to big 27 is pushing it. I dont think ill be going to far with a trailer.
Im looking at used proably old trailer. there are many around here just sitting because of the price of fuel. there cheap to. iv seen 30fters for $1500. I almost bought a 30ft 5th wheel for $3300 that was gourgus. but i didnt want to buy a 5th wheel. I had a3/4ton truck. I know a 5th wheel will tow better but i want to put my DRZ400S (300lb) in the back. I have a brake controler. will the trailer still push with brakes?
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Postby gmctruckguy » Mar 22 2011, 5:54am

Ok most guys were thinking that the GVWR on the truck was what it was capable of towing, which just happened to be 7000lbs. Keep looking, you can find some pretty light trailers now a days, but remember to look for quality too. I tow a 35' trailer but it is heavy (8400lbs) also because it is insulated for the 4 seasons, the exact same trailer witout the insulation was about 6800lbs.
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Postby Chasmanian » Mar 22 2011, 6:00am

Also remember that all your gear, holding tanks ect will add to the weight also.
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Re: tow behind camper?

Postby JCunningham [OP] » Mar 22 2011, 6:22am

gmctruckguy wrote:Ok most guys were thinking that the GVWR on the truck was what it was capable of towing, which just happened to be 7000lbs. Keep looking, you can find some pretty light trailers now a days, but remember to look for quality too. I tow a 35' trailer but it is heavy (8400lbs) also because it is insulated for the 4 seasons, the exact same trailer witout the insulation was about 6800lbs.

o i didnt even think about insulation. i need a winter weather one. I dont think ill be buying a trailer then. wish i still had my turbo diesel.
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