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Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby CKNSLS » Sep 04 2013, 6:08pm

03pewternblack wrote:The safe limit and GWVR are two different things.



The GVWR is located in the door jam on a yellow and white sticker. That is the weight the manufacturer recommends (and which you will be held liable for going over in case of an accident) that the vehicle can safely haul. This amount includes trailer tongue weight, passengers, and cargo. When GVWR is calculated from the factory it is including only the driver.

You cannot (legally) increase this amount by adding airbags, fancy hitches, or whatever.


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http://www.onlinetowingguide.com/guidelines/gvwr.html
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby HAPPY HUNTER 59 [OP] » Sep 04 2013, 6:48pm

The sticker on the door states that the weight of passengers and cargo should not exceed 1829 lbs

Passengers (not including driver) 300 lbs
Cargo in truck 500 lbs
Tongue weight 700 lbs

TOTAL 1500 lbs

It sure adds up quick! These weights are the same for my current trailer and the one we are considering except for approx. 100 lbs tongue weight. I think I need to leave some stuff at home!
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby CKNSLS » Sep 04 2013, 7:01pm

That's the thing with half tons-you can't (legally) haul that much. I think you are a little low on tongue weight-it's going to be in the neighborhood of 12-15% of total trailer weight. And remember we are talking dry-not ready to camp.

Honestly-bottom line. As we all suspected your going to be right up at your limits on the new trailer. It's not where I would want to be. However, the final choice is yours.

Good luck on whatever you decide!
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby starspangled6.0 » Sep 05 2013, 12:51am

I'd tow it... but that's just me. As long as you don't have a tire failure (which you probably won't), I can't see anything breaking on the truck or trailer. It really comes down to "what am I comfortable towing?". How much have you towed in the past?
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby HAPPY HUNTER 59 [OP] » Sep 05 2013, 1:32am

As stated in my OP my current TT is 4800 lbs. dry. I always take more firewood than I need and way more tools and gear than I ever use. I can probably cut 300 lbs. of stuff out. That would make the TT of interest less than 1000 lbs. more weight. My current rig tows like a dream with lots of power and no handling issues at all. I guess my question to you guys is do you think the additional weight (of course staying within all weight limits) will be too much to deal with. I drive defensively and allow lots of room for slowing down and stopping. The bottom line is it's all about getting there and back safely.

To rephrase the question, are today's truck built to safely haul and tow the max weights they have listed for their vehicles. Sorry for being long winded and I do appreciate everyone's opinion.
It's always good to hear from people who have been there done that and also people who state the facts, numbers don't lie!
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby Mdsjohna » Sep 05 2013, 1:38am

Because you are in the mountains I would play it on the safe side. Now if it were me in the prairies where max speeds are 65 mph and I don't tow very far I would be more inclined to get closer to max. Previous to getting my Silverado I towed a 3600 lb dry TT with a midsize Nissan Frontier and it was a pretty comfortable tow. Pulling that same trailer with the Silverado and I didn't feel any difference between the two. If I was towing in challenging conditions that might have been a different story.


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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby CKNSLS » Sep 05 2013, 3:05am

Towing in the mountains IMHO I would not want to be near the max. I really don't want to play the "safety card" but towing near the max narrows the margin of safety (again IMHO). So if you agree, is getting a new trailer worth decreasing the margin of safety to you AND YOUR PASSENGERS?

It sounds like a case of severe "new trailer fever!"
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby 09chevyman » Sep 05 2013, 4:49pm

Yes IMO these trucks can tow to the max limit...I've done it with mine several times over. I've towed the tt though the foothills of mountains here in GA several times. The dry weight of it 7,800lbs....I guess it's what your comfortable with in the end....
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby CKNSLS » Sep 05 2013, 10:25pm

Read 13_Silverado post here-
What do you haul?


The difference is he has the 5.3
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby HAPPY HUNTER 59 [OP] » Sep 06 2013, 1:52am

That was a very interesting topic to read! People have towed and hauled some pretty amazing stuff!

I had a 2011 Silverado 1500 with a 5.3 which would drop to 2nd gear on long steep hills with my current TT which my 6.2 will pull without even breathing hard. I suspect if I get the new heavier TT my 6.2 will hit 2nd on the same hills. But then again the 5.3 had a 3.42 rear vs the 3.73 in my 6.2.
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