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Old 04-23-2015, 02:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Your truck has the power to pull it, as it contains the same engine/trans as a one ton dually. The issue is the weight capacity of the truck. You will find people on here who will tell you they pull more everyday, but that doesn't make it right or safe. Air bags do not add any capacity to a truck. They do however help take weight off of the springs so the truck doesn't sag as much. This can make it appear the truck is level and so must not be overloaded, but that may (and in your case probably won't) not be the case.

The bottom line is your truck will pull it, and assuming good brakes on the truck and trailer, will stop it (eventually), but depending on how much you plan on pulling the trailer, it could be hard on the truck and you might run afoul with the law in places like California where they are starting to take an active role in policing RV'ers.

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Old 04-23-2015, 06:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I gave you my 2 cents in post #8, it hasn't changed. Tom S. is giving you very good advise and I gave you realistic numbers, the final decision is yours.

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Old 04-23-2015, 06:22 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I would say an RV fiver properly loaded with a weight of 14k-15k would be fine. I consistently have pulled 12k-13k commercially and have 434k miles on my truck now.
I have a Reese 20k slider I bought off Craig's list, it was like new at the time. I have Firestone air bags, the heavy duty ones.
2006 2500HD CCSB 4X4 RED LBZ
Spray-In Bed Liner, Air Bags
Custom Reese 20K slider FWH/Gooseneck hitch
265/75/16 Michelin LTX AT2's on PYO's tow tune w/turbo brake
PPE Dual Fueler (P0087 cure)
Kitty on a "warm shelf", K+N Drop-in filter
Amsoil in all places, Amsoil BMK-27 Bypass
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Suncoast trans and 1700 stall converter @ 748,000
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:11 AM   #14 (permalink)
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For what its worth, I've had an engineer from GM tell me that on my 2007 2500hd, if I keep the pin weight in the low to mid 2,000's, keep a lot of heavy stuff out of the truck beyond a couple or three people and the tires to handle it, I can tow it all day long. The cargo capacity stated on the door sticker is an "unbraked" load (like a slide in camper.) I've been concerned about an advertised pin weight of 1,800 lbs of one (11,000 lbs) I'm looking at when folks say the real pin weight is likely to come in a 20-25% of the load trailer.

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