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Old 05-28-2015, 08:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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DOT uses "bridge" formula to figure max weights not the door stickers. If you have good brake's on trailer and truck, tires with enough weight you will be legal. Stay within the axle ratings for your truck and watch your EGT's with that tune and you should be fine.

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This is what you need to know when it comes to the legal issues of pulling a trailer. With a single rear wheel vehicle just make sure you are not over on rear tire ratings. Up to this weight tow as much as you feel comfortable putting behind your truck. Listen to those that tow heavy, not the Internet know it all's who regurgitate the same nonsense over and over. That being said, being conservative with weights and diligent with maintenance makes for an enjoyable towing experience.

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Old 05-28-2015, 11:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The maximum trailer weight is not as critical as the ACTUAL weight you will have on each individual axle. Usually the tire ratings limit the weight you can put on each axle.

Keep in mind that the more weight you have on the pin, the more stable the trailer will pull..... but it is easy to over load your truck drive tires by this method.

My picture shows a trailer on my '05 2500HD. That trailer has a gross of 13,800 on the decal. It has two 6,000 lbs axles & tires for a total of 12,000. So..... 1800 on the hitch. Actual loaded, rigged and ready, the truck is 4200 front, 6100 drives, about 11,000 on the trailer. Pin is estimated at about 2600 lbs. So my axles are legal.... just!!!

The pull, just stand on it and go. The drive, experience tells me never let the trailer drive the truck. Avoid any swing or sway. Drive prudently. Enjoy the trip.

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Old 05-29-2015, 01:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks for all of your honesty and concerns. We are still shopping and looking. The local RV dealer has agreed to let me pull a lighter trailer for my tuck so I can see the difference in a 5th wheel and a bumper pull.
I have had bumper pull travel trailers for about 11 years now so was just wanting to try a 5th wheel.
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Old 05-29-2015, 01:30 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You'll never go back to a bumper pull once you pull the 5th wheel! Turnpike's comments are spot on.
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Old 05-29-2015, 04:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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After getting over the commitment of installing a fifth wheel, you will likely never go back to a tag along trailer. The stability, ride, and handling of a fifth wheel trailer is superior.
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I would like to add my $0.2...

I am the original owner of the rigs in my signature, the wildcat weighs in at 11.5k fully loaded. The truck, even with 335k miles, still pulls great. I need to mention that I love my truck!!!

If you going the 5th wheel route, look at a B&W hitch with companion. This set up gives you a goose-neck hitch plus with the companion a 5th wheel hitch. The companion comes out in two pieces, about 100 #'s each piece. It takes about 15-20 minutes to pull the companion and you are left with no obstructions in the bed.

Good luck with your purchase...

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