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Old 03-03-2016, 01:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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2500s and 3500s have the same brakes, so stopping power isn't the issue...

It's mostly tire load, and spring ratings. Wheel bearing part numbers are the same between 2500/3500 rear axles.

The DRW will have different rear axle parts, but SRW is the same.


10 ply/Load Range E/121 tires should be rated around 3200lbs each, so you have a 6400lb tire weight rating per axle.

You'll have more issues with being tagged exceeding your GVW than pulling that trailer.

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Old 03-03-2016, 01:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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You'll have more issues with being tagged exceeding your GVW than pulling that trailer.
In many jurisdictions, private and recreational vehicles are not licensed/tagged based on any particular weight. Therefore the laws in those situations tend to enforced based on the tire ratings shown on the tire sidewalls, rather than any decal in/on the vehicle(s). Just an FYI.

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In many jurisdictions, private and recreational vehicles are not licensed/tagged based on any particular weight. Therefore the laws in those situations tend to enforced based on the tire ratings shown on the tire sidewalls, rather than any decal in/on the vehicle(s). Just an FYI.
They factor in both up here in Canada... 10 ply tires will be sufficient... With the pin weight of the 5th wheel is below the payload capacity of the truck, which the tires will be rated for... Or should be....
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Don't know Canada's laws but in the US as long as you stay under your tire limits and appear safe (back not dragging, not weaving down the highway), law enforcement will leave you be. If you don't feel comfortable driving it then trade it in for a bigger truck. I've weighed as much as 29,000lbs over the scales and they checked my tires but let me go. Generally I'm not over 23,000lbs.
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Tire shops can't legally install tires with a lower load range/rating than what came factory, so that's not usually an issue...

Some of our provinces are more strict than others, but the rules are pretty much the same... My old 1/2 ton pulled my toy hauler just fine (albiet, not very quickly, lol), in Alberta, they don't care as long as you're not sagging horribly, but I'd get parked and towed in BC...

Unless the person pulling me over in AB was having a bad day, lol.

I know in the US you have a lot more variation between states... Including license requirements for certain combinations, I believe.
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In short the answer is you'll probably be over what the truck can do "on paper" based on all the various ratings...

but you'll be under what the truck can easily do in practical reality. I towed this:


For years with my '11 Silverado 2500 (CCRB, 4x4 just like your truck). I did add air bags and I do have some power mods (full exhaust/delete, intake and tune). However, it didn't "need" the power mods by any means, I just wanted to do them anyway. The air bags were a big help, however I did pull a few times w/o air in them and it was fine, it just bucked a bit more.

I was 25-26klbs combined with this rig when loaded up and it was no issue. Super stable (way more stable than my current RV), plenty of power, the exhaust brake is awesome so you hardly need the service brakes, plenty of service brake when you do use it. You will have NO issues.

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Ive got a 5er with an 11,700 max weight, loaded up with all the crap and people in truck, when I put it on the scales its on the edge of the suggested axle ratings, drives and stops fine but I think you may be pushing it a little too far.
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Ive got a 5er with an 11,700 max weight, loaded up with all the crap and people in truck, when I put it on the scales its on the edge of the suggested axle ratings, drives and stops fine but I think you may be pushing it a little too far.
He should have no problems. Axle rating in doorjamb is considerably lower than the AAM rating for the axle. As long as you have a high enough rating for the tires you should have no problems.

Again I have over 544k miles on my truck now and regularly tow more than that. I have had to replace the left axle seal but the bearings were fine so I reinstalled them.
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