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Old 12-08-2017, 09:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My brother and I are going to start making some money using my Duramax hauling cars. We will be using a 3 car trailer that weighs 5800-lbs and is rated for 14,000-lbs. I am concerned about the stress that I will be putting on the suspension and just the entire backend of my truck. I drive a 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD 6.6L Duramax. If anyone had any comments, questions, or concerns, plz give me your input because I definitely need it.

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I hope you and/or your brother know people who need their vehicles moved and want you to do it. It's a tough business to break into without good contacts.

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Old 12-10-2017, 08:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I hope it is not a bumper trailer!
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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real hard to earn a living doing that
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I suspect your truck has a tow rating around 12k on the bumper and 13-14k on a gooseneck. It may move it down the road, but you can do the math.

Whatever you do, please run it across the scales to make sure you are within the limits of your front and rear axles and tires (same for the trailer axles/tires). The manufacturer limit may come up if you are in an accident, but as long as you are within the axle/tire weight limits, it should be fairly safe to operate.
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a 3500 dually would be better to pull a 3car wedge trailer
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Not a bumper pull. 5th wheel
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a 3500 dually would be better to pull a 3car wedge trailer
And I agree but unfortunately I do not have a dually only the srw.
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I suspect your truck has a tow rating around 12k on the bumper and 13-14k on a gooseneck. It may move it down the road, but you can do the math. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.dieselplace.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]

Whatever you do, please run it across the scales to make sure you are within the limits of your front and rear axles and tires (same for the trailer axles/tires). The manufacturer limit may come up if you are in an accident, but as long as you are within the axle/tire weight limits, it should be fairly safe to operate.
If my gooseneck rating is 14,000-lbs and the weight of my trailer is 5800-lbs then does that mean I should really only load the trailer with the difference of weight. So 8200-lbs?
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If my gooseneck rating is 14,000-lbs and the weight of my trailer is 5800-lbs then does that mean I should really only load the trailer with the difference of weight. So 8200-lbs?
Yes, if the trailer has a 14,000lbs GVWR and it weighs 5800lbs, then the carrying capacity is about 8,200lbs. It should actually have the carrying capacity specified on the same trailer tag as the GVWR.

I thought you meant it had a 14k carrying capacity because I'm not sure how you could get three cars on a trailer that can only hold 8,200lbs of cargo unless they are just tubbed out race cars. A typical car weighs in at around 3300lbs give or take, so you can probably only get 2 on there at a time.

Are you getting the 14k number from the trailer tag? Or does it have two 7k axles? A gooseneck with two 7k axles would usually be rated at around 16,800lbs GWVR (accounting for a 20% pin weight) which would give you about 11,000lbs of carrying capacity, which would probably allow for 3 cars. Again though, this would be a bit overweight for a 2500 to pull.

If it has two 6k axles, then yes, 14,000lbs total is about right and it'll probably pull just fine behind the 2500 (with two cars on board).

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