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Old 11-06-2013, 02:44 AM   #1
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I bought the truck to pull our 31' Airstream. It does a great job. But since I'm beginning to do most of my travelling alone I've been wanting a TC. I've been considering the Camplite 6.8 (dry weight ~1,700 lbs.) or the 8.5 (dry weight ~2,000 lbs.). My concern is the payload capacity of the truck. Inside the door frame the label shows the total weight capacity to be 2,048 lbs. And that includes every BODY and every THING. That seems awfully light for a 3/4 ton truck. Naturally, when I talked to a Camplite dealer he said my "truck could handle either of these with no problem. In fact, you could handle a TC with a weight of 3,000 lbs." Now, I know better than to believe anything a salesman says. But still, that 2,048 number has me wondering if that number is really right.


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Old 11-09-2013, 04:24 PM   #2
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Take the truck, full of fuel and every passenger you would normally haul, and without the tail gate, to a truck scale and weigh it. That is the ONLY way to truly know how much payload capacity you have.
Get separate weights for the front and rear axle. Most, if not all, of the TC weight will go on the rear axle. Subtract your scale rear axle weight from the door sticker's rear axle weight and that's how much capacity you have left.
You will probably find that your truck isn't capable of hauling a TC with as much room and as many amenities as you would like. None of them are. I would estimate that 80 to 90% of truck's hauling TCs are over their GVWR. My own rig tips the scales at 13,140 on a dually rated for 11,400.

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Old 11-11-2013, 01:03 AM   #3
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That is my plan. Expecting the number to be much different is just wishful thinking on my part.

Also, I'm lowering my sights in terms of which TC I am considering. It makes no sense to consider a model that greatly outweighs my truck's capacity.

At this point I'm just trying to balance out, in my head, which TC will work for me AND not overload the truck by too much.

Maybe something like a pop-up TC?

The problem is that all of the good pop-up TC manufacturers are located quite a way from me. Living in Texas does have it's limitations.
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