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Old 01-25-2010, 03:04 PM   #15
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I have a 2000 GMC 1500 w/5.3 V8 and I tow a Komfort 23' fiver.
I have everything weighed and I am just 400lbs under max for the truck.
I do not travel with full water tanks and we don't overload on supplies.
It's easier for us after we stop for a few days to pick up fresh supplies.
We are going to sell this fiver and go down in size to a TT as the DW has had leg surgery and climbing those 3 steps is next to impossible for her now.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:26 PM   #16
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I'm reading his question more as bed length than weight. The regular short bed truck is 6'6" not 5' something. The problem is going to be no cab clearance and not enough room for an auto slider to work. That's why GM says no to a fifth with that bed.


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I did not know GM had a 5'8" bed on the 1500; I thought all there shortbed 1/2 ton trucks were at least 6' long beds.

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Old 02-02-2010, 02:12 PM   #18
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I just went out and measured my GMC (2000) 1500 shortbed and it is 6'-7".
That is from the very front to the end at the rear.
Of course you will loose an inch or so at the top of the rails!
I use a regular Reese 16K hitch (non-slider) and have never come even close to hitting the trailer.
My fiver has the extended 10" pin box from the factory.
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Richard thanks for the link! That spreadsheet (Excel) in no longer on his website for some reason. I lost the correct address some time ago.
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Originally Posted by challrv View Post
the truck is a 2008 chevy 1500 crew cab 4x4 gvw is 7500lb the owners manual says not suited for fw towing the rv sales says they do lots of short beds we used to pull a fw toyhaluer a few years back different truck/trailer set-up have the 1/2ton now thinking about getting back into a towable rv tradeing to a different truck is probably not an option right now
There are several 5th wheels a 1/2 ton can tow.

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Originally Posted by Muncie_6spd View Post
I did not know GM had a 5'8" bed on the 1500; I thought all there shortbed 1/2 ton trucks were at least 6' long beds.

GM went to these shorter beds on their 1/2 ton crewcabs in 2005 - There was no option to have a "true shortbed" on these models.
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You gotta move up to the 2500HD crew cab to get the 6-1/2' bed. Interestingly, GM refers to the 6-1/2' bed size as a standard box (I always referred to that size as a short box). I didn't know there was a 5.9' box either until I went to order the cap for my truck and they asked whidh bed size I had. We measured it just to be sure.

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