Originally Posted by gazingm42
This is good info as posted. I am glad to hear that it should be eaiser to backup.
Hi, long time member that doesn't post much.
Regardless of type of trailer or number of axles, you probably need to practice backing into a limited space from a 90 degree turn. Find a parking lot with acres of unused space. Set up your parking space using lumber or cones to result in a space 12' wide and longer than the trailer. Then practice backing into that space without running over the lumber or knocking over the cones. Yes, different trailer lengths and different number of trailer axles makes a difference. So does fifth wheel vs. bumper pull hitch. After several tries to back into that space without running over something, you'll gain confidence as to how to do it in the real world of RV campgrounds.
My truck is rated to tow 9000 dry and 15000 loaded. The new trailer is 6450 dry with a max loaded with a additional 3500 lbs for cargo. So I should be fine.
Good luck. If the 15,000 is the GCWR of the truck, and the 9,000 is the "tow rating" of the truck, then both of those ratings are wildly optimistic. If you try to drag a 9,000 pound trailer or a trailer that pushed your gross combined weight of truck and trailer anywhere close to 15,000 pounds, then you'll probably be severely overloaded over the GVWR of the truck.. Those ratings assume your wet and loaded tow vehicle including passengers, tools, jacks, hitch and anything else in the tow vehicle will weigh only 6,000 pounds before you tie onto the trailer. And that's a big joke, because your wet and loaded truck will weigh a lot more than 6,000 pounds. Plus those ratings ignore the payload capacity of the tow vehicle, and that's probably your limiter.
A travel trailer with 9950 GVWR will have an average wet and loaded hitch weight of 12.5% of GVWR. That's about 1,240 pounds of hitch weight. Some TTs, including mine, have 15% hitch weight, and that would be almost 1,500 pounds of hitch weight for that wet and loaded TT. Almost all half-ton pickups will be overloaded with that much hitch weight.
So become friends with a CAT scale, and compare the weight on your 4 truck tires to the GVWR of the truck. Try very hard to not be overloaded when towing. If necessary get rid of some of the weight in the truck. Even with an empty TT, you'll probably be close to the GVWR of your truck.
And again, good luck.