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Old 02-24-2015, 01:55 PM   #29
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your truck

I did see any load capacities for your truck. I.E. how much weight will

your truck. Example: capacity = 1500:,now start subtracting tongue weight

your passengers weight, and the gear you put in the truck. see if you have

load capacity left, if you do you should be OK.

Jim
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Question, what did people back in '97 consider towing this trailer with? There were no high horsepower diesels back then and most people that bought a camper this size probably used a 1/2 ton with a few using your '97 2500. Most of them if they did probably had your 350 also with even fewer using the 454 with better towing results. I wouldn't worry about your 2500 being able to handle the towing. A friend of mine tows his 31 foot Enterra with 4 slides with an '11 Toyota TRD, it's a 1/2 ton... I think he's asking for trouble but he's pretty confident with it. I'd say you're much safer than he is!
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:42 AM   #31
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Question, what did people back in '97 consider towing this trailer with? There were no high horsepower diesels back then and most people that bought a camper this size probably used a 1/2 ton with a few using your '97 2500. Most of them if they did probably had your 350 also with even fewer using the 454 with better towing results. I wouldn't worry about your 2500 being able to handle the towing. A friend of mine tows his 31 foot Enterra with 4 slides with an '11 Toyota TRD, it's a 1/2 ton... I think he's asking for trouble but he's pretty confident with it. I'd say you're much safer than he is!
Exactly the point I was trying to make. Same with the heavy 5th wheels back in the day. it was usually a ford dually with a 351/460 or a chevy with a 350/454 those trucks have payload numbers the same as todays half tons, and GCWR lower than todays half ton, yet back then those trucks were considered the right tool for the job.
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I sure have created quite the debate here - but after remodeling the trailer I have yet to really take it out on a test trip. Waiting for the weather to clear a bit, I am anticipating getting out in March- have campground about fifty miles away, up in the mountains in mind for a shakedown cruise. I'll get back online later and let everyone know how it tows and pulls up the hills. I appreciate everyone's insights and opinions.
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I'm sure you do well.
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I'm sure you do well.
And have the common sense to know if you are overmatched.

On our return trip today we saw a 1/2 ton sitting in the median with the trailer on its side. Truck looked OK but the trailer not so much. Truck and trailer travelled over a cable guardrail so there was definitely damage I could not see.
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Looks to me a light trailer with light load.
These light trailers need load for the wind not to move them. To me the word light for camper trailers spells trouble.
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Good Luck on the trip... you did say you have a good weight distributing hitch didn't you? Check the trailer brakes and tire air... depending on what the hills look like it may be a slow go... but sounds like your convinced to stay with it..

Post back on your results once you use it a few times....
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Looks to me a light trailer with light load.
These light trailers need load for the wind not to move them. To me the word light for camper trailers spells trouble.
Possibly???? I hope you are not saying that you need a heavy trailer to have stability. I cannot think of any reason a light trailer with a light load would take off. Generally would think that the trailer would be at it's curb weight plus whatever was in it. Was not windy when we went through which was shortly after the accident. Dont know any other details about speed, weight, driver skill, etc.

But the trailer definitely manhandled the truck. Any heavier and the truck could have been the upside down vehicle.

Wonder what color the seats were? Wonder what color his ears were after she finished boxing them?
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