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Old 02-02-2015, 04:06 PM   #1
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Can my Chevy 2500 tow this TT?

Here are the specs on my recently purchased TT and my older truck.

Can I tow this trailer with a reasonable amount of safety or am I just too close to the limits. I imagine that the tow vehicle can actually handle weights above the listed limit just as standard precautions by the manufacturer. This trailer was previously being hauled successfully by a 2008 1500 Silverado 4x4.

2002 Wildwood by Forest River
26 footer
GVWR 11,150 max capacity
UVW 7470 unloaded weight
CCC 3600 cargo capacity

Tow vehicle

1997 Chevy Silverado 2500 2x4 (120,000 miles)
5.7 L /350 cu. in. gasoline Vortec engine
255 horsepower @ 4600

Full towing package
Transmission and oil cooler
Trailer brakes
Hitch rated @ 10,000 lbs, with weight distributing hitch
1,000 lb hitch weight

Reese dual cam weight distributing hitch

*Towing specs for this truck – with 3.73 axle ratio is 7,000 lbs

(Note towing spec for a 1500 with same axle is 7500 lbs.)

(Rating for same rig with a 4.10 axle ration is 8,000 lbs)
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:30 PM   #2
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Sounds like you are running right at the edge. I don't think I would want to run that close.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:36 PM   #3
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I agree with Sagamore!! You're 470# over the TT's minimum weight, add food, water, your clothes adn you're even further overweight.
No way would I do it.
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:32 PM   #4
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Ya definitely wouldn't do it. Lot of improvements to the frames of the trucks since 97. Plus, while the 350 is a great motor(I had one), it won't like the weight and drag of the trailer.
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Old 02-03-2015, 10:53 AM   #6
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Thumbs up Thanks for your input everyone.

Thanks for your advice everyone.

Looks like I will either need to consider a newer truck or trade off the trailer for a lighter model. I bought this camper at really low price, then put about $2000 into upgrading and remodeling it so I don’t think I will have too much trouble getting my money out of it this spring.

I put in new vinyl floors throughout, flat screen TV, upgrade mattress, copper back splash, stone guard, and many other upgrades, maintenance and repairs. It is like new inside, especially. We have named it Bramasole – Italian for ‘Yearning for the Sun’.

I used to remodel homes professionally so this was a good project for me and I had in mind re-selling in a year or two anyway. . Maybe I’ll try and trade it in on a newer, lighter version.
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Looks great!
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:36 PM   #8
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I would pull it and not give it a second thought. A dually from the 90's is rated to pull much less than todays f-250 or 2500. These trucks were all we had 15-20 years ago and they did the job. I would focus more on having good tires, a good hitch, and proper trans cooler.

I'm sure someone will be offended but whatever each to his own.
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If it were me, I'd look for a new truck.... The TT you have sounds a bit heavy, but I'd keep it if you like it, then find a good used 2500HD truck with at least a 6.0L vortec engine, tow package and use it. WE have a GMC sierra 2500 HD CC we tow a Jayco 26rks which is 6400 ULVW and it tows just fine My GVRW is only 9200 and for some stupid reason the tow capacity is only 10,000 lbs (or a GCWR of 16,000 lbs.) WE seem to pull the trailer just fine... There is no reason you would ever need all that carry capacity.. thats marketing.. I doubt when we go we have much more that 750lbs of crap.... But to change the trailer and keep the truck you will limit yourself for future options..

Folks will say Diesel.... Sure, it is much higher capacities but if your towing under 10,000lbs I'd say you don't need it... gas vs diesel right now is $1.00 a gallon ... the maintenance is 3x more.. I looked and looked and looked, but I could not justify a change to diesel ....
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The Chevy 2500 is 3/4 ton single axle truck not a dually. Were you thinking it was a dually?
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The Chevy 2500 is 3/4 ton single axle truck not a dually. Were you thinking it was a dually?
No all 2500's are SRW I was just making an example of the older trucks much lower payload and towing capacity. My point is that I've been in and around trucks since I was in diapers and I feel no way should you go out and buy a new 3/4ton truck to pull a 26ft trailer unless you WANT to or need to because you will be traveling a lot.

Years ago when a 2500 or 3500 only had a GCWR of 13,000lbs guys bought them and pulled 10,000lbs campers, racecar trailers etc without thinking twice about it, because there were no real viable medium duty options back then. Nobody died the trucks didn't fall apart. Most of those trucks are still around today as well as the people who pulled with them.

I really can not explain very well but that truck will do what you need it to do and more provided its in good shape. All of this following the GCWR, GVW, and GAWR is a new thing and when you get into the higher weights of a real long TT, a pin heavy fifth wheel, or a little car towing a hardside trailer, yes you need to be close to those numbers. But for a 26ft TT being pulled by yesterdays 2500 I would just go have fun. And like I said make sure everything else is up to snuff: Receiver, W/D, Tires, brake controller etc...
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Maybe if it was a 1 ton duelly the answers would be different. Just because YOU did it does not make it right to take a 20 year old truck and grossly overload it.
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as for overloading... ask your insurance company if you knowingly towed a trailer 2 or 3,000 lbs over the trucks rate how that insurance would respond in an accident.. mine would cancel me on the spot.. I just don't like Liability. What is amazing is the number sales folks at the dealers just blow it off...I had one the other day say he knew folks that towed things with way over the load rating... then I asked him what the insurance company would say when it came down to an accident.. He just kind of went quiet.

Knowing the limitations and the consequences (especially when your riding along with your family) is a big deal for me...

It all comes down to the weight of the truck and trailer.... what is it rated for.. not what it can pull... call me crazy perhaps... or just cautious.

Now getting to my situation, I have my 2007 (new body style) 2500hd... I was really surprised when I recently went and looked at the GVWR and the GCWR 10K and 16K I honestly thought I'd be seeing it to be much higher. We choose the 2500 over the 1500 because of the larger brakes, larger engine, larger frame and sturdiness and I'd do it again. My only guess is that these new trucks the frame has been beefed up to have the ratings they have now...

Any which way, we only have 8,000 miles on our truck right now (no I didn't leave any zeros off) it basically as been a go to around our farm.... pick up this, pick up that... no real use until recently we purchased our Jayco 26rks which has an unloaded weight of 6400 lbs.
Happy towing!
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Thanks, I appreciate your advice. I have talked to two RV centers which both said 'go for it, no problem'. The previous owner towed it with a 1500 Silverado - and that, without a weight distributing hitch. I am still undecided in this debate. I too, tend to be cautious, but I don't want to spend thousands unnecessarily.

My 2500 truck is in good, even great shape. And I do know that generally manufacturers often way under-rate their products due to the law suit crazy society we live in, some post limits even 50% below lab tests because of this ( not speaking of the auto industry here necessarily).

So I am inclined to agree with the more liberal views on towing capacity. I will be using the trailer only for occasional short trips and mainly traveling alone. As far as insurance - that would totally depend on the claim - there could be many situations where weight would not be an issue.
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