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Old 10-31-2015, 11:41 AM   #1
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How much TT can a 1 ton SRW tow

I am thinking of getting a new TT bunkhouse model. Right now the seed has been planted to get rid of the dually, get a 1 ton 6.75' bed with a cap to carry more stuff.

Now...I want the TT to tow comfortably. No white knuckle driving. My gut feeling is about 32' at 9,000 lbs.
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Google "rv tow check 2.0". Read the info. Use the calculator. Follow the advice. You'll be fine.
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:03 PM   #3
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Tow our 9200lb 35ft bunkhouse with an 06 dodge 2500. With an equalizer 4pt wdh I have absolutely no issues at any speed or road/weather conditions. We have probably the biggest bunkhouse with a 10,700lb gvwr and we full time at the 9200lb weight. I believe you'll be fine with the 3500 SRW
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:41 PM   #4
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I'd look at the load capacity of the rear tires with the tongue weight (@ 950#) and anything you might want to put in the bed of the truck.
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Old 11-01-2015, 12:40 PM   #5
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It has more to do with how well designed the TT is as opposed to how capable your truck is. Regardless of the truck, a poorly designed TT will be a poor tow. Look for a TT with the axles farther reward, like a boat trailer. It'll track better with less sway.
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Old 11-01-2015, 05:38 PM   #6
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How about the trailers with the side spread between their axles? Does that allow the trailer to track better?
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:51 AM   #7
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Most new 3/4 and 1 tons SRW trucks are rated to pull up to a 15k conventional trailer. Diesel is the way to go.
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An F350 SRW will tow any TT made but the trailer design and WDH will determine how good it tows.
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I am thinking of getting a new TT bunkhouse model. Right now the seed has been planted to get rid of the dually, get a 1 ton 6.75' bed with a cap to carry more stuff.

Now...I want the TT to tow comfortably. No white knuckle driving. My gut feeling is about 32' at 9,000 lbs.
Using 2015 F-350 SRW diesel as the example. GCWR is 23,500, tag-trailer tow rating is 14,000, and GVWR is 11,500. A 12.000 pound tag trailer with 13% hitch weight will have 1,560 pounds of hitch weight. 1,560 pounds hitch weight leaves 9,940 pounds max truck weight before you exceed the GVWR (and payload capacity) of the truck.

12.000 pounds gross trailer weight plus up to 9,940 pounds wet and loaded truck weight is 21,940, or well below the 23,500 GCWR. Even the heaviest configuration of F-350 SRW probably won't gross more than 9.500 pounds before you tie onto the trailer - unless you load the truck down with a bed load of green oak firewood.

The GCWR indicates the max weight your rig can have without overheating anything in the drivetrain and without being the slowpoke holding up traffic when climbing hills and mountain passes.

So based on the numbers, with a 2015 F-350 SRW diesel, you could easily tow a 12,000 pound TT comfortably, with no white-knuckle driving. That conclusion assumes you have enough brains to hook up the trailer with a ProPride hitch, or at least one of the $1,000 no-sway hitches such as Reese Strait-Line. Equal-I-Zer, or Blue Ox SwayPro. Any new weight-distributing hitch you can buy for less than $600 (complete with adjustable shank) is a cheap hitch that will probably result in some white-knuckle driving.

Here's my ProPride:
Trailer Sway Elimination | Sway Control ProPride, Inc.

And here's my Strait-Line, but with your spring bars rated for 1,500 pounds max tongue weight, which is the minimum you need for a 12k trailer.
Strait-Line Weight Distribution w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 1,500 lbs TW. RP66130

Note that one is less than $600, but that's because it doesn't include the adjustable shank. So add the adjustable shank:
Reese Weight Dist Shank - 12-1/4" Long - 2" Drop to 6-1/2" Rise - 1,500 lbs TW, RP54970
and your total is more than $600.

The Blue Ox SwayPro and the Equal-I-Zer will also cost more than $600, but that's a lot less than my $2,500 ProPride.
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Why not keep the dually? In my opinion a drw truck is what makes towing a large TT a non issue as far as winds and passing trucks, and with the massive payload numbers it eliminates the need for an elaborate hitch setup. You could load almost anything into the back of the truck and still not be over your rawr or gvw. The set up you have now is really nice I would love to have something like that.
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Read the manufacturers towing specs.
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I tow a 9600 lb TT with a 2500 duramax. I've never had the water temps above normal, the transmission temps above 180, the egts above 1300 while towing 3-5 mile 4-6% grades (Mont Eagle pass) in August. Most of the time the only way I know a big truck is coming by me is when I see him pass. Albeit, there have been some times I've felt it.
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The towing specs by the manufacturers are a bit overstated IMHO.
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The important numbers are the two different axle weight ratings, and the GCWR, IMO.
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