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Old 10-05-2018, 04:27 PM   #1
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Old 10-05-2018, 04:46 PM   #2
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The simple answer is NO.

That is way too much trailer for a little 1/2 ton truck.
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Old 10-05-2018, 04:54 PM   #3
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The simple answer is NO.

That is way too much trailer for a little 1/2 ton truck.


What’s the max you would tow with this truck? Says it has max of 10000+. Thanks
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:06 PM   #4
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I would and wouldn't think twice about it. We would probly load that trailer and tow around 7k to 7.5k.
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:26 PM   #5
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That trailer has an overall length of 36'. That is as much of a problem for a 1/2 ton truck. You should not think your truck can tow 10,000 lbs and think that means a box like 36' camper.

You could probably tow a flat bed trailer with with bricks that totaled 10,000lbs that had very little wind resistance. That is if most of the weight was over the axles.

Look inside the drivers side door to see what the occupant/ cargo capacity is on the truck. You will see by the time you add people and tools and then the hitch plus the weight trailer you will be over this capacity.

For a 1/2 ton truck the longest trailer I would want to tow is around 28' and total weight of 7,000lbs. Even that is the max.
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:47 PM   #6
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Concur with Tuffr2. Two dead transmissions and one engine rebuild convinced me that you need to leave a minimum of a 20% margin on what the lying manufacturers and salespeople say and what is actually possible without damage. Also, the weight and wheelbase of a 1/2 ton truck are on the short side for towing a 36 ft box. Do you really want to risk your family by pushing the margins?
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Old 10-05-2018, 06:01 PM   #7
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Nope.. As stated you will eat the drive train quickly. Also, everyone thinks about being able to tow .... what about being able to STOP
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Ok, I'm also curious about weather or not there is enough payload, but what does the wheel base have to do with towing this particular trailer? If he was asking about a 3/4 ton ext cab std bed every one would say go for it, yet it has a shorter wheel base. When talking about pick ups, please leave wheel base out of it. Its a non issue.
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:34 PM   #9
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Im with tuffr2. Id be ok with weight but with that length id say no way. And i have a 3/4 ton ram crew cab long wheel base hemi that i wouldnt either. My tt is 28' and is all i want on a bumper pull. I pulled a 32' with my truck for 2 trips and then bought a shorter tt. Weight was never the issue. Controlling it on the interstate and inside campgrounds was my issue. But to each his own.
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:45 PM   #10
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Wheelbase does come into play. A 3/4 ton truck will have a longer wheelbase than a 1/2 ton truck. That helps a 3/4 ton truck control the trailer. Also helping is the extra weight of a 3/4 ton truck, bigger frame, stiffer suspension, 'E' rated tires and probably a few more things that make a 3/4 ton truck a much better towing platform than a 1/2 ton truck.
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Ok, these are measurements off the Chevy website. Double cab standard bed 3/4 ton wheelbase is 144.2. 1/2 is 143.5. only .7" difference. The cc short bed 1/2 ton is the same wheel base. The cc std bed is 3/4 ton 152.7 and 1/2 ton is 153.0. so the 1/2 is actually .3" longer. So now can we please leave wheelbase out of it!

Yes the HD trucks are better tow vehicles, but the difference in wheelbase is pointless. We aren't comparing a blazer to a suburban here.
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Humm, my F-250 has a wheelbase of 160".
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:13 PM   #13
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I learned from experience on this.
I had a half ton that towed every trailer I hooked up to it without an issue. These were flat bed and utility trailers that weighed up to 10000 lbs. Then I got a travel trailer with a gvwr of 7000 lbs. The problem wasn't the weight... the truck pulled it effortlessly. The problem was the length. 30feet long. Every gust of wind pushed me all over the road. Every truck that passed me or that I passed pulled me towards it. It was not a relaxing tow.
As much as I didnt want to, I traded it in on a super duty. The stability is way better now. You cant put a price on you family's safety and the safety of everyone else.
Everyone that I talked to said that 26 foot is the max length for a 1/2 ton.
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In my opinion, That's not too much weight, but that a lot of length for a half ton. It may or may not handle that length very well. For the properly equipped truck I don't think that weight is out of the question, but I would want a little less total length for the half ton. Maybe 32' range. These newer 1/2 ton power trains work pretty well but the 1/2 ton suspension is still a half ton suspension. For me personally I would like 32' max length and 7000lbish max weight. Yes it will tow more but I think those maxes I advised will be safer and more comfortable in all conditions and terrains than pushing it closer to maxes. I am not usually one to worry about maxes but safety is an important thing as well.
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