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Old 02-17-2014, 11:24 AM   #15
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When we bought our 26' Prowler TT back in '91 Fleetwood listed the tongue weight in their brochure as 480#. A few years later I weighed the trailer in its average loaded configuration and on a whim I weighed the tongue.

1020# on the tongue!

We had the model with the front kitchen meaning that the food and utensils were at the front of the trailer, but there is no possible way we had over 500# up there.

The factory hitch on our Suburban was rated at 1,000# dead weight and 10,000# drawbar. I immediately had it modified to a rating of 1,200 / 12,000#.

We had the truck and trailer for 21 years and I estimate we towed it over 25,000 miles. Our Suburban was a heavy duty 3/4T with a big block V8 and with that much tongue weight it was a dream to tow. Were we to tow a trailer again, I'd go with a heavy duty tow vehicle. But that's just my 2 cents worth.

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Old 04-17-2014, 06:56 PM   #16
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I recently had the same issue. I had a Ram 1500 with a tow rating of 10,300 pounds. I did not realize the payload rating was only 1300 pounds. We bought a TT with a GVW of 9,000 pounds and assumed about 900 pounds TW. After purchase of the TT we discovered the TW of the TT is 1150 pounds empty. This means with my wife and I in the truck and the TT empty we were already almost 300 pounds overloaded. By the time we load everything up in the TT and the truck we would be way overweight. We traded the 1500 with the 1300 payload for a 2500 with a 3400 payload. Now we can load it down and travel cross country and be well within the capabilities of the truck.

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You don't have enough tow vehical my trailer has a dry weight of 7,000 and a GVW of 9,000. I wouldn't dream of going down the interstate for more than 30-40 miles with less than a 3/4 ton.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:04 PM   #18
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My TT has an advertised hitch weight of 800 lbs and it actual comes is at just south of 1,100 lbs. Admittedly, I carry a lot of stuff in the front storage compartment. Based on that, I'd add at least 200 lbs. I have a dry weight of 7100 lbs and coming in well over 9,000. Sound like your more than pushing the envelope. I don't think 1/2 tons have the juice to handle much over 4-5 k lbs dry weight.
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All the risks involved by using a 1/2 ton truck to tow this heavy trailer are not worth you or your loved ones lives. 1/2 ton trucks can not tow such loads safely. Bite the bullet and get a 3/4 ton truck immediately. Your safety is important!

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