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Old 02-14-2019, 12:18 PM   #127
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Originally Posted by Cyclone Dave View Post
Did you use the app in "Expert" mode or "Beginner" mode? Beginner mode explains what you need to know. And if that isn't clear as a bell, then there are lots of answers in the FAQ within the app.
Thanks, it was in beginner mode and I couldn't find the answers to the qustions above but, they've been answered now.

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Old 02-14-2019, 12:36 PM   #128
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OK, with that 6,100# GVW you're left with 800# before you reach your 6,900# GVWR. Naturally if that weight wasn't with the truck fully loaded with all the passengers and gear ready to camp you'll have less than an 800# margin. You'll need a weight distribution hitch and that would probably add around close to 100# or so to your GVW. If you subtract the 6,200# GVW from your 15950# GCWR that would leave you to believe you can tow up to 9,350#. You're limiting factor now is tongue weight. If you're left with a max tongue weight of 700# and figure on that being about 12% of the trailer weight, you're looking at a trailer that is a maximum of 5,833#. A 5th wheel pin weight at a low of 20% would be a trailer weight of 3,500#, which probably doesn't exist, unless it's super small. Those max trailer weight numbers could be more with the proper setup of the weight distribution hitch. It will distribute weight to the front axle of your truck and to the trailer axles. I don't remember the percentages , but I believe they can be substantial.

Something else to consider is that fact that your 6,900# GVWR is 900# less than your combined axle ratings. My guess would be that the tires are what's keeping the GVWR down (it could be be suspension components or whatever). If you load up to your axle rating on either axle you've exceeded the rating on some other component.

I don't know if this has clarified anything or made it more confusing, but good lick anyway.
Thanks much! I think I'm getting there. Does the "weight distribution hitch" change the Weight ot tongue weight? I'm googleing now. Thanks again

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Old 02-14-2019, 08:53 PM   #129
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Thanks much! I think I'm getting there. Does the "weight distribution hitch" change the Weight ot tongue weight? I'm googleing now. Thanks again
Here's a question and answer on how a weight distribution set up works.

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