Originally Posted by ksmith
My question is: Is there any good combinations with a gas truck that you can recommend with a travel trailer no longer than 30 feet or a diesel with a 26-35 foot fifth wheel and diesel truck?
A 30' TT can be 33' or 34' outside length or as little as 25' inside length. That's a big difference, so I'll assume you mean a TT with 28 to 30 in the model number. For example, Artic Fox 30U TT is 32'4" tip to tail outside, with a bit less than 30' inside length. It has a GVWR of 10,400 pounds and a 15% hitch weight for a max of 1,560 hitch weight.
Northwood Manufacturing: Arctic Fox Floorplan
So assuming that's what you mean by a 30' TT, let's see which Chevy/GMC it takes to tow it without being overloaded.
The pickup needs enough GVWR to haul the 1,560 hitch weight while also hauling people, pets, hitch, tools, and anything else you might have in the truck. And it needs enough GCWR to tow a 10,400 pound trailer without exceeding the GCWR of the pickup. So forget about a half ton - ain't gonna happen without being overloaded.
A wet and loaded 2500 gasser will weigh about 7,500 before you tie onto the trailer. A WD hitch will weigh at least 100 pounds. So it needs GVWR over 7,500+1,560+100 = 9,160. Add 500 pounds for the diesel version = 9,660.
Late-model Chevy/GMC 2500 CrewCab with gas engine and 4.10 axle has a GVWR of 9,500 pounds, so the payload capacity is barely enough for the hitch weight of the 30U TT.
Same truck has a GCWR of 20,500. 7,500 truck plus 10,400 trailer plus 100 hitch = 18,000 pounds, so the 20,500 GCWR is adequate for your needs.
But just adequate. And it will drink lots and lots of gasoline.
Better, with a lot more wiggle room for weights, would be the same truck but with a diesel engine and 3.73 axle ratio. 10,000 pounds GVWR is equivalent to the 9,500 of the gasser, because the diesel engine weighs about 500 pounds more than the gasser. But the GCWR of the diesel is 24,500, giving you a lot more wiggle room for dragging a 10,400 pound TT up a the grade of a steep mountain pass.
2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Pick Up Truck | Capabilities | Chevrolet
But you're not through spending money to match trailer to tow vehicle.
First, you must replace the factory receiver with one that can handle at least 1,560 pounds of hitch weight. Here's one for a 2010 GMC 2500 shorty:
Draw-Tite Class IV, 2 inch Receiver Hitch 41944
And the biggest mistake most first-time TT buyers make is in trying to get by with a cheap weight-distributing hitch. Don't make that mistake. If you want your TT to tow as good as a 5er, then decide up front to buy only the best TT hitch on the market = the $2,350 ProPride 3P.
Trailer Sway Control Hitch Guaranteed to Eliminate Trailer Sway - ProPride 3P