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Old 07-12-2014, 10:45 AM   #15
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Until actual trailer gross weights and pin/tongue weights can be cited, this is mostly conjecture. A modern half ton truck typically has a payload of 1400-1700 lbs, which means it could handle maybe a 7000 lb 5W or a 9000 lb TT. A 30 foot TT could easily fit in that range but the 5W would probably be shorter.

That said, there are more than a few overloaded half tons out there. They tow OK as long as things go well on the road but are likely to come up short if an emergency turn or stop is required. And the truck's own lifetime & reliability is reduced to some degree as well. Personally, I'd rather have too much truck than too little.
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I have been on I 95 pulling my light weight Rockwood 5vr with my Silverado 2500 Allison Duramax and been passed by F150's pulling Montanas and Cedar Creeks while travelling at 65 MPH and they are all from Quebec!!! I guess they had better tires than my Chinese bombs.
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Could you go around and ask them where they are headed so we can avoid those roads? We've got one of those "big mama" Drv's that weighs in at 19,400 and we had to get a new truck to pull it down the road. We are big believers in having enough truck to stop it.
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