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Old 07-11-2014, 07:16 PM   #1
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1/2 ton Pickup Doesn't seem right!!

I am staying at a campground in Quebec City. My wife and I just walked around and noticed numerous people pulling a 30ft plus 5th wheel or TT with 1/2 ton pickups. I am seeing Toyota, Nissan and the Ford F150's pulling campers bigger than mine and I have a 30ft 5th wheel with a 2500 diesel. I guess I over bought)
I am still thinking the 1/2 ton pickups should not be pulling something that big and heavy. Just because the manufacture states it is okay doesn't mean that it is.
Am I wrong?
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:19 PM   #2
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No..not wrong
I pull a 5000 lb 5th wheel with my GMC 1500....pulls it fine......I wouldnt want to go any bigger with the trailer
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:22 PM   #3
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I agree with you. I pulled a 28 foot tag along with a 150 Ford without a problem. I pulled a 40 foot Cedar Creek, then a 40 foot Hartland-Rushmore with a F250, then a F-350 birth diesels. No one should pull a 5er with less than a250 or 2500 diesel.


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Old 07-11-2014, 08:05 PM   #4
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Remember you are in Canada, a metric country. A metric ton is 1000 kilograms, or about 2,204 lbs. A half ton truck capacity is 1,102 lbs.
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:16 PM   #5
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Most truck owners in campgrounds have not been subjected to the online forum weight police.
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:21 PM   #6
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Owning a 14' Tundra...I would never even think about a 5er. Two weeks ago saw a 35' high profile 5er being towed by an older Tundra ?!@3@!?? He was over-loaded in so many ways....I felt sorry for the truck.
Mine as delivered is rated at 9800 lbs, 1700 lbs. pay-load limit.
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they think there so right.. in tell you park on any kind of hill and find your park pall in your trans OR that one tire cant hold you back any more
and it runs away down the hill .. dont take much of one ether .. google RV crash in pics you well see a hand full

yeah you can move it just fine
you can even stop it with all wheels working for braking power

but park on a hill and ask that one lonely tire to hold you back
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:04 PM   #8
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I would say a 24 footer is max for a 1/2 ton to be safe. People will do anything to save a buck, what idiots, just check out my avatar
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I have always bought in to the theory that it isn't the pulling part, it's the stopping part.

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Old 07-11-2014, 10:41 PM   #10
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No doubt these things happen. If you look in any thread there are the proponents of hauling the biggest trailer with the smallest truck. I call it the "watch this" syndrome.

Some will tell you that with their past history and work experience they were able to get that little truck to haul like a 350. Then there is the fellow who reads that post and says "well my trailer is only 4 feet longer but I am only going to load it lightly because we are only going 45 miles on level ground for the weekend"

It is scary but the amazing part is most of them will get away with it!
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If you play the odds....eventually the odds will catch up to you.....Same with a large rig and small truck....odds will catch up to the driver......
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Most of them are weekend campers and don't go more then 50 miles from home. Just need something to pull it to the campsite and then back home. Jim
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The issue I have is although they are only weekend folks they are still on the road - even for a short time. Everyone is in a hurry so they drive flat out to get the max time at the campground. Many times you see them fly by with the trailer wagging the tow unit.
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Remember you are in Canada, a metric country. A metric ton is 1000 kilograms, or about 2,204 lbs. A half ton truck capacity is 1,102 lbs.
I think that you will find that most of us Canuckleheads on here relate that sort of info in terms that you US of Aers understand. Our trucks being US models are rated in pounds, most of the RVs are rated in pounds, so we do that for you....Plus, most of us are old farts that never could get to understand the metric system anyways.
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