I've got a 2017 Silverado 1500, and recently it has started to wear an early 90's Shadow Cruiser soft-sided TC. Wet weight advertised at 1113 lbs. Loaded, I'm guessing the TC is around 15-1600 lbs in the real world. Riding on E-rated tires. 6.5' bed with the TG down, and the HD towing package. I recently installed Firestone airbags.
This weekend I'm taking the Scout Troop camping about 125 miles away. I may need to haul the Troop trailer, an enclosed single axle 6x10 cargo trailer. I'd guess the weight around 3-3500 lbs. This trailer has no brakes.
The truck is rated to tow 9900 lbs. I'm right around my rated payload with the camper, but...airbags.
What to do? I'm almost certain to need a hitch extension to make this work, with the TG being down. What does this do to the tongue weight the hitch will see? Magnify it?
Stopping may be a bigger concern, I suppose. I can use engine braking and the brakes are new, and I've hauled heavier combinations before, but not with the TC or the airbags, since I just installed them. Higher COG with the TC may make things handle differently.
What are your thoughts? Some kind of Super Hitch? Give someone else gas money to haul the trailer this time (probably cheaper!)? I'd really like to try out the TC, but the ground may be the safest bet this weekend.
Seems like I need a bigger truck...
Opinions appreciated! Many thanks!