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Old 10-19-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Talking From Santa Fe, Tx. close to Galveston.

Just inherited a 2006 Bighorn Fifth wheel. Max load 16000lbs. Trying to make sure My Silverado 2500HD 6.0L will pull it long distance and if so, I will be looking for a used air-ride hitch or kingpin
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:01 PM   #2
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welcome to iRV2. I am afraid that a 6.0L gas 3/4 ton is a LONG way from enough truck for a 16,000 # trailer. Out 36' Carriage Cameo has a GVWR of 16,050# and I have a 1 ton diesel dually. for the job.

You need to see about a 3500 series or an F350 with a diesel.

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Old 10-19-2012, 08:36 PM   #3
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:17 AM   #4
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Hello from Texas City!

That is a lot of trailer for a 3/4 ton. Without having duals you also loose some stability. A good question is, what is the king pin weight when fully loaded? Will the tires hold up to the load capacity. Is the truck a long bed or a short bed? Short beds can handle more pin weight (If I remember correctly).

Here is the biggest kicker of all. Will the brakes be able to handle the stopping? Yes, l the trailer has brakes, but the truck does most of the stopping.

Is the present truck equipped with the tow package? If not, I would not do it for sure.

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Old 10-20-2012, 02:21 PM   #5
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After rechecking i found I was wrong on the GVWR. It is 14000. Empty weight is 10500.
The door panel on the truck says the GVWR is 9700. I had to pull the trailer230 miles and it pulled pretty nice but a little jerky but no more than my other trailer did. 1986 jaco 28ft. 11000 GVWR.
When I put the new trailer on the truck, the bed only settled about 2 inches and I was suprised how quickly I was able to slow it from 60mph when a car pulled out in front of me and slowed down. I do have the trailer pkg and "E" rated tires. I found one of the formulas to figure this so I will see what that says. Even though I will still probably sell or trade
this trailer and get a smaller one.
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