Originally Posted by GKIRON
Hi, We are on a search for a trailer. My wife likes the twin bed set up types... Garage length now is 23' 11'', door height 9' 11''. ... Also what can I pull with a 1999 Chevy Sivarado 1500
2wd.,5.3 V-8, auto,3;42 rear end ratio, Ext. cab. 6' bed ? Do I need to put heavier rear springs on the truck? Any tips or experience will help!..... Door width 9'11'',1/2''.
From the 1999 towing guide, your pickup (C1500 5.3 V-8 A 7,000a,f) would have a maximum tow rating (if equipped properly) of 7000 lbs. Most here on the Forum like to see a 20% "safety factor", so look to pull a MAXIMUM of 5600 lbs. It's important to weigh the trailer prior to purchase - the trailers often weigh out much more than "list" weight. The AS "length" already includes the tongue, so a 22' would PROBABLY fit in the garage - you won't have any walk around room, though.
Remember, you will have to open the trailer door once in the garage - that may or may not be a problem - a 10' wide door should fit most 'streams.
Your manufacturer (Chevy) rates your max tow weight for specific reasons - therefore "just" adding more spring to the rear axle will NOT necessarily increase the stated max of the tow vehicle - it is what it is...7,000 lbs. Make sure you are not exceeding the weight limits of the TV (tow vehicle) when it is fully loaded for travelling. Tongue weight and hitch weight could put you over the top on gross or rear axel limits.
Be sure you educate yourself as much as possible by reading the threads here prior to seriously looking at everything. Lots of good buys right now, but you have to know what (and where) to look.