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Old 11-22-2013, 06:08 AM   #43
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With us this talk about payloads, I am finding it difficult to determine what specific make/models exhibit. I try simple google search and also manufacture's website.

Where can I find payload information?
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:16 AM   #44
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Where can I find payload information?
The manufacturer's website is usually a good starting point for payload and axle ratings. Edmonds, yahoo and even AOL also have good databases.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:21 AM   #45
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There was a time when every Airstream rally I went to could have been a Suburban rally instead - they used to be extremely popular for towing Airstreams. I didn't know they weren't making the 3/4 ton version any more.

I did consider Suburbans when we were buying but there were two reasons I chose against them. First, they seemed more expensive than an equivalent truck. Second, for our purposes, I like our truck anyway - I like having the ability to put dirty/smelly/wet/greasy/etc. things in the back without worrying about damaging carpet or making the interior smell. But it's not going to carry 6 or 8 people, either. Everyone needs to figure out their needs and then go from there.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:05 AM   #47
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Ok, so I got an example for everyone.

I checked 2014 Suburban 1/2 ton figures
curb weight: 5680
max payload: 1520
gvwr: 7200
max conventional trailering?: 8100
gcwr: 14000

then there is 27FB Flying Cloud
hitch weight: 791 (does this factor into your payload?)
gvwr: 7600
net carrying capacity: 1732

Is this all I would need to effectively determine if the tow vehicle would be safe and effective? Could someone walk me through this work up?
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I think the suburban payload is where I would run into trouble, if I am thinking correctly...

Considering the hitch weight, which I am assuming you subtract from payload, that only leaves about 700 lbs for humans and gear. Is this right?
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:29 AM   #49
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There are alot on info on the forum buying a TV. I went through it just over a year ago. What I learned was: first do your own research. Do not rely on the sales person for expert advice. I found that they knew little about towing and the definitions of all of various weight capacities shown on the door plate. I also found the forum to be the best in this regards.
I would also recommend that you read the fine print regarding towing when it comes to gasoline. For instance Ford recommends premium in their eco booster when towing. for this reason I looked at diesel as the price was almost similar.

IMO you should also purchase bigger then you think you will need. Why, because at least in my case, I continue to buy additional stuff to take on trips.

I ended up purchasing a new diesel F 250 and have no regrets. I avg about 14 miles towing and between 18 and 19 not towing.
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I think the suburban payload is where I would run into trouble, if I am thinking correctly...

Considering the hitch weight, which I am assuming you subtract from payload, that only leaves about 700 lbs for humans and gear. Is this right?
Yes....but consider.
Our weight distributing hitch transfers between 160-200lbs to the trailer axles depending on load.

But be advised... the Airstream published tongue weight for our 25' Classic is 760lbs.
The actual TW loaded for two weeks of boondocking is 1200lbs.
Our combined weight for this trip was 15960lbs.



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hypothetical calculation just for fun and consideration - not meant to be complete or accurate, but to consider:

Tongue weight of trailer: 791 lbs
Weight of hitch: 100 lbs (I have no idea, I think my propride is heavier at like 150)
Weight of me: 180, wife 160, 2 kids 60 and 80 lbs, 22 lb dog
Weight of other stuff in truck itself lets say 250 lbs?

Weight distribution hitch gains me back 150 lbs

So all those then minus 150 lbs = 1471 lbs

The 250lb number I am totally guessing...but when I did this calculus I remember thinking:

"I think I could pull off a 1/2 ton if I am careful and pack lean"

You will need to do this math for yourself

If you do not understand the subtraction from "weight distribution hitch", dont be shy to ask or youtube/google it...

Good luck

(PS - question to others on here - when manufacturer lists payload - say 1520 in this example...is that with TV dry or with TV on a full tank of gas?)
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I found this: 2005 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 LS

How could I find the weight details of this older model? Does this look like yours Bob?
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I found this: 2005 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 LS

How could I find the weight details of this older model? Does this look like yours Bob?
Scroll down on this link and you will get an overview of how it was equipped when new. It does have the HD tow option. At 8 years I would replace the factory receiver.(hitch) This concern goes beyond the 2002 model year....2008.


You could also call and see if the dealer has a VISS check available for the vehicle. A complete survey would give you all the options, warranty repair history, build sheet, everything highlighted in the heading on this one for our Burb.


There is also an option sticker in the glove box that lists all options in code form. Each number is decoded on the VISS build sheet. They are also available online.


On edit...

It will need clip-on towing mirrors or the factory style upgrade, also you'll have to install the larger wheelhouse flaps, especially rear. It does have LT tires, can't make out the load range though.
It sure looks like a pretty clean vehicle at reasonable mileage.

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Old 11-22-2013, 10:07 AM   #54
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I made the bad decision to buy the GM diesel version of the 1500 Suburban 4x4 in the mid 90s. I "owned" it for two years and it was in my garage less than six months of that time. The rest of the time it spent in both the local Bloomington dealership and the more qualified dealership in Indianapolis. The fuel injector system was a total failure.

Funny, if the Chevy/GMC guys had just walked down the hallway at GM Corporate there is a door labeled Detroit Diesel and they knew how to build a diesel engine that worked.

Since the Mercedes could not handle the ready for camping 25FB weight of 7,000 pounds of the 7,300 GVW (the Mercedes front axle weight rating was exceeded, the GVW was exceeded and the 5,000 pound rated gear train was unhappy with the 50% weight overload towing even on basically level roads around Phoenix), I was looking for a upgraded tow vehicle and I settled on the Dodge with the Cummins Diesel engine which had the turbocharger based upon what we designed years ago. I was very familiar with the longevity of Cummins engines.

The 2012 Dodge did not need the Urea additive in the fuel, the new Ford designed diesel engine is still too new to know if they got it correct this time and the Chevy/GMC drive train had some issues and I disliked the appearance.

I am very pleased with the performance and smoothness of this rig and it will have no issues towing our 31' Classic with a GVW of 10,000 pounds. It would be entirely possible that fully loaded for camping, the rig combined weight could be at or just over 19,000 pounds.
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hypothetical calculation just for fun and consideration - not meant to be complete or accurate, but to consider:

Tongue weight of trailer: 791 lbs
Weight of hitch: 100 lbs (I have no idea, I think my propride is heavier at like 150)
Weight of me: 180, wife 160, 2 kids 60 and 80 lbs, 22 lb dog
Weight of other stuff in truck itself lets say 250 lbs?

Weight distribution hitch gains me back 150 lbs

So all those then minus 150 lbs = 1471 lbs

The 250lb number I am totally guessing...but when I did this calculus I remember thinking:

"I think I could pull off a 1/2 ton if I am careful and pack lean"

You will need to do this math for yourself

If you do not understand the subtraction from "weight distribution hitch", dont be shy to ask or youtube/google it...

Good luck

(PS - question to others on here - when manufacturer lists payload - say 1520 in this example...is that with TV dry or with TV on a full tank of gas?)


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Manufacturer's listed payload # varies (some dry some with fluid) so I always use the cat scale to establish the true curb wt. (empty vehicle with full tank of gas). That way all the customization ( custom rim, tire, bed cap, exhaust mod e.t.c) on the vehicle is accounted for. The true cat scale curb wt. is now subtracted from the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating sticker # to establish my payload. Some tests even encourage to further subtract the average driver's wt. of 200 LB from the payload. See the pickup truck.com link below on one of their tests.

2013 Light-Duty Challenge: Calculated Max Payload and Towing - PickupTrucks.com Special Reports
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