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Old 04-13-2021, 05:24 PM   #1
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My truck and trailer tow weights

I see alot of people towing with mid-size trucks, crossovers, etc lately with bigger and bigger rigs. I have a 5.3L silverado 1500 with a 20ft Bambi which I don't think is a large trailer and I am only a couple hundred pounds under my payload, the numbers are attached below. I think everyone should do the calculations just to see where they sit. It may feel fine when you tow but in case of an accident I don't want some forensic accident investigator to ask why I was towing over my limits.
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Old 04-13-2021, 06:30 PM   #2
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I like using a calculator also. I made my own based on my individual trailer, cargo, and equipment. It’s Microsoft Excel based and I can customize it for each load and/or trip. It’s important to know your weights and your limits.

FYI - I pull a 23 FB with a GMC Sierra 1500. It’s very doable, but I have to be careful with what and how I pack.
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Old 04-13-2021, 08:59 PM   #3
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I’ve got a similar setup to yours: my 20’ is a little older than yours, is a Flying Cloud, but my 5.3 Sierra is rated to 9800lbs... on our very first trip ever, our first stop was at the nearest CAT scale, verified that all was well. I know there are folks out there towing these with Highlanders and 4Runners, but I’ll admit as much as I liked my 4Runner, I had to trade it for the Sierra, just couldn’t trust it w/o having enough factor-of-safety capacity over the bare minimum.
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If you are using a weight distribution hitch you will find that your truck payload capacity will increase depending on the trailer GVWR and the Truck GVWR and GCWR. In any event your axle F/R GAWR will be your limiting factor.
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Old 04-14-2021, 05:20 AM   #5
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I see alot of people towing with mid-size trucks, crossovers, etc lately with bigger and bigger rigs. I have a 5.3L silverado 1500 with a 20ft Bambi which I don't think is a large trailer and I am only a couple hundred pounds under my payload, the numbers are attached below. I think everyone should do the calculations just to see where they sit. It may feel fine when you tow but in case of an accident I don't want some forensic accident investigator to ask why I was towing over my limits.
Are the numbers on your chart real scale or from the book figures?


I would...go to the CAT with a loaded for camping rig, you'll know the real weights and be able to set the weight distribution properly.👍

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Old 04-14-2021, 07:47 AM   #6
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One pass through the CAT scales tells you a whole lot. Takes just seconds and costs about $12 Best bargain around for real knowledge of your weights. Personally I think most people have done that. Knowing that I am well covered in all weight areas is a good feeling.
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You're fine. Good truck for that trailer...especially with a weight distributing hitch.
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Old 04-14-2021, 10:24 AM   #8
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Hi

The biggest issue for safety is stability. Unfortunately, that has zip to do with the numbers on this or that sticker. Equally unfortunate is the fact that it can be quite difficult to spot a marginal stability situation. There's a lot of "that's just how it is" handwaving that goes on.

Wind blows the wrong way on a downhill curve at this or that speed and marginal turns into major. Net result is a lot of damage and possibly worse than that.

Focusing to much on the numbers, can easily distract from the bigger picture. In order to change the stability, you may well need to adjust the loading ( and / or ) WD. If everything is right at max when you start, you have no way to adjust anything. You are stuck in a dangerous situation.

Best to target limits around 80% of max. Then you have room to adjust things ....

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You're fine. Good truck for that trailer...especially with a weight distributing hitch.
Good...is only good if hitched, loaded and driven safely within it's margins.

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