My Dodge 3/4 ton is the same truck as a 1 ton except for one overload leaf spring, easy to upgrade. Yes, if I could go back in time I would've just gotten the 1 ton! Same engine, transmission, differential, brakes, tires/wheels, etc... At this point, my 3/4 ton has more rear suspension capability than a stock 1 ton SRW.
I have a 1 ton, never tow faster than 55, it is a srw short bed but I do have a slider hitch, and I have airbags. What category do I fit in on your ledger op? Overall I get your point but your post comes off as a bit short sighted and presumptious.
My dad tows a 14k GVWR Fiver with his 03 Dodge 2500 without airbags (Cummins), Tows great!
Ironic that the 3/4 ton guys are taking a beating on this thread.
1 ton guys beat up on 3/4 ton and half tonners
3/4 toners tell the one toners that they are ok and the half tonners that they are NOT ok.
Half ton guys, well, we just run what we brung.
Pulled my trailer tonight at 65, could have ran 75, how can a little ole 5.4 do that? Same as the 3/4 ton guys pull big fivers,
we hitch and go.
1/2 ton boys didn't get picked up by the saleman and dropped on his head as long as the 3/4 and 1 ton guy, the 3/4 and 1 ton think they got it right, they just got it put in them.
2005 Chev 5.3 Supercharged 395HP 425 T hp. Two wheels on front, 2 on back. one seat, tint windows. front and rear bumpers, headlights, windows. Door on each side. Heater, floor mats, 6 Reese candy bars, junk behind seats, some dirt. Pulls so hard.
California has a 55 mph speed limit for trailer towing. I rarely exceed that.
I'm on vacation.
You and I must be the only 2 people in California who even remotely try to abide by the 55mph trailer towing speed limit. I go 55-60. I haven't seen a trailer doing 55mph in a long time, unless the truck just simply couldn't climb the hill any faster. Most are doing 65-75 like everybody else, including the 'professional' semi truck drivers.
"I guess the 65MPH rating on the trailer tires really doesn't matter either."
Why do you think they had trailer tires (ST)?
Perhaps they, like many folks do, put LT tires on their trailer.
I would say that the majority of folks towing trailers non-commercially likely don't even know there is such a thing as an LT or ST tire, let alone that there is a speed rating on the ST's. They're probably just oblivious to the whole issue and merrily going along their way.
In doing research for our HDT and restrictions by the feds and certain states, IMO all RVs may come under more restrictions then we now have, including the Gross Combination Weight Rating of the TV. As far a speed certain state routes in Ohio posted 65 Mph is for passenger cars but if your towing 55 is the speed limit. Some of the people who tow at 75 MPH have not a clue of what happens when a tire(s) blow at this speed on a 6 to 7 ton fifth wheel. I have responded on these types of accidents for 30 years, and the statement is always the same "I don't know what happened"