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JIMNLIN

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Posted: 06/18/19 07:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some folks have preconceived ideas about 1/2 ton trucks even though like yours its working fine and not overloaded.
Your a brave lad coming on a rv forum and brag about your 1/2 ton combo.


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JIMNLIN wrote:

....snip.....
Your a brave lad coming on a rv forum and brag about your 1/2 ton combo.


Or, he wants to rattle the cage of folks who are pretty sure a fifteen year old 1500 series truck that is probably over on three out of four ratings is not a good choice for towing over 8,000 pounds. He got a few of us to take the bait.

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Going from a Tundra to my current truck and experiencing similar tow weights, I’ll say that is a LOT of trailer, especially for an older 1/2 ton which lacks the towing capacity of the newer 1/2 ton trucks. The Nissan HD with the 5.0 CTD is one 1/2 that would tow that trailer fine. Unfortunately it cost as much as my RAM, so maybe not so good.


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TomG2 wrote:

JIMNLIN wrote:

....snip.....
Your a brave lad coming on a rv forum and brag about your 1/2 ton combo.


Or, he wants to rattle the cage of folks who are pretty sure a fifteen year old 1500 series truck that is probably over on three out of four ratings is not a good choice for towing over 8,000 pounds. He got a few of us to take the bait.


That was not my intention, but after reading your reply I guess it does sound like a bad idea. I did try to downgrade to a smaller unit, but was offered about half of what i owe towards a second hand smaller one. My truck is only used to haul the camper, so it is hard to justify buying a new one.


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zed1k wrote:

AppFire wrote:

Dangerous, just plain dangerous.....


Please explain, my truck maintains highway speed with low rpm, i have an upgraded suspension, upgraded brakes, and the trailer has absolutely no sway. We all cant afford 3500 diesels, but my trailer tows great with what i have. Might be different if i planed a trip across the country


nore do most of us need a 3500 diesel for the 3 camping trips a year lol.

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TomG2 wrote:

JIMNLIN wrote:

....snip.....
Your a brave lad coming on a rv forum and brag about your 1/2 ton combo.


Or, he wants to rattle the cage of folks who are pretty sure a fifteen year old 1500 series truck that is probably over on three out of four ratings is not a good choice for towing over 8,000 pounds. He got a few of us to take the bait.

Thanks...that reply make my point of my post.

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Posted: 06/19/19 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So many armchair drivers,
So little experience driving his combo.


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I just changed the diff fluid, looks great no metal on the magnet at all, good sign i guess

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Posted: 06/19/19 05:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I changed mine every year. The magnet had lots of metal on it every year... And not all that many miles. That TT never left the state, and I have a 3 mile work commute. 3 or 4 years and the diff was toast. And that was a 12 bolt with a 7K TT.

Keep an eye on it.
zed1k wrote:

I just changed the diff fluid, looks great no metal on the magnet at all, good sign i guess



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Posted: 06/19/19 05:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is that with your current truck?

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