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Posted: 06/22/20 06:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey everyone, I'm very new here and wanted some advice. I have 4 kids and I'm looking into buying a travel trailer. I own a 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500, 5.3L, 3.42 rear, crew cab short box 4x4. I'm looking at a 29ft. Hemisphere Hyperlyte because I like the bunk house setup. That weight puts me right at my 80% give or take 100lbs. I'm learning through research that the weight may not be the issue so much as these size. Is this just too dangerous of a setup? Can a good enough hitch provide enough stability even with a half ton to allow this setup? Please give me more than just a no. I've towed plenty of things and I'm a confident driver, but I don't want to do something that's just not good. Thanks.

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What is the payload of your truck? A far more important number than your truck’s max trailer weight.

Sorry but “I've towed plenty of things and I'm a confident driver,..” doesn’t apply. It’s all in the numbers.


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You gotta just love Warren’s Forest River...Hitch Weight: 575 lb.UVW 5984

Hitch weight less than 10%. “Why, son, your truck can pull anything on this lot!”

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Tongue weight........Biggest issue I can see.

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I have a 2019 Chev Silverado, same specs as your. Personally, I would not want to pull one of that size with my truck. Not saying it can't be done, but more to consider than just towing. I don't have a manual for mine, but the Chev service dept told me 7,500 max loaded to tow. I am towing about 5,000 with weight distribution/stabilizer. Enough for my truck. With your size family, weight adds up fast. I would like to put airbags on mine.

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Which model and what dry weight?

I recommend close to 6000 dry for most half tons including yours. The amount of people comfortably towing more than that drops off quickly as weight goes up from there.


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What are the numbers we can double check your match. id guess on the heavy side but right now im guessing

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After doing a lot of research I'm looking into a Salem cruise lite 273qb. The dry weight claims to be 5950, and the overall length will be 33' with the tongue and everything. My tow rating is 9100lbs. I'm going to spend the money on a good brake controller and WDH with sway control. It feels less risky to me especially with the dry weight being under 6k. What do you all think?

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whats the payload of your truck.

to give you an idea......

my f150 has 1950 lbs payload
my camper has a gvwr of 4,677 lbs (use this dry weight means nothing mine is 3,453 lbs and my camper is well over this and nowhere near full)
my family (wife, myself,daughter 6 son 4) weighs in around 450 lbs (this will grow with the kids)
my hitch weighs around 100 lbs
i usually have around 300 lbs of fire wood/coolers/bikes in the truck.

my tongue weight to pull nice is around 15% so 700 lbs

1950
-700
-450
-100
-300
= 400 lbs left.

this is easy a good fit for me, pulls nice and i dont need to worry about extras and the kids can grow.

do your numbers. most half tons will be limited by this. power wise i could go much heavier, wouldnt want to go much bigger in reality.

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Forget the dry weight. Not particularly accurate and not particularly useful. Ditto with the tow rating. It’s not useful for pulling a big box through the air.
Use the gross weight of the trailer. Take 13% of that for an idea of max tongue weight and add 100 pounds for a WDH.
Find the payload sticker on the driver’s door jamb.
Then do the math.


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