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KD4UPL wrote:

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KD4UPL wrote:

..There are many different kinds of trailers: flat bed, dump, horse, cargo, boat, equipment, cattle, and RV. They all have their differences. A hard sided RV trailer is by far the most challenging. They have a huge frontal area, a high percentage of tongue weight, a large side "sail" area to catch wind, and very limited ability to adjust the weight balance. The same truck that might pull an 8,000 pound boat very well might be a struggling hand full with a 6,000 pound RV.lo

So, yes, your truck can pull 11,500 pounds. If that's a flatbed load of bricks or a dump trailer load of gravel you're probably fine. If you're talking about a hard sided RV I wouldn't even want to tow 9,000 pounds with a 1500 series truck.
You apprently aren't familiar with the SAE J2807 standard, which is how truck ratings are established, or you would never had made such a ridiculous statement.


None of my statements are ridiculous. Their are multiple types of trailers, they do have different physical characteristics and quirks, they do tow differently. Wind resistance and tongue weight are absolutely factors that must be considered in how suitable a tow vehicle is.
Are you suggesting that a trailer that vastly overloads the rear axle, tires, and hitch is just fine as long as it weighs no more than the "tow rating" of the vehicle?
No, I'm suggesting the tow rating is not established with a flatbed trailer. Per J2807 standard, Its established with a high wall trailer with a 65 Sft frontal area; completely opposite your statement.

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