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RE: Maximum length for 1500

Doable? Yes. Comfortable to drive, probably not. I wouldn’t do it, but everyone has their own set of standards. ^This. I'll add, OP, that if you are asking the question, then you are inexperienced at towing and would be better served starting out smaller and working your way up. I used to tow a 28 foot camper but it was majority flatland. I'm comfortable towing it, I was more thinking of the capability and wear on my truck
Wolverinesfan15 07/29/19 01:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

Our trailer is a 28’ with an overall length of 33.5’. GVW of the trailer was about 8,500 lbs and tung weight was about 700-750 lbs. Towed it with our Tundra CrewMax, which had a max CCC of 1,387 lbs and a GVW of 10,400 lbs. We were always over on the cargo by a few hundred but fine on the GVW. Towed it about 5 times, including several 4-5 hour trips and it went ok, but never any real challenging terrain. Cross winds was the biggest issue. I knew we had a trip coming up through Salt River Canyon (Az) and I defiantly was not looking forward to it. Ended up trading up to a RAM 3/4 ton with the Cummins Diesel (2018). Salt River Canyon was a piece of cake, never looking back. Yeah I'm going with the trailer we want which is the one this post is on. I'm going to see how towing goes, and looking to trade in truck for a used 2500 diesel. See how it goes. Worst case gives me an excuse to give the wife on why I need to trade in the truck.
Wolverinesfan15 07/28/19 06:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

^side tip when figuring out what your family weighs, take 40 lbs off the wife and tack it on yourself. this will make for a better trip. trust me. Haha! Great idea
Wolverinesfan15 07/27/19 07:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

could likely be done, I wouldn't. not going to be a fun tow. whats the payload of the chevy? payload minus weight of everything and everyone in the truck and truck bed minus 100 lbs for the wd hitch is whats left for tongue weight. take that number (the remaining payload) and multiply by divide by 0.15 and that's the heaviest I would tow. dry weight means nothing. use the gvwr. example for my f150 1850 -400 (family and this will get bigger my kids are little) -250 (stuff in truck) -100 (hitch) -100 (fluff since I like to have room) =1000 available tongue weight 1000/0.15=6667 lbs my camper comes in fully loaded rate around 4500(shes only 23 feet and the and tows wonderfully gvwr 4677) go The payload is 2180. So based on those calculations I'd have about 1180 available time tongue weight and 7800 for camper weight. So by the time the camper is loaded with stuff I'm sure it will be closer to 6700-7000lbs. So would be close. Like you said then. Could probably be done but wouldn't be great towing.
Wolverinesfan15 07/27/19 07:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

Have seen this formula for length, pretty sure there's some science behind it but wasn't quoted: "Rule of thumb (20’ for 110” wheelbase + 1’ for each additional 4” of wheelbase)" That was adopted (plagiarized) from a veteran RVer on this forum. With this formula, my previous GMC 1500 was right at the safe limit of (27.9' calculated) and my RV is 28' hitch to bumper. For what it's worth. Yeah I saw the same thing. This one is 143.5 so probably the same as your GMC. I didn't know if that length would be a major difference or not. I was worried about the weight going up the hill. I know the tow capacity says 9100 but I figured it wasn't wise to be close to the max. Of course the dealer says "you're good! You have almost 3,000lbs to spare between dry weight and towing capacity." Thankfully I'm knowledgeable enough to know better
Wolverinesfan15 07/26/19 09:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

What year Silverado do you have. That can make a big difference.Older ones had 295 HO or 315 HP with either 4spd or 6 spd trannys. My 2017 has 355 HP and the 8 spd. It tows our 31 ft with no problems It also has payload of 1940 lb so it can handle the tongue weight fine. Our 2012 with the 6 spd was OK but the engine ended up at higher revs on long 6% grades. Yeah mine is a 2017 as well. Any experience with pulling it up and down mountains?
Wolverinesfan15 07/26/19 09:06pm Travel Trailers
Maximum length for 1500

I don't want to beat a dead horse and I have looked through the forums and found some information. I have a Silverado 1500 2WD crew cab with 3:42 gear ratio. The TT we like is 33 feet long and 6150 dry weight. This falls under the towing capacity of the truck but is it still to big to tow. We live not far from Yosemite and would be traveling up the mountain to camp often. First question is this TT realistically doable for this truck. Also, anyone with a similar set up, how does it do pulling up the hills? Appreciate all you experts out there. I have had a TT in Michigan but was about 27 feet and not hilly like it is out here.
Wolverinesfan15 07/26/19 05:50pm Travel Trailers
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