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Old 10-13-2018, 02:03 PM   #11
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Just curious as to the gas mileage at 60-70 with your rig?
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:41 PM   #12
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It was probably averaging around 9-10. I noticed about 13-14 in dead flat areas down to 5 on the small uphills. Like I said the tow haul activated pretty much kept it in a good RPM range where it makes power.
Not being very happy with the lack of attention to ddetailthat the technician displayed, I readjusted the hitch after I got home from work today, and I think I got it better adjusted.
I went accross the scales afterwards at a local fruit packing shed.
My front axel weight was 3390 #
Rear axle weight bwas 3270 #(total truck weight was 6660 #
Trailer axles combined was 5070 #
I know with the wife and I in, and a about a half tank of gas it its usually about 6000-6100 pounds
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:25 PM   #13
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Congrats on the new rig. FYI Your OEM Trailer Tires are probably only rated to 65mph.
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Old 10-16-2018, 05:31 PM   #14
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I would go with E rated tires
I had to change my tires as well. They were E rated 10 ply but they can only hold 2300lb at 60psi
Got new tires and they do hold 3700 a tire. Feel much better
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:54 PM   #15
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Prior to upgrading to a 3/4 ton diesel, we towed a 25 ft fifth wheel on a short trip with a 2005 GMC 1500 with a 5.3 gas engine and I am not real sure what the rear end ratio was, but it towed OK, but all we got was about the 9/10 mph, and that varied on hills or flats. Later on, was talking to a cousin who was an automotive instructor at a local college and he advised me that the rear ends on half ton trucks can not handle excessive towing with large loads like these trailers. He said the gears are not designed to handle the heat, and that extra attention to maintenance of the rear ends is needed, like much more frequent lube changes. He also said the bearings on the axles are very small compared to heavier trucks, so be prepared to check them often too. I would also think brakes and everything else needs to be maintained more frequently on the lighter trucks when used for towing larger trailers on a regular basis. Just because the numbers may just make it work, it still is a lot of load for a half ton truck.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:03 PM   #16
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8000 not too much for half ton. You can do little early maintenance that's all. With diesel dont tell me you getting 15mpg when pulling 10k trailer.
Spending 200$ more on fluid change a year way better then put your self in a deep hole payment for new one tone or 3/4 diesel. My Silverado was rated at 10k half ton. I pulled 8k trailer bo problem. Never single problem or over heat. If you step to a bigger unit like 14k toyhauler then yes you need diesel. There is people out there that will tell.you that you need diesel to pull pop up camper. What a joke. They feel safer pulling that trailer with diesel. If you scared to tow or dont feel safe just get 4500 dodge or Ford dually you be ok lol. Just keep on towing with your dodge 1500 just change your tires and put air bags and some sway controls. Good to go
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:08 PM   #17
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Now I have one ton single wheel dodge ram and I am pulling 37ft bumper pull toyhauler. Wd hitch 2 sway bars and air bags and 3700lb tires on my truck. No sway, no sag, no luck of power, 14k loaded and I dont even considering that I am close to hit my limit. Long as you have your set up right you be good.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:09 PM   #18
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When I was a kid in the early 80's my uncle pulled a 28?ft Palomino with a Buick station wagon. Grant d it had a 455 in it, but I'm sure the suspension was probably on par or less than today's 1/2 ton chassis. I survived many a ride in the back of that wagon with my cousins. I'm sure I'll be fine in my 1500, if not you all will be the first to read about me in the papers.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:10 PM   #19
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SVT you in Meridian Idaho?
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:12 PM   #20
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You will be good. Just take it easy.
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