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Old 01-22-2018, 07:56 AM   #51
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Originally Posted by CWtheMan View Post
The ultimate limiting factor on any vehicle is itís GVWR.

The specs to work your weight with are on the trailer's labeling. If the dealer did his "due diligence" with the CCC label your figures won't be over GVWR.

RV trailer fitments differ some from your truck's fitments. Keystone has gone overboard with their large 3 axle trailers and given their owner's LOTS of load capacity reserves. To get the braking capacity for the 19K trailer they probably had to go with 7000# GAWR axles. Doing so forced them to go with the LRG tires. I hope somewhere in the owner's manual they stressed not to exceed GVWR. You have lots of tire and axle reserves.

The reason I stressed the truck's limiting factors is because some think the commercial "hot shot" trucking info fits their situation and it does not.
95% of those big THs should never be hooked up to anything but a dually truck either, I've lost count on how many I've seen behind 2500/250s, sorry folks that ain't enough truck once it's full of toys regardless of what your rv or truck salesman told you. My buddy bought a 42' TH 2 years ago that had GY Marathons Es on it, he almost made it from OKC to Tucson before blowing 2 of them, he has also upgraded to 17.5" Sailun 637 H, now has no more tire worries.


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Old 02-09-2018, 11:23 AM   #52
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Originally Posted by IRV2 View Post
It feels so comfortable and it tows great, even better than the previous tow behind. Which is when I added bags. The bags sure do help with the ride I understand they don't do anything for weight. Its really the numbers that are concerning to me and I didn't understand any of this weight rating stuff. I'm really close to overloading even on a three day weekend. However I'm learning and appreciate this forum.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB!! I have a similar 5er, Laredo 285SBH. My combo weighs in right at 9600lbs for the truck(loaded with gear and family), 16,700lbs combined. My Ram 2500 has a payload of 2260lbs, I'm over payload but well under axle and Combined ratings. It 100% tows better than my 6,000lb Travel trailer did. I installed airbags in my just for peace and mind, have very little squat on the back before the air bags. I would pay close attention to your tire and axle ratings unless you plan on going up to a 3500/350 anytime soon. I will do that in a few years but until then, I'll pay close attention to the same

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Old 02-10-2018, 05:18 AM   #53
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Once you are all loaded up go to a CAT scale and see how much load is on the axles. You may be close to the axle rating.


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