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Hello all, i am looking in ~ upgrading from mine Trail cruiser TT to a Keystone Raptor fifth wheel. I have read and studied numerous avenues about the yes, really towing capability of mine truck and also am still in the dark. I have an "06 2500HD Chevrolet crew cab quick bed with the 8.1L gas engine, automatic 6 rate Allison transmission w/ hand-operated option/ tow haul option, 4:10 rear end, and a Tekonsha Prodigy brake box. I am installation the Firestone journey Rite wait bags, B&W turnover hitch, and the Ranch Hand 8" counter gooseneck adapter. The camper is the Keystone Raptor 361 LEV toy hauler. The Keystone catalog states the unit is 12420 lbs. Shipping weight and has a delivering capacity the 4080lbs. The hitch lists 2745 lbs, and the length is 39" 7". I have been said several different towing capacities on mine truck, varying from 12,000 lbs. (Chevy manual) come 15,800 lbs. (Keystone dealer). Ns don"t desire to max out my truck, but additionally just critical month paid it off and also am no wanting to have to obtain a brand-new one. Any type of suggestions/recomendations/information room truly appreciated
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You listed a gross auto weight limit of over 16,400 lbs because that the invited trailer. You"re vehicle, follow to the manufacturer is limited to 12,000 lbs and even by the many optimistic accounts (the Keystone dealer desires to market you a trailer BTW
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) is only qualified of 15,600 lbs, leave you with a moderate come severely overloaded van (most approximately here would certainly recommend a minimum of 10% safety margin in rating tow capacity). To attain that margin, you need a vehicle detailed by the manufacturer as capable of towing ~ 18,000 lbs.I think you require a bigger van or a smaller sized lighter trailer. :-
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Keep in mind dealers and also salesman are recognized to tell girlfriend what lock think will certainly close the address no regard for you and also anybody through you or close to you safety. Usage the GVWR native the sign on the trailer and the GVWR for your truck as noted by the manufacturer.
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First the all, use gross auto weight rating (GVWR) or base weight + carrying capacity in judging towability. Your prospective unit has a GVWR that 16500 lbs.You have the quick wheel basic crew cab -- through 4wd, the Trailer Life tables perform 15,300 lbs as the in the name tow rating. We choose to permit a 10% variable to account for truck loads beyond driver and also fliuids and allow for truck age and state the tune. If you would tow in the hill or Pacific west v your gas engine, allow a 20% factor to allow for grades and also altitudes. Hence for towing ~ above the flats the the east, get a trailer with a GVWR that no much more than 13,770 lbs
; because that the Rockies and also west make that maximum GVWR of 12240 lbs.To cut to the chase, that trailer grossly exceeds the safe tow volume of your truck.Salesmen opinions? well if the male sells girlfriend the trailer, he gets paid. If not, no pay. You figger it. ;D
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BruceinFLWell-known member
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Bubba,When towing a 5th wheel, you have actually three limitations....all of i m sorry are easily accessible in your truck owner"s manual and/or doorpost placard and can be computed together with the Gross auto Weight Rating (GVWR) the the 5er which deserve to be found on the trailer"s placard situated inside one of the cabinets or exterior somewhere in the direction of thee front.First is the Gross merged Weight Rating (GCWR) the the truck. This is the fully loaded (people, fuel, stuff, fifth wheel hitch) truck weight plus the GVWR ( or actual loaded weight) the the trailer. Because you haven"t purchase the trailer yet, use the placarded GVWR.Second, is the GVWR of the van itself. Go sweet your truck completely loaded and get the axle weights. Include the weight of any kind of extra passengers and the ingredient you will certainly be carrying.Finally, the gun Axle Ratings (GAWR) that the truck. Almost without exception, it"s the GAWR the the truck"s rear axle that is the limiting element of the 2 axles. When you weigh your truck, add 20% that the trailer"s placarded GVWR to your rear axle"s weighed/computed weight.If any one the these constraints are exceeded, it"s a no go.IMHO, without also computing any of the above, ns don"t think any type of gas it is provided 2500 is qualified of safely pulling a 39 ft 5th wheel.
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Thanks because that the feedback. I have actually checked the manual for my van and additionally the door sticker for the GVWR. In the manual it list 12,000 pounds, however this weight is also listed for all yet two or three of the van Chevy makes, and also none of them walk over 15,000. I am wonder if the 12,000 is a bumper pull weight limit?I agree about the salesman informing me what he thinks will sale the rig. Ns will have actually to find a regional scale and see if I can weigh the van without the trailer. Even the lightest camper Keystone makes in the toyhauler has a provided ship load of 9190 and also a carrying capacity that 3810. Also that"s end the 12,000 detailed in the Chevy manual. :- Somehow that seems very limiting on the types/makes of fifth wheels easily accessible for mine 3/4 ton HD and also even a 1 ton. Am i wrong in reasoning this?
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BruceinFLWell-known member
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What is the precise nomenclature the the 12000 lb figure you quote? Is the GCWR or max trailer weight. No matter, you proclaimed the trailer is 12420 curb weight. Before you also load up the 5er you are over the 12k weight. To answer her question, correct you space wrong. IMHO, a gas it is provided 2500 is not enough to haul a 12000 lb add to toy hauler. BTW, I suspect the 12k figure is trailer weight, not GCWR. Heck, her truck is probably around 7000 lbs loaded. The would just leave you roughly 5000 lbs of trailer to tow if it to be the GCWR.

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These are the number from the door and manual for my truck:GVWR - 4,173kg (9200lb)GAWR - 2,118kg (4670lb)GAWR-RR - 2,760kg (6084lb)Payload - 1505kg (3317lb)Cargo weight Rating- 821kg (1811lb)This was additionally something I found on edmunds.com:Powertrains and also PerformanceThe HD"s base engine is a 6.0-liter V8 rated in ~ 300 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet provides two even much more powerful options: an 8.1-liter V8 and also the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel. The 8.1-liter engine boasts an outstanding 330 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, if the updated-for-"06 6.6-liter diesel V8 makes 360 hp and 650 lb-ft the torque. The traditional transmission because that the 6.0-liter V8 is a five-speed hand-operated with a heavy-duty four-speed automatic optional. The 8.1-liter V8 and 6.6-liter diesel deserve to be hooked up to either a six-speed manual or a heavy-duty Allison six-speed automatic. Gift heavy-duty trucks, these brutes can definitely pull: Trucks properly equipped and fitted with the 6.0-liter V8 have the right to pull around 10,000 pounds; the 8.1L and also Duramax V8s bump that figure to 12,000 pounds. Including a 5th wheel because that trailering provides a HD the capacity to pull 16,000 pounds.