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way2roll

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Lantley wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

You are probably pushing the limits on the overall payload also.

Why are you getting a new truck but purposely getting one not suited to the expected use?

My thought as well. Get Bigger truck, bigger engine. Get a truck that will do the job vs. a truck that will be barely adequate.


This is why we went with an F350 vs the 250. The payload was just too close on the 250. I'd rather have room to spare, not only for safety but if you decide to buy a bigger FW later then you have to buy both all over again.


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GM just shows a 6390 rawr with 17" wheels or 6600 rawr with 18" for their 2500 trucks.
I would say his 7078 rawr number is a typo.
If its the 6390 rawr 17" wheels your gonna' have a maxed out rear suspension with a 14000 gvwr trailer once its loaded and road ready.

The question was "would you do it" ?
The 6.6 will be marginal for that much weight ....so no, for my use I wouldn't do it.
From what Ive read the 6.6 gas pulling those kinds of loads isn't getting anywhere near the mpg as the 6.6 Dmax pulling the same load and especially mpg's running empty.
Just my 2c.


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Posted: 03/17/21 07:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JIMNLIN wrote:

GM just shows a 6390 rawr with 17" wheels or 6600 rawr with 18" for their 2500 trucks.
I would say his 7078 rawr number is a typo.
If its the 6390 rawr 17" wheels your gonna' have a maxed out rear suspension with a 14000 gvwr trailer once its loaded and road ready.

The question was "would you do it" ?
The 6.6 will be marginal for that much weight ....so no, for my use I wouldn't do it.
From what Ive read the 6.6 gas pulling those kinds of loads isn't getting anywhere near the mpg as the 6.6 Dmax pulling the same load and especially mpg's running empty.
Just my 2c.

7078 rawr number is a typo, that is curb weight and has been corrected. The 14000 is no where near what the actual weight of the trailer. The dry weight is 10495, our loaded weight is 12387

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We bought the truck before buying the trailer and didn't want to be constrained when we bought the trailer so we bought the biggest truck that we could afford. As the guy driving, I also don't want to feel butt clinched when I'm supposed to be on vacation having a fun/relaxing time. IMO, overkill in the tow vehicle is well worth all the upcharge of a diesel. When I start trying to make financial sense out of my toy purchases it is time to quit.


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To answer your question directly, no I would not do it and I didn't do it when I purchased the fiver in my sig. I had a F-250 diesel and due to weight I upgraded.


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Camperforlife has correctly said the gas vs. diesel money issues have changed with the significant diesel up charges and the diesel per gallon costs.


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Super_Dave wrote:

When I start trying to make financial sense out of my toy purchases it is time to quit.


If you don't make financial sense with major purchases you may find yourself watching the repo guy tow your toy away. I make sense with every major purchase and pay cash. That doesn't mean you can't have toys.

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camperforlife wrote:

our loaded weight is 12387


If you know the loaded weight...did you get the various axle and pin weights when you weighed it?

No need to put up red herring numbers about empty weights if you have travel ready reality.

Now, is 12387:
- What the scale showed for the axles or after you calculated the total weight including pin?
- Was that including propane and full water tanks?
- What are the axle weights for the truck loaded to go?

I would expect the pin weight to be on the order of 2,500-3,100...add in hitch and two people and you are basically at your payload without anything else in the truck.


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I know the loaded and unloaded weight of the present trailer, took the difference which gives the content weight, added the difference in water capacity, propane is the same, added 300lbs more just for the sake of argument. The trailer has the actual weight leaving the factory. So no its not exact but everything going in has already been weighed in our current 35ft bumper pull.

* This post was edited 03/17/21 01:00pm by an administrator/moderator *

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camperforlife wrote:

Super_Dave wrote:

When I start trying to make financial sense out of my toy purchases it is time to quit.


If you don't make financial sense with major purchases you may find yourself watching the repo guy tow your toy away. I make sense with every major purchase and pay cash. That doesn't mean you can't have toys.

WE are not talking about buying something you can't afford.
This is not a repo man issue. We are talking about the right tool for the job. Several have commented that the combo is not a good match.
That's all the advise any of us can give. It's up to you to listen to the advise.
For the most part you can always use a smaller hammer, however using the smaller hammer takes twice the effort when the job requires a big hammer.
When driving requires too much effort the trip is less than enjoyable/relaxed. This advise is coming from someone that has experienced the pitfalls of towing with a marginally adequate truck. It's no fun! It's not enjoyable.....but you will get there...eventually


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