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Posted: 4/2/2006 5:47:50 PM EDT
I am wanting to purchase a travel trailer, for family vacations. That would sleep 4. (Me, Wife, & 2 Kids) I own a 2002 Chevy Z71 1/2 ton. What size trailer could I pull safetly with this truck? The truck is stock. I am planning on putting air bags under the rear.
What would be better 5th wheel or bumper pull?
Just thought I would ask the Board, cause the trailer dealers will sell you anything.
Any input would be welcome.

Link Posted: 4/2/2006 5:55:19 PM EDT
Read your owner's manual. It will tell you everything you need to know. Maximum tongue weight, pulling weight, etc. for your engine/tranny/rear end combo.
Link Posted: 4/2/2006 5:58:23 PM EDT
Look in the book that came with the truck, or on the manufacturer's website. Find the towing capacity.

If it is (say) 7,000lbs remember a couple of things:

* The weight of trailers is specified empty -- you will add bedding, plates, forks, knifes, food, water, books, TV, ... all sorts of stuff. So make allowance for that.

* Don't try to go right up to the limit. Remember that vehicle manufacturers are like trailer manufacturers, and the weight limit is TOTAL weight, which includes all the crap you have in the truck -- like passengers etc.

* Running under the (real) limit will make a difference when on steep hills, in windy conditions etc.

So, if your truck capacity is (say) 7,000lbs, you should probably be looking at trailers in the 5,500 to 6,000lbs range.
Link Posted: 4/2/2006 6:01:40 PM EDT
its all in the owners manual...
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