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    Question Trailer Hauling, how much weight is too much?

    Hello everyone,
    I've been trying to figure out what the Maximum safe weight of a trailer to pull with my 1/2 ton suburban with the 5.3 and 4x4 is.
    Now I know what the owners manual says, I just want to know what all of you out there have pulled without a problem.
    I've been pulling a 31' travel trailer rated at loaded weight of 7700lbs.
    I'm wondering if I should buy a new travel trailer rated at 7600lbs dry weight. I wouldn't load up too much but hauling 3 adults 4 kids and two little dogs in the truck at the same time worries me, or shouldn't it worry me.
    Either way I'd love some come back on what you all have been able to haul!

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    I think you're at the limit with your current trailer. Don't forget that all the stuff in the truck other than the driver cuts into towing capacity.
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    Well, I bit the bullet, we decided to buy the Keystone Springdale 303 BH-SSR, I just couldn't pass up the price. I did a whole lot more research on my own truck after making it official. I took all the RPO tags and looked them up one by one and saw every detail of my trucks construction.Here's what I found;

    5.3 liter V8 Iron Block
    3.73 Rear end Positraction Limited Slip
    Heavy Duty Transmission Cooler
    Heavy Duty Trailer Provision
    High Capacity Air Cleaner ( Already been switched out for a Spectre Cold Air Intake )
    Weight Distributing Platform Hitch
    4 speed aut HMD 4L60 E, electronic
    GVWR 7,200 LBS
    Hydraulic Disc brakes 7200 LBS

    Plus the fact I have torsion bars and an anti- sway kit for the trailer and of course the Prodigy Brake controller from Tekonsha.
    I pulled it yesterday before buying it, the truck doesn't have a problem, I think I'll be leaving it in 3 to pull that monster.

    What confuses me is that the truck is rated to weigh loaded 7200 LBS and if you add the 7200 LBS they rate for towing, you come to 14400 lbs GCWR. I passed through a weigh station and my GCWR was exactly that 14410 lbs.

    I've always been a hardcore GM guy, I guess that this will be the true test for me and my Sub.

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    Hauling 15K + with a 3.73 gear half ton.

    Good luck.

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    I would say you are at, if not a little over your max limits. Let us know how things work out for you. In my half tons I have tried to stay with trailers in the 6500 range loaded. Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandhopper View Post
    I would say you are at, if not a little over your max limits. Let us know how things work out for you. In my half tons I have tried to stay with trailers in the 6500 range loaded. Good Luck.
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