Towing a Travel Trailer RV with a 1/2 ton Pickup! Watch this!

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so what's going on folks so this video is to explain why a coach like this which is a vibe extreme light isn't going to be the right type of RV for a half-ton truck and I'm not talking about specifically this coach I'm talking about any coach that's in the weight and length class of this unit so if we're looking at the numbers of this specific coach you can see that it has an eight thousand four hundred and thirty-two pound gross vehicle weight rating and then it has a maximum of twenty 437 pounds cargo capacity this unit is going to be roughly thirty feet long now something to note about when you read the stickers in regards to the length of an RV this really isn't the length this is more of a model number even though it's kind of supposed to signify a length so you would probably see this and go well it's twenty eight point seven feet long because it's 287 in reality the interior space is going to be about twenty eight point seven feet long the overall length of this trailer is going to be this usually plus about four to five feet so when everything's said and done you're approaching about thirty two feet overall and let me explain why so the length on the model number generally indicates just the cabin it's not indicating the front a frame of your trailer or everything that hangs off the back of the trailer and this usually adds about probably two feet so you have in reality four feet on the front two feet on the back you have six additional feet in addition to the actual body length of this coach so those are all important things to keep in mind whenever you're towing a trailer remember there are tons of different types of trailers you can have a utility trailer you can have a flatbed you could have a box trailer cargo trailer fifth wheel travel trailer there's all sorts of types of trailers available understanding how they tow and that they all towed differently is vitally important if you want to safely tow with your vehicle so with the coach this long roughly 8,500 pounds of weight why couldn't you tow this with half-ton truck that's rated at say 9,000 pounds right it's still under the maximum tow capacity of the truck well let's talk about that so when you look at a trailer like this apex Nano which is a much much shorter trailer and you compare it to this vibe this vibe is roughly a foot taller than this apex Nano which means you have that much more wind surface area that's going to be hitting your trailer from the side when trucks pass you versus one that's not quite as tall and is slightly shorter why this is important is because one foot one additional foot of height is a significant amount when it comes to the amount of wind that's going to be pressing up against it from the side which could in turn cause slave or other catastrophic issues if you're driving in high winds now if either of these were flat trailers let's say they were simply utility trailers and let's say you went to the store and you loaded one up with 6,000 pounds worth of bricks well the profile of that type of load is going to be completely different than a hollow box that you're pulling down the road that's essentially a large wall if you have a flat utility trailer that's approaching your truck's maximum tow capacity with a lot of weight on it well that flat utility trailer isn't going to be acting like a wall first of all and secondly all that centralized weight is going to be pushing down on it so it's also going to help prevent that side-to-side rocking motion and it's not going to be impacted by wind nearly as much as a coach or an RV like this now I know all sorts of people watch my channel and make claims that they have certain types of half-ton trucks and they Tove Airy long travel trailers without any issue and that's completely fine if you're doing that or you're capable or feel comfortable of doing that but for people who watch my channel who want to get into our ving I don't want to put them in a situation where they feel just because the truck manufacturer said my truck can tow 10,000 pounds that they can go out and get a 10,000 pound travel trailer it just doesn't make sense and you're going to have a very very white-knuckle and dangerous experience when you're towing it when it comes to using a half-ton truck like the Chevy Silverado trail boss with roughly a 9,000 pound maximum tow capacity you're gonna want to be very careful in terms of what you actually put behind this truck from an RV perspective about as large as I would want to go is something like this apex Nano coming in at 6,000 pounds and as before when I talked about the length is 20 feet eight inches long from an interior perspective you're gonna be looking close for about 25 feet total length from an exterior perspective so that's about the maximum length and weight I would want to go 25 feet maximum length and 6,000 pounds maximum weight you could tow virtually any arpad just fine even the longest are pods half-ton truck shouldn't have any problem towing in our pod even if you look at a real light like this you're still looking 4500 pounds maximum gross weight rating so this is even fine so this apex Nano comes in at about 4,700 pounds definitely something you can tow with a half ton truck no problem I would consider this vibe extreme light to heavy this Puma is definitely too heavy let's look at the weight on this one this one's seven thousand six hundred and eighty seven pounds this thing is definitely a little bit longer and a little heavier than I would recommend pulling behind a half-ton truck this is 3/4 ton truck area in my opinion let's take a look at this surveyor so this surveyor has a gross vehicle weight rating a seven thousand seven hundred and seventy eight pounds this is absolutely 3/4 ton space in my opinion I would not put this behind a half-ton truck again I know people do it and I'm not criticizing those of you who do if you feel comfortable towing something this heavy this long and this tall behind your half-ton truck that's entirely up to you consider yourself a veteran or an expert in that area I guess but in my opinion I just wouldn't tell anything like this behind a half-ton truck it leaves way too much room for situations that are going to be difficult to get out of and if you look at the sticker here 266 that simply means 20 6.6 feet from a body perspective attack another four to five feet on to that you're looking at about 30 and a half 31 feet long now this Puma I would absolutely not tow with anything other than a 3/4 ton 1 ton or even a dually mainly because if you look at the weight of this coach you're looking right at 10,500 pound gross vehicle weight rating this thing is a very heavy coach it has three slides the numbers designate that the interior space of this coach is about 32 feet long so the exterior of this coach including the a-frame is going to be about 36 to 37 feet long definitely something that you want as much stability as much natural suede control as possible when towing I would absolutely recommend a 1-ton or a dually if you're gonna tow something like this just the hitch weight alone is going to be over a thousand pounds anyways guys figured I would do a quick video on this topic because a lot of people ask me all the time that they think they're half-ton truck is capable of towing a certain type or certain model of travel trailer and I just want people to be warned that travel trailers aren't flat utility trailers they're not boats they're not cargo trailers they're completely different in terms of how they're balanced how they're weighted where things are placed inside of them they're essentially Hollow boxes with walls that you're driving down the road and they are very susceptible to wind sway and all sorts of natural elements so I want you to keep that in mind anytime you're looking at trying to determine what type of travel trailer you should toe with your truck now I've said this before and I'll say it again in my opinion half-ton truck with max tow packages I would keep your travel trailer under 6000 pounds I would not go heavier than that and I would keep the overall length when everything is said and done to under 28 feet I think if you stick with those numbers you'll feel much more confident towing your trailer behind your half-ton truck anyways guys I hope you enjoyed the video if you did please take a moment subscribe to my channel give me a thumbs up and I'll talk to you again very soon

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32 Comments

GlutenFreeBear · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

With consideration for cargo and emptying my water tanks before major towing, my Surveyor 220RBS is 4300lb dry, I think with 1000 in gear I should still be fine for my 1/2 ton (00 Silverado 4×4)

Will Pearce · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Ok, so what sort of vehicle should I put in front of these RVs

Robert Flores · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Well said, well done! Thank you for your expert advice!

Josh · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

IS the off-center watch bothering anyone else?

Martin Andrade · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

What is the max travel trailer weight you recommend for a 2019 Nissan Titan XD Cummins Diesel?

Gabe Torres · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

What truck would be recommended for a 7k travel trailer that’s about 27’? I was thinking a Toyota Tundra 5.7. Thoughts?

R C · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

I have a 2003 3/4ton Suburban 4X4 with the 8.1 and 3.73 gears, our TT is a 2019 Keystone Passport 2810BH, dry weight of #5311. The tow rating on the Suburban is 10,100, total GCWR of 17,000. I can't seem to find many conversations regarding towing with a Suburban. I have a weight distribution hitch with sway control and it seems to be fine. Is there anything about the set up I should be concerned with? I know, upgrade to a 1 ton diesel dually, not in the cards right now. Any advice would be appreciated.

Fireman Izzandrew · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

IF the dodge Dakota I saw towing a fifth wheel safely than any truck can town a spaceship

T Jones · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Bull S— i pull a Wolf pack toy hauler with a 2018 F150 with no problems at all ….he must be selling trucks

Richard Bowles · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

I bought a trailer that was much to heavy to pull with my 2006 Nissan Titan half ton. It pushed that truck all over the road. I gave that pickup to my son and bought a Titan diesel, a much heavier truck. It doesn't give a rip about the 7,000 lb. trailer being pulled behind it.

Walt Nelson · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

It is disturbing to see the number of camper trailers poorly rigged to pickups. Tongue to high, too low, bouncing or wandering, etc. It seems like you have to select a camper by weight and style, then go buy the correct pickup, then come back and buy the camper selected. Option H: stay at hotel?

Shannon Nicholson · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

I have a 2012 Ford F-150 with the max tow package. It’s tow rating is 11,200 lbs. Anyone see a problem towing a TT rated around 6,500 lbs. (dry) or 8,000 lbs (loaded)? The length is under 30 feet.

Retire Soon · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

I want to keep it less than 30ft total and under 7000 empty for my 2017 1/2 ton chevy. This keeps it 2200 pounds under my max tow rating. You are quoting gross ratings on these RV's I would consider 7500 gross well within the capabilities of my truck. Gross is not empty weight and most people will never get to gross on their trailers.

Aiden McCullar · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

We tow a single axel Shasta oasis with a 2014 F-150, about the same as a rpod

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Doodlyscott · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Refreshing to hear somebody who knows what they're talking about.

Gbobzin · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

I tow a Lance 1995 with my 2015 Silverado 1/2 ton 5.3L with full tow package. The trailer weighs 4400 lbs w/full propane and I probably load it with about 500 lbs in clothes, food and accessories. I have to pull through a lot of mountainous terrain here in SoCal. The truck handles it well, but I couldn't imagine towing anything bigger than my Lance.

Meeker Extreme · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

I like these videos because it reinforces to me why I love Hotel's much more…LOL $200 a night is cheap when you compare what these cost, maintenance and storage fees not to mention the cost of a truck that can pull them and really you are only using the truck for trailer duty.

James M · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

So when it comes to towing with a half ton truck and its maximum towing weight to travel trailers stay 20% less what you vehicle is capable of?

MK Hip Hop. · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Yukon denali xl with the 6.2 has hauled a trailer almost identical…. no issues, it's considered a 1/2 ton

Mathews Hoyt · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Then F250 it is.. Thanks for the video

double seveneight · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Agreed. I live full time rv in a rv Resort. I see 1/2 tons rolling in with big 30 + foot trailers all the time

John Kirby · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Great info… Life saving info. Thanks 🏴‍☠️

de bildr · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

From a truck driver perspective, if wind is a deal breaker for you, pull over and wait it out, I've seen many empty trailers flip in the wind, speed is another factor, if unsure take it slow no more than 60mph if it gets sketchy slow down, that being said imma pull at what my 1/2 truck is rated at no more

Tony C · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

I have a Chevy Tahoe v8 trying to figure out my best size & tow capacity. Any recommendations?

honest D · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Hi and thanks I have a 2005 dodge 1500 5.7 hemi with tow cap at 8,400 lbs I am looking at a rockwood that is 5,500 dry . can you please tell me if this is too much to be safe / and if not what would you recommend? I am planning on going cross country in our travels.

Yo San · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

And this is why I have an excursion!

mr420socko · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Yamo bout to be hauling a 36ft TT with a 1/2 ton. Get some.

cody sirmans · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Im buying a forest river salom 26dble sat an own a 4 door 1500 Chevy .. is my trailer to big

Michael Martin · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Truck and hitch set up is very important regardless of 1/2 T or 3/4 T. I have helper springs on back axel, extra heavy duty shocks, and a 10k load leveler and sway system. This is very important for me.

Michael Martin · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

I have a Zinger 28 = 32" and 7200 gvw all the way to Orlando and back to Harrisburg PA, Tennessee and back, OC MD and back. My F150 1997 5 speed manual did it all with no promlams. That said it is the max I would pull with this truck, I am no beginner by any means, Yes a 3/4 Ton would do a better job.

machfive916 · July 31, 2019 at 10:07 am

Great video.

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