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New RV #7810250
03/01/23 02:11 PM
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I just bought a new RV but now worry I might not have enough truck, the RV is a 30' 2 axle , they say is 1/2 ton towable,I have a3/4 ton Chevy Duramax standard . Any experts here?I will get a equalizer hitch for it.

Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810257
03/01/23 02:15 PM
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That's not a problem at all for that truck

And yes the weight distribution hitch is a must


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Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810259
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Originally Posted by Bosco
I just bought a new RV but now worry I might not have enough truck, the RV is a 30' 2 axle , they say is 1/2 ton towable,I have a3/4 ton Chevy Duramax standard . Any experts here?I will get a equalizer hitch for it.


What's it weigh?

I'm not an expert by any means but I suspect you'll be fine. Of course towing flat land is much different than the mountains. What year is the Duramax and what is the tow Capacity?

Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810263
03/01/23 02:19 PM
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How long is your truck ? Crew cab ?

If it's a regular cab I'd add the sway control system to the weight distribution Hitch


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Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810265
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Youíve got a Chevy. Might as well stay home.

Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810295
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The camper dry weight is around 7000lbs. My owners manual says I can tow 12,000lbs. Its an older "05" truck, single cab longbed,single wheel axle. I'm in Montana so we got hills/mountains! It is a standard transmission and I think its low geared.

Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810340
03/01/23 03:44 PM
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I would worry more about trailer whip headed down a big grade than being able to pull it up one. Keeping up with the trailer brakes and getting your brake control dialed in can help.


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Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810357
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Plenty of truck for that camper.


Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810359
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You shouldnít have any problems. I pull a 30ft 5th wheel with a 17ft Lund boat behind it with a GMC 3/4 ton 6.0 gas.

Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810378
03/01/23 04:39 PM
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Big difference between dry weight and fully loaded. Tell the missus she doesn't need that extra suitcase. If you pull that off let me know because mine still won't listen, lol.

But if it were me I'd look at getting the trailer brakes dialed in and consider keeping your transmission and engine oil cool. Might look at aftermarket coolers. And stay on top of your truck brakes pulling is easy stopping can be hairy if the brakes aren't right

But you are well within safe limits.


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Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810381
03/01/23 04:43 PM
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Should bought a 3/4 ram.

Re: New RV [Re: Guss] #7810410
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Originally Posted by Guss
Should bought a 3/4 ram.

He said he wanted to go camping, not to the repair shop...:)

Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810411
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My son has a similar RV. He tows it all over the US with his family of four. He uses a 2018 Ford Expedition with a towing package and is powered by the V-6 3.5 EcoBoost Engine. Absolutely no problems. Surprised me.

Re: New RV [Re: midlander] #7810418
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Originally Posted by midlander
Originally Posted by Guss
Should bought a 3/4 ram.

He said he wanted to go camping, not to the repair shop...:)



Lol


Yep that Duramax was made for towing and has almost always outperformed the competition in similar year trucks


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Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810429
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No the Cummings was made for pulling.

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I think you'll be just fine, keep the trailer brakes working and take your time. If you do decide to sell the Dmax let me know, that sounds like a great rig!

Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810439
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I chuckle at the manufacturers statement that a half ton will pull that camper. I wouldn't do it. I just spent $4500 rebuilding the transmission in my halfer and my camper is a 20' that weighs 3800#. It was tough for 175k miles but not tough enough.


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Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810444
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It will do good, sure wouldn't want a half ton.
Half tons might pull them, but I wonder about stopping them.


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Re: New RV [Re: Gary Benson] #7810487
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Towed campers that size with a half ton easily for many years. 30 foot is getting big for a half ton in wind but you got to load it up and go to the scales that see how much it will weigh towing it. Most half tons can handle 8 to 12,000 pounds these days. I got a believe a three-quarter ton truck should be able to handle that camper easily.

The problem with half tons is payload. Most half tons have less than 2000 pound payload and some of them especially the fancy ones, The payload is approaching 1000 pounds. Your tongue weight will figure into your payload. Most three-quarter ton trucks have substantially more payload than half tons.

Like others have said, get a really good hitch and set it up correctly, make sure your trailer brakes are working well and you dial them in from the cab, and last check your payload inside the drivers door and make sure you donít go over that with passengers, gas, gear and tongue weight.


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Re: New RV [Re: Bosco] #7810506
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should be fine.

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