How Heavy Do You Pull With Your 2500? - Chevy and GMC Duramax Diesel Forum
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post #1 of 74 (permalink) Old 08-08-2015, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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How Heavy Do You Pull With Your 2500?

So Im in the market for a 5th wheel toy hauler and the smallest I could find is the Raptor 300MP which has a dry weight of 13400 and a pin weight of 2600. My 2008 is rated at 13600 and a pin weight of 2800. Im not going to haul any toys. I got air bags already and Im looking to install a tuner with an exhaust break.

So how heavy have you towed to where you can say you felt safe and comfortable.
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post #2 of 74 (permalink) Old 08-08-2015, 03:25 PM
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There is a picture thread in the towing section with some 3/4 tons pulling a few big trailers. Not sure the specs. Ive got a 6000lb TT, so no help here.

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post #3 of 74 (permalink) Old 08-08-2015, 03:51 PM
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Towing power is never an issue. Pin weight is concern with 2500.

2006 Freightliner Century 120 with Detroit Diesel. Sold my 2012 Chevy 3500 dually work truck with CM ER hauler bed and EZ Floater air hitch. Towing 2003 Teton Grand Freedom 5ther weighing 20,890 lbs. Traveling the USA welding pipe, repairing plants, building new ones & really enjoying God's beautiful country.
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Well very FEW ever tow at rated dry weight. Your 2500 is only rated for 200lbs over dry weight? I say you are asking for trouble with that much weight. It's not the power, but brakes, suspension, stability, oh yes that legality issue.

Now my next question is, If you are never going to haul toys, why buy a toy hauler? If you insist on hauling that much trailer, sell the 2500 and get a 3500, problem solved.
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For the record, when I bought my 2500, I decided to stick well under the tow rating. My trailer is rated 12,700 GVWR and it's usually towed under 12K, usually closer to 11. Just came home from Wishon Village campground, north of Shaver Lake at 7,000ft elevation. The climb up on the way to it, and subsequent decent on the way home involves a 10 mile grade as steep as 11% at times, and the truck handled it with aplomb. I was holding 47 MPH on the way up at 1200 deg EGT's at 2200-2300 RPM.


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My gross was 17000 pulling a loaded 32 ft 5th wheel.

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I see no problem with a 2500 as long as you are within limits of your axle and tires. Also pin weight on campers is always more than advertised. There is also a huge storage forward the axles on a 5ther.

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Heaviest I pull I'd say is around 15-16k, double anhydrous tanks. Only pull the tanks a couple times tho. And I don't normally go over 25 to 30 mph. Then I'll pull a mini sometimes and I think total it and the trailer is around 10k to 12k. Maybe a bit more. These are never long distances tho and the truck never has a problem.

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15k off the bumper with over 2k on the hitch (pintle) and 14k actual weight fifth wheel with about 2500 pin

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My trailer is 15k fully loaded but i sit around 13,500 to 14k most trips. Tows it like a champ.

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