Re: I could use some expert opinion on trailering.
I have spent some time organizing all the information required to get me on the right road. There's some info that's not really req'd but I included it anyway. I am also a bit clearer now on what I need to do.
Here's what I have:
2003 C1500 1/2 ton Silverado, 2wd, 5.3 liter V8, 3.73 gears and factory tow package.
GVWR 6,400-Weight of truck w/1 passenger,cap&1/2 tank of gas 5,060 lbs
GCWR 13,000 lbs GAWR frt 3150 lbs RR 3686 lbs
Trailer-Dual axle, rated at 3,500 lbs per axle, brakes on rear axle only
Trailer wt 1,720 empty, Max combined weight of trailer plus load can be
7,000 lbs. Coupler is rated at 8,000 lbs
Combined weight of trailer empty and pick-up as described 6,780 lbs.
leaving 6,220 lbs for extra passenger and cargo if I max it out
Hitch is V-5 Talon, with a 2" reciever. The capacities as shown on the hitches label are as follows:
Hitch Type:Weight carrying 5,000 lbs max trailer weight/600 lbs max tongue weight
Hitch Type: Weight Distributing 12,000 lbs max trailer weight/1,500 lbs max tongue weight
Ball mount and ball I have now has Max trailer 6,000 max tongue 600
This means we agree the ball hitch and ball are too light to handle the 7,000 lb trailer so that needs to be changed and that the hitch, if used with weight distribution, will have more than enough capacity.
The man who built my trailer says he can put together the brake controller with the correct plug in harness for my truck for about $110. This would be a digitally formatted unit that I would just plug into an existing jack under the dash. Does this all sound right?
Last edited by hairyapple; 03-02-2011 at 05:12 PM.
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