I don't see a specific forum for this so I'll ask here. I've been getting more and more invested into a new hobby (atv riding) and now need to graduate into a real rig to haul quads to and from these parks, some are a few miles from home and some are a few states away. My plan is to purchase an enclosed trailer to haul the machines and use the trailer to double as make shift sleeping quarters for extended stays.
I'm a bit unfamiliar with the ins and outs of just how much trailer I can legally/safely tow with my truck. I'd like to go with a 7' or 8' wide and 18' or 20' long enclosed with a rating of 7000lb. I'll be towing with a 1500 series GMC and the door sticker has a GVWR of 6400lb does this mean I can legally/safely pull a load of that weight (trailer and cargo)? There is another sticker that states I shouldn't load the truck (riders and cargo) with more than 1250lb, does this apply even with the loaded trailer hooked up also? I found another sticker on the trailer hitch (came with the truck new and is prewired for a brake controller) that says 5000lb and with a distribution hitch 12000lb. Without running the rig across a scale I would estimate not being over 5500lb with the trailer (trailer and cargo).
I know I will need to install a brake controller but for those experienced what else might I need to safely/legally travel with a rig like this?
Edited by js5020, October 13, 2016 - 09:52 AM.