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#16 toomanytoys84 ONLINE  

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Posted October 15, 2016 - 03:07 PM

You can never be too careful when towing.

Honestly to pull what you want I'd have a 3/4 ton truck min. Those big enclosed trailers are also wind magnets...

If I was you I'd buy a nice 6x12 flat trailer and use that. I pull two or 3 quads and gear in a 6x12 with my Tacoma (6400 max) with no issues
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Posted October 15, 2016 - 05:24 PM

Well, I don't follow some of the advice/opinions stated, why?  I went out to the GMC website, they have a simple towing thing where you pick your towing weight and they tell you which of their truck models fits.  I selected the 7700 option, which will be more than I would be towing and I did not have a 1500 pop up,,, instead to my their recommended vehicle was a Canyon.  The 12000 towing option brought up a 1500, my manual also states my truck has a 12000lb rating which is under what my total weight will be.

 

A 6x12 is to small for my needs and I have already used that size open trailer and put one in the truck bed to boot, no trailer brakes, no weight dist hitch, no air bags, not overloaded and no issues pulling or stopping it.  If I know manufacturers GMC has put armor plate between them and their liability when coming up with these values they aren't going to recommend going out on thin ice so to speak.



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Posted October 15, 2016 - 07:17 PM

I wouldn't tow a 7x20 foot enclosed trailer behind a canyon. Nope. No thank you.

Maybe I am just a wimp but I wouldn't do it.

My Tacoma is rated at 6400lbs. I had a 6x12 with drywall, lumber, insulation and a ton of materials. I figured up I had 5,000 on the trailer. I only pulled that 20 miles and I was glad it was over. I knew it was behind there.
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Posted October 15, 2016 - 10:56 PM

I was considering half tons when I was truck shopping, so glad I went wit a 3/4ton, have pulled harvesters, tandem trailers, balers with no problem, truck can go up to 10k but I have no plans to put more than 8k behind it, I don't use weight distribution hitches or sway bars on my truck, just caution and care when loading(I was taught by a old school class A truck driver-my father how to lad trailers, I am just a tad old school my self). This is what I do, may not work for you, IMO, 1/2ton trucks an big trailers are not a good idea.


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Posted October 15, 2016 - 11:14 PM

A 7000 LB capacity trailer behind a 1500 should be no problem in my opinion.  Before dad traded in his old Duramax for a new one and I bought his old one I had an 06 1/2 ton Sierra extended cab with a 5.3 engine.  I towed our 10000 LB capacity 7x20 skid steer trailer behind it quite a few times with at least 6500 on the trailer.  The trailer alone weighs 2200 so I was easily at 8700 LB and the truck handled it in stride with no issues what-so-ever.  And that was without a weight distributing hitch on it.  I won't tell you what's best for you only what I have been able to do in the past.  Best of luck.


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Posted October 16, 2016 - 05:41 AM

It seems like the towing rating on trucks is much higher then when we bought ours in 2001 . To get a 10000 lb pull behind rating we had to get the GMC 1500HD 6.0 engine , tow package , 4.10 rears , it has the 4L80 transmission , 8 lug wheels , LT265/75R16 load range E tires.
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Posted October 20, 2016 - 11:28 PM

The end result of all this,,, didn't buy the enclosed trailer.  Ended up with a 28' travel trailer and a flat bed instead.  I decided (along with all the encouragement here) not to do the enclosed, it is not necessary to be towing living quarters every time we head out to ride the quads.  Most of the time we only have 2 quads on the trailer and returning home the same day anyways.  The TT will be dropped near the riding area we frequent the most and left for the season, if necessary I can borrow a 250 Ford or 2500 Dodge to move it in and out if I find the 1500 GMC with a weight distribution hitch and sway control is not enough truck.  Any out of state trips will be few and rather than pulling a big box for 8 or 10 hrs we will just trailer the quads on the flat bed and tent it out of the truck bed or stay at on site facilities.

 

The TT, didn't think I would ever own another one but,,, I stumbled on a deal that I just couldn't pass up and could turn into an interesting toy hauler project if needed/wanted.


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