My wife and I are interested in buying a TT this year. I have been researching how much I can tow and I don't know if I have a good handle on it or not. Can someone please verify my math and thinking? I would greatly appreciate it. Here are the specs that I have gathered:

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 SLT Crew Cab SB, 5.3L V8 w/Max Tow Package

GVW = 5,440lbs

GVWR = 7,200lbs

GAWR FRT = 3,950lbs

GAWR RR = 3,950lbs

Maximum Trailer/Towing Capacity = 10,800lbs

GCWR = 16,700lbs

Maximum Tongue Weight w/ Weight Distribution Hitch = 1,200lbs

The calculated weight of 5 passengers, car seats, cargo and Weight Distribution Hitch = 920lbs

According to the GMC manual, the Tongue Weight + GVW + Cargo should be less than GVWR

So if we solve that equation: GVWR (7,200lbs) - Cargo (920lbs) - GVW (5,440lbs) = Max Tongue Weight (840lbs)

Also, Max Trailer Weight = GCWR - (GVW + Cargo) or 16,700lbs - (5,440lbs + 920lbs) = 10,340lbs Max Trailer Weight

To make sure I am able to pull the trailer without a struggle, I should give myself about a 20% buffer in those numbers. So if my math and research is correct, I should be able to pull a Max Trailer Weight of 8,272lbs with with up to 840lbs of Tongue Weight. Does this sound about right or is there something that I am missing?

We will be parking this trailer at a lake that we boat at and will pull it up to twice a year for vacation. All the forums I have been on so far I have seen that 8,000lbs is way to much to be pulling and that I should be no more than 6,500lbs.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Chad