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    Duramax 3500

    Headed t Az. for the winter and when I hooked up to the loaded trailer I was surprised to find that the overload springs did not make full contact with the frame pads. The front of the spring is on the pad, but the rear is off by about 1/2". I am going to weigh at the first truck stop I hit on...
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    Think I'm legal

    The pickup is rated for 12,100, but it only weighs 8,400 loaded. The trailer is 16,000. New math, old math, the total weight across the scales is 24,400. A couple thousand under the limit. My license states COMBINED weight 26,001, not what the vehicle is rated for.
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    Think I'm legal

    My state does require a higher license over 26,001, but I am not there. 8,400 pickup + 16,000 trailer = 24,400
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    Think I'm legal

    Rear axle rate is 7,500 with the 20" tires. Actual weight on the rear axle according to the Port of Entry scale in Monticello, Ut. is 3,460 with me, tools, Hitch, dog and fuel. That leaves about 4,000 for hitch weight. How are you getting 15 tons??? That would be 30,000 lbs. I'm hoping you...
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    Think I'm legal

    I think I have gotten legal. Just took delivery of a 2022 3500 CC SRW Duramax to replace my 2002 2500. 3927 useful on the door. Pin weight on the 5th wheel at 16,000 is approximately 3,200. Rear axle is rated at 7,500 with the 20" tires. Weighed the rear at Monticello, Ut. Port of Entry at...
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    Chevy 2500 4X4 & Grand Design Reflection 367BHS

    I would upgrade to a 3500 since you are upgrading anyway as the 2500 is a little light in the pants, but here is the reality of the situation: This link is to a test done on the Ike Gauntlet between a 2020 2500 HD and a 3500 DRW Cummins. These were pulling 16,000 over one the the highest...
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    Ford 7.3L gas towing performance?

    Here is your answer. An F250 7.3 with 16,000# at 11,000ft. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ford+7.3+on+gauntlent&view=detail&mid=B97AA671A53D3266C348B97AA671A53D3266C348&FORM=VIRE
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    Tow vehicles

    Found this test of the 7.3 Ford F250. 16,000# on the Gauntlet. This pretty much confirms that in the 30 to 33' 5th wheel range you will be fine. For example, a Montana 35' 3120RL has a dry weight of just over 12,000 and a max weight of 16,000...
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    Tow vehicles

    I think your friend Rob is jerking your chain. Idaho is a tourist state with many vehicles from all over the country that don't have front license plates. You just don't get pulled over for no front plate. If LE pulled over cars for no front plate, that's all they would be doing. They would...
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    Tow vehicles

    I would be interested in the back story on your friend's rig being impounded. What lead up to it? Was he just driving down the road and the cop beside the road looked up and said, "wow! that looks wrong", or were there circumstances you are failing to mention? I was in Idaho in July and saw...
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    Tow vehicles

    I spent a week in Idaho the end of July during a 2,000 mile 6 state trip. Stayed in Island Park. Saw a lot of Law Enforcement on the road and passed at least 3 Idaho Ports of Entry as well as for the other states I was in. Never seemed to get a second glance. I was pulling a 37' Nitro toy...
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    Tow vehicles

    If you had been driving a 3500 of the same year and model your results would have been the same. Most all 2500 and 3500 share the same powertrain. Only difference between a 2500 and 3500 is different springs and tires and sometimes a gear ratio option. On a Duramax the ratio is the same. You...
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    Tow vehicles

    I read about insurance denials, enforcement scrutiny, and massive crashes caused by being overloaded. Can anyone on this forum post a link to any such incident that has actually happened? I am talking about the US here, I don't have any idea what happens in Canada
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    Backup camera for 5th wheel trailer

    I put a Furrion camera on my 5th wheel because that is what it was prewired for. As far as something right behind me goes, it doesn't make much difference, but it really is helpful when passing and being able to judge the room you have to cut back into the right lane.
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    Tow vehicles

    I have to agree that you will be okay. 80% of all 5th Wheels that I see are being pulled by SRW pickups, and I would estimate that over half of that is with 3/4 tons. If overloading was a huge issue, there would be a lot more scrutiny from govt. and law enforcement. If people were being...
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