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brisolts

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Hello!
Looking to upgrade from pop up to bigger camper and have to upgrade my vehicle too! Starting to look at all the towing capacity etc.. looking for general answers in the forum :)
 

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brisolts said:
Hello!
Looking to upgrade from pop up to bigger camper and have to upgrade my vehicle too! Starting to look at all the towing capacity etc.. looking for general answers in the forum :)
Welcome!
Look at towing capacity but do not forget payload. For example (with made up numbers)  a manufacturer may state you can tow a 12000 pound gross weight trailer but only give you a 1750 pound PAYLOAD capacity. So that the trailer would put between 10-12% of its weight on the tow vehicle which translates to a minimum of 1200 pounds (10% of 12000 = 1200) that leaves only 500 pounds for other stuff in the truck. What stuff. Well there is you, your mate, any kids, pets, coolers and even the weight of the hitch and tools. Odds are you will be over  your payload on  the truck with the above example.

Next comes Gross Combined Vehicle weight rating (GCWR) which is the weight of the tow vehicle with you, your mate, any kids, pets, coolers and even the weight of the hitch and tools plus the GROSS WEIGHT of the trailer (unless you intend to go camping with an empty trailer).
Remember if you go for a fifth wheel unit that puts even more of it weight on the tow vehicle, 20% minimum.

When looking at tow vehicles look for the sticker near the drivers door  DO NOT TAKE A SALESMAN'S WORD
 
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