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Read my post of April 1st....It's best to figure weights at the max...at 16k, a 3/4 ton will be way over the cargo capacity of the truck.  

Do the numbers and look at the sticker noted above.

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We found a good reason to have a 5er over a motorhome in 2014.  WE had to have the engine in the truck replace and were off the road 3 weeks.  The trailer was towed to an RV park and the truck to the shop.  Had a rental car, but we had a place to live that was not a motel.

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Pros & conns!  There are days I would like mine to be a 5'er Toy Trailer,  then there are days my best friend, who has one, want's mine!  Told him, we need  to name one "Never Satisfied", the other "X2"! LOL

Had a Cigarette Boat with that name!  A 47' Scatter called "Wave runner"!  Both raced domestic and international competition....wish I had that $$$ back. :rolleyes::)

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Any after market suspensions cannot increase the cargo capacity of the truck.  Only the manufacturer can do that.

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I have never owned a 5th wheel but have towed heavy trailers with all kinds of pickups and vans. I had a Ford Powerstroke 3/4 ton dually, nice truck. I was towing a 24 foot trailer with approxamately 6,000 pounds of rock in pallets, wire wrapped. It was all tied tight untill I hit the brakes pretty hard and the load shifted enough that it stood the pickup on its tail, litterally! 

I learned something from that incident and replaced it with a Ford Factory built 1 ton dually long bed and Powerstroke. I was moving rock from a private quarry in the mountains of Colorado to a home I was building. I stopped at the weigh station to see what I had put in the bed just for grins as the truck did not look all that loaded. Well surprise surprise, ther was 6,800 pounds in the bed. The truck weighed in over 13,000 pounds. It did not act like it either. 

Point being a 3/4 may pull it but if you have to do something evasive or out of the ordinary, that second set of rubber, and the heavier springs on the back of a 1 ton or greater will save your butt and keep the load behind you. The 3/4 ton is not adequate and the 1 ton marginally. Now the 450s have much better and larger brakes may be smarter yet. It is not all about pulling it...stopping is the bigger issue.

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When considering a TT or TV purchase you need to do some math and NOT depend on the salesperson to have your best interest at heart.

Watch THIS video and be an informed owner.

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On ‎5‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 8:26 PM, rsbilledwards said:

is not all about pulling it...stopping is the bigger issue.

Amen Bill! Way back in the late sixties, I bought a city bus to transform into a diner, I had to move that beast 80 miles, and over a mountain, the truck was a 3/4 dodge with a six cylinder motor auto transmission. Going up the mountain the motor got so slow I could literally count the rpm's, going down the mountain, there was no stopping it, thank God, he was looking after me, because I was praying all the way down that mountain that if I survived, there would never be another stupid move like that again.

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Think Kay figured that out, on the way down..:lol: I want to know, did you build the diner and how did that work out. 😎

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