I will be under the 65' max. To be honest with you I am not real thrilled with being maxed out when towing. I worry more about the truck controlling the load than whether it has the power. But I also don't really want a 3/4 ton pickup all the time. The trips will not be real long luckily.
If I am not comfortable towing it than I will either trade to a bigger truck or maybe get a used 3/4 tom for that purpose.
Thanks for the replies all advise is helpful.
unlike the rest of the world most people don't care about what it takes to stop a load. it's all about how a truck it gets it moving. national ins safety board looks at it like this- just what can the vehicle stop safely and hold it to a safe stooping distance! and when i see people like you who have the same ideas it makes me feel good!
Dont be afraid to turn your trailer brakes way up and slow down with your gears as much as possible. Also use "stab" braking instead of pumping or riding brakes. All this will preserve your brakes and keep them cool in case of an energency. (i.e. broken down chevys littering the highway...)
OK older thread with some updates. Truck still handles the camper and boat very well. Changed to some 10 ply tires and helps also. Went out to the Black Hills last week with just the camper. 7-8 mpg. On way back tranny started puking fluid and smoking. Took off belly pan and read in manual that you cannot check fluid level. Checked that it had warranty which is 5/60 and I have 42,000 miles so took off. It kept leaking all the way home but made it. Another thread says that build date from 4/?/11 to 6/?/11 these trucks had a leaking tranny issue and mine is 5/5/2011 so it is in the shop now. Will know in a soon on what needs to be done.
Question in my mind is that is this just from overloading the truck, My camper is under the advertised towing, or is it just a tranny leak. I dont want to get over the 60,000 miles and have to pay for this repair out of my pocket. Thinking about getting a diesel again now or 3/4 ton gas, not what I want.
I do not think that you are overloaded, I think you just got a bad tranny. You can check the fluid in these. Take off the belly pan and there is a hex nut on the passenger side of the tranny. I think that it takes a 3/4 box end wrench if I rember right (do not overtighten when putting it back, it is plastic). The dipstick is attached to this nut.
Take off the belly pan and there is a hex nut on the passenger side of the tranny. I think that it takes a 3/4 box end wrench if I rember right (do not overtighten when putting it back, it is plastic). The dipstick is attached to this nut.
Truck got fixed. Changed pump seal and I think converter seal. They dropped pan and all looked good. They said I only lost 3/4 quart but it seemed like more. Seems to run great now except when putting in gear I am now getting a clunk I never had. Ideas?