View Full Version : Moving...
04-13-2011, 10:07 AM
Just got a job at Langley, VA:head: I'm going to be towing a 6x12 trailer that I expect to weigh in near 5,000lbs. I'll also have about 600 lbs in the bed of the truck. (motorcycle and maybe a few other things). I'll be leaving from mass and heading to Virginia, hopefully in one day.
The truck is an 04 1500 crew cab. It has a BB tune, air raid jr, banks cat-back, power-slot rotors with hawk pads, leveling kit with an add a leaf in the back and Bilstein 5100's all around rollin on load range D tires.
I know I'll be under the towing capacity of the truck. You guys have any good tips for the road trip?
04-13-2011, 10:33 AM
A 5,000lb 6x12 trailer will probably be over capacity for that size trailer unless it's double axle.
My advice, put a trans temp gauge in if you dont already have one, and if it starts hunting gears take it out of OD. Otherwise, good luck with the move.
04-13-2011, 11:08 AM
If you're not familiar with towing, don't forget to readjust side mirrors. After picking up trailer, practice some turns and backing before you load it. Remember it is there once you're on the road - it doesn't quite follow truck tire tracks on turns. Load your weight evenly inside trailer.
04-13-2011, 01:13 PM
It's a dual axle trailer, but its still going to be right at the top of its gvwr. I've towed before just not with this truck. I had had a little more than 1500lbs in the bed this passed weekend and the truck was squatting pretty bad. I'm hoping I won't have nearly that much weight on the suspension with this set up.
04-13-2011, 07:29 PM
Langley is close to me maybe ill see you riding around!
04-13-2011, 08:43 PM
The biggest thing is just to take your time and don't try and set any landspeed records... Let people pass if they need to, if you try and speed the only thing you are speeding to is your accident. I have driven several times from Arizona to Washington with a similiar type load and you won't have any problems.
04-13-2011, 09:04 PM
Take the tools needed to remove a trailer tire if needed. With it being a tandem axle trailer you can get away with one tire on that side long enough to get it fixed.
04-14-2011, 08:13 AM
Being a tandem axle, you can figure 10-20 percent of weight will be on the tongue, depending on how evenly you load it, that will help compare to the weight you had in bed recently.
04-22-2011, 03:45 PM
Yes load it with 10% tongue wieght. I make sure to measure my drawbar with just the traielr and measure it from the ground again with the trailer loaded. it should drop at least 2 inches of so to guarantee tongue weight.
04-23-2011, 03:40 AM
Made the trip this past Thursday. Everything went well and had no problems really. The truck and trailer weighed in at 11,450 lbs, a little more then expected but w/e I'm here. Thanks for the tips everyone!
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.0 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
SEO by vBSEO