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Old 08-10-2017, 07:09 PM   #1
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We have an opportunity to buy a nice 40ft bumper pull trailer for a good deal. The problem is that all the trucks we own are half tons. It will be pulled mostly by our 2016 1500 gmc and it does have a tow package. I think the trailer weighed in around 10,000lbs. Can This truck handle it?
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:11 PM   #2
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:12 PM   #3
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No sir, engine alone would not do well, but if your brakes were ever to fail on the camper the truck would not be able to stop it.


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Old 08-10-2017, 07:13 PM   #4
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Actually check your towing capacity on your truck. Also make sure the 10,000 is not just your trailer weight but loaded weight. Even if you could pull it might be tough to stop it.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:17 PM   #5
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No, not safely
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:20 PM   #6
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no way.. I have a 32ft and I pull it with my 1/2 ton Ford and I wouldn't want to go any larger with my truck. I think my rv is around 8500lbs give or take. My buddy had a 35ft rv he pulled for a little bit with his 1/2 ton Ford. He went and got a 3/4 ton after the first year your asking for problems.

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Old 08-10-2017, 07:21 PM   #7
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Probably to much, but get your owners manual out and check what it recommends.

In Ford's manual they'll have varying towing limits based on your truck. 4x4, engine, extended cab, 4 doors, etc.

Whatever that total is subtract your truck weight and the balance is what they recommend you can tow.

Last year I took a 35' trailer with my 2015 F150. No problem with the power, but it was all I wanted from the suspension stand point.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:22 PM   #8
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I had a 26 foot and didn't like pulling it with mt half ton.
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Not safely. Truck up if your gonna get it!
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:25 PM   #10
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Heck no, that's a lot for a half ton. Unless your pulling at once and leaving it somewhere id invest in a 3/4 ton. If your unable to do that id pass on buying the trailer.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:02 PM   #11
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The guy at the rv place told me to put a equalizer hitch on it and it would be good to go. Would that help it?
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:05 PM   #12
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A 40' bumper pull would be a mother @&$%#er with a one ton!

No way with a half ton, or a chevy
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:08 PM   #13
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Seriously, a 40' bumper pull is way, way, way too much for a half ton. That's a huge camper. Must be a park model or something, you don't see that big of a camper too often.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:09 PM   #14
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Maybe one time to a camp or coast. I have a 37' travel trailer and am glad to have a dually.
That's just not safe.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:11 PM   #15
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Seriously, a 40' bumper pull is way, way, way too much for a half ton. That's a huge camper. Must be a park model or something, you don't see that big of a camper too often.
Yeah it's a park model.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:12 PM   #16
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The equalizer hitch would make it possible but I would not do it. As others have said it is not the pulling but the stopping.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:15 PM   #17
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Even with equalizer I bet @ 40 mph the truck starts swaying like a hippie on mushrooms
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:23 PM   #18
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The guy at the rv place told me to put a equalizer hitch on it and it would be good to go. Would that help it?
He wants to sell you the camper. I have owned a 29 ft Travel Trailer and pulled it with a 1/2 ton Suburban with the tow package and burned out my transmission. I currently have a 33 ft Fifth Wheel that I tow with a 3/4 Diesel and it tolerates it on a flat run but get into hills and it really has to work. I would not pull a 40 ft trailer with a 1/2 ton.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:29 PM   #19
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Even with equalizer I bet @ 40 mph the truck starts swaying like a hippie on mushrooms
I wouldn't do it with a 1/2 ton. I have a 28' with weight distribution hitch and it still sways a lot if the wind picks up. I don't get in a hurry going places either.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:32 PM   #20
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He wants to sell you the camper. I have owned a 29 ft Travel Trailer and pulled it with a 1/2 ton Suburban with the tow package and burned out my transmission. I currently have a 33 ft Fifth Wheel that I tow with a 3/4 Diesel and it tolerates it on a flat run but get into hills and it really has to work. I would not pull a 40 ft trailer with a 1/2 ton.
Seriously? I have a 33' and my 2500 never has issues anywhere. What is your truck your towing with? What is the weight of your trailer?
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:40 PM   #21
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Seriously? I have a 33' and my 2500 never has issues anywhere. What is your truck your towing with? What is the weight of your trailer?
F250 Diesel....On Hwy 71 West of Austin just past Beecave, some of those hills get fairly steep and my truck knows the trailer is there
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:47 PM   #22
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Anything over 30' in a bumper pull i think is unsafe for a 1/2 ton even with stabilizers on them there is still too much sway in the back. This past March my brothers 33' flipped on us on our way to washington some high winds caught us just oustide Pecos and next thing you know the rv flipped and dragged us around 360* luckily no one was in the other lane. How do i post pics to show? Also we were going 60mph on flat terrain.
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:12 PM   #23
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No way. I pull a 24 ft with my 1/2 ton GMC with a 5.3 liter engine with tow package and it's all I want. Anything bigger and I'll get me a 3/4 ton. Weight is 6000 and stopping it is the problem.
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:28 PM   #24
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too risky
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Good excuse to get a bigger truck!
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:48 PM   #26
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Can you say "Death Wobble"???
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:51 AM   #27
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Actually check your towing capacity on your truck. Also make sure the 10,000 is not just your trailer weight but loaded weight. Even if you could pull it might be tough to stop it.
The truck is rated to pull a little over 11,000lbs. But yeah my main concern was stopping and wind drift.
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:23 AM   #28
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Not no but hell no. A 40' fifth wheel is a handful, but a 40' bumper pull is stupid. I'm pretty liberal with my towing, and don't have a problem hooking up to a handful. I also drive a 17 F-350 CCLB diesel that weighs in at 8500 lbs unloaded. That trailer would make it difficult with my truck. Pulling something and handling something are two totally different things. That trailer has enough size and weight that it will make a half ton do whatever the trailer wants it to do.
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:31 AM   #29
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If you really want it buy it and just upgrade your truck. You only live once so enjoy it when you can.
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:52 AM   #30
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The truck is rated to pull a little over 11,000lbs. But yeah my main concern was stopping and wind drift.
It ain't about what it is rated to pull.... it's about what it's rated to CARRY...

A 10K bumper pull trailer will have north of 1000 pounds of tongue weight...

And 40' of trailer behind a 1/2 ton will beat you to death...

BTW... Park Model trailers are not designed to be towed regularly..... hence the name PARK MODEL...

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Old 08-11-2017, 11:27 AM   #31
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It ain't about what it is rated to pull.... it's about what it's rated to CARRY...

A 10K bumper pull trailer will have north of 1000 pounds of tongue weight...

And 40' of trailer behind a 1/2 ton will beat you to death...

BTW... Park Model trailers are not designed to be towed regularly..... hence the name PARK MODEL...
Yeah it was intended to be parked and moved once a year. But we found another deal on a 30' now.
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:38 AM   #32
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I pulled my 36ft park model from Canton to Vernon with my 07 GMC with the 5.3......once. 4mpg and 45 mph was all i could do.
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:08 PM   #33
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Absolutely not. I pulled a 37 ft bumper pull back when i had my 6.0 (insert 6.0 jokes here) and it was a beating... that was with a one ton dually that was bad a! I'd find a buddy, or use this as a good excuse for a new ride.
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:09 PM   #34
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I have a 36' gross weight 10600. My F150 pulls it and it is rated at 11200 pounds. The power is there and I could pull it 75 mph if I wanted to. But it is right at its load capacity, and it feels very mushy. I take it slow and I have my eye on a new power stoke that I will have before I tow this thing all over the place. I think if you just pulled it a few times and short distance it would be ok if it is in the trucks specs

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Old 08-11-2017, 04:17 PM   #35
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It's the strain on your transmission that you don't see but will soon find out about. It's good that you're looking at something shorter but even a 32' will give you grief in certain conditions. I pull a 30' bumper pull with my half ton Tundra but only a few times a year. That Tundra is a big ****** truck but I'm afraid of what I'm doing to my tranny when I pull the big beast of a trailer.

Hope to sell it later this year and get something around 18-20'. That would be awesome.
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:23 PM   #36
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The guy at the rv place told me to put a equalizer hitch on it and it would be good to go. Would that help it?
Absolutely not. He's an idiot.

Ask him what they used to deliver it.

Spoiler alert -- The answer is at least a dually one ton.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:30 AM   #39
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The guy at the rv place told me to put a equalizer hitch on it and it would be good to go. Would that help it?
That's a salesman trying to make a sale. No way in hades I would pull a 40' bumper pull. Mine is 34' actual length, I pull it with a Ram half ton. But it is an ultra lite, only weighing about 6500 empty. I wouldn't want to pull much more.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:42 AM   #40
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We have an opportunity to buy a nice 40ft bumper pull trailer for a good deal. The problem is that all the trucks we own are half tons. It will be pulled mostly by our 2016 1500 gmc and it does have a tow package. I think the trailer weighed in around 10,000lbs. Can This truck handle it?
With a rig that big you better trade one of the 1/2 tons off on a 1 ton dually
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:41 PM   #41
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:27 AM   #42
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I've not read all of the posts on this thread, bit it looks like most folks are pointing you in the right direction. The is NO WAY I'd pull a 40' trailer with a 1/2 ton truck. The truck cannot handle that in any aspect. Engine, transmission, suspension, and breaks are all nothe even close to enough for that trailer. I had a 31' trailer that weighed 800 lbs less than my truck'so towing capacity. Even with a weight distribution hitch properly installed, it was near enough truck. The tongue weight alone will likely squat your truck to the stops.
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:04 PM   #43
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The guy at the rv place told me to put a equalizer hitch on it and it would be good to go. Would that help it?
Check your towing specs but you can do that with the weight distribution hitch and a electronic brake controller. I do it with an F-150 and a tow package.
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