Originally Posted by Sask F150
Thanks for all the replies everyone! Looks like pretty much what I expected when I made the thread. Half saying im fine and other half saying im overloaded. lol
Im going to take smokeywrens advice and go to the scales one day to figure out my max trailer weight.
Does it make a difference if you store more stuff in the trailer than in your truck? Most if not all of my camping items would be stored in the trailer along with food and clothes. I never travel with full tanks other than propane. the only thing I could see putting in my bed is bikes and maybe a few odds and ends.
Yes, it will help if you can take some of the gear in your truck bed and put it into the camper. Once in the camper, it'll not make much difference compared to having it go directly against your truck payload.
If it's just you and your wife, and really no additional gear, firewood or anything, then it may work out with only 1200 lbs of true payload (after truck accessories).
If you can tell us what you will put into the truck weight wise as far as you, family, and any additional weight that the truck didn't come from the factory with, that will really help.
With my 800 lbs family and gear(including truck accessories at 15# soft tonneau cover and 20# bedrug), and your trucks 6040 lbs weight, your 13,500 lbs CGVW, would give you a tow rating of at 6050 lbs.
No matter what you do, you're going to be over weight or at least exceed the CGWR (your true tow rating). My travel trailer loaded is about 6500 lbs.
I would definitely buy a much lighter camper or buy another truck, perhaps a 3/4 ton if you plan to load it out like a Lincoln/Cadillac. Once you buy the camper, it's to late when you take it to the scales and find you have exceeded all ratings.
I would look at "NONE" slide Hybrid (tent bunk ends with hardwalls) campers if you need all the sleeping a bunkhouse offers but with the light weight a 1/2 truck can tow safely. Even Hybrid campers with slides can be to much weight for your little payload and lower CGWR. I would try to stick to campers around 4500 lbs wet/loaded with your truck capacities. This Jayco Hybrid camper
may work if you load it light and if your gear/family weight is lighter than my 800 lbs. It has large beds, a separate sofa bench (attached to dinette) and good size fresh water and waste water tanks. It's really hard to get below 1200 lbs and have enough bunks for a larger family.