Originally Posted by Shootermurray
....Truck is rated for 9300 towing...
4 people 2 adults 2 children
roll ex tonneau cover, bull bar, 275/70 tires instead of 275/65 and 2 inch level kit...
I looked in the "sales brochure" at the "sales" numbers, and I see that 9300 lb weight listed.
However....I slid over to the left on the chart and see a GC
WR of 15100 lbs. That "C" stands for "Combined", and is the max weight your truck and trailer together can weigh.
If your truck is loaded to its GVWR of 7350 (which it definitely will weigh with your family and the trailer's tongue weight loading it down) then subtract the truck's GVWR from the GCWR, you get a max weight for a trailer of 7750 lbs
Like Norotso says, your payload capacity is very important. It will probably be the rating that will determine your max trailer weight. Below are my door stickers, and you can see the bottom sticker has the very low payload capacity of my heavily optioned King Ranch:
I hope your payload capacity is in the 1400 to 1500 lb range or you may have problems. The sticker payload capacity is with the truck empty, but a full tank of gas.
You say the family in the cab will weigh 550, so subtract that from your sticker payload.
Also, how much do the tonneau and bull bar weigh - at least 100 lbs? Subtract that weight as well.
Next, the weight of your WDH will approach 100 lbs.
What else will you be carrying in the bed of the truck when towing? I don't think you'll have any payload capacity left over at all, so you'll be loading the trailer up - and like Russell said the trailer will probably be at least 6500 (I bet more!!).
So....even just the family, the tonneau and bull bar, and the WDH will weigh at least 750 lbs.
If your payload capacity is a generous 1500 lbs, subtract the 750 lbs of family, etc. - and that leaves 750 lbs for the tongue weight of the trailer.
With the tongue weight being 12% to 13% of the loaded trailer weight, 12% of 6500 is 780 lbs. With your WDH properly adjusted, it should redistribute about 20% of that back to your trailer's axles.
So....if you have a 1500 lb payload capacity you should be in good shape (although right up at your truck's limits) with the trailer you're looking at. Anything less than that 1500 and you might be okay if you can keep the trailer lightly loaded.