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Old 03-10-2019, 10:48 PM
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I have a similar trailer... 2019 Starcraft 27Bhu. Same dry weight except my max is only 7800. Lots of guys get caught up on conversative estimates by taking 10%-15% of gross weight and estimating that to be your tongue weight. However, in the case of the trailer you are looking at, that would require you to load 3000lb worth of crap into your camper. Thatís a lot of pots and pans. Hell, some toy haulers donít even have that kind of payload.

Ive only towed my 27BHU home empty but with full 2x 30g propane tanks and a battery, but my HDPP with 2333lb payload handles it exceptionally fine. If you are considering a HDPP I would not blink an eye. You might struggle with a normal max tow though... my HDPP handles this bigger trailer better than my normal XLT handled my much smaller 6000lb max camper. The HDPP really is a step up.
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An off the lot 1/2 ton S.Crew with 1,800 lbs payload,. 4x4, 3.55 rearend, 5.0 or 3.5 EB, should handle that trailer with ease.

I'd ignore the cargo carrying capacity on that trailer, and just consider approximately 1,200 or so lbs above the dry weight as a targeted weight you will actually be towing.

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Originally Posted by Sweetlou View Post
I have a similar trailer... 2019 Starcraft 27Bhu. Same dry weight except my max is only 7800. Lots of guys get caught up on conversative estimates by taking 10%-15% of gross weight and estimating that to be your tongue weight. However, in the case of the trailer you are looking at, that would require you to load 3000lb worth of crap into your camper. Thatís a lot of pots and pans. Hell, some toy haulers donít even have that kind of payload.

Ive only towed my 27BHU home empty but with full 2x 30g propane tanks and a battery, but my HDPP with 2333lb payload handles it exceptionally fine. If you are considering a HDPP I would not blink an eye. You might struggle with a normal max tow though... my HDPP handles this bigger trailer better than my normal XLT handled my much smaller 6000lb max camper. The HDPP really is a step up.

Vast majority of trailers, especially those with slide outs have less than 1800 pounds payload. I calculated what we carry and it is over 1500 pounds when the FWT is filled. There are a few exceptions, and usually those can be spotted by having a light UVW. My Coleman is one of those, with 3K CCC, but it is a non slide out as well. Just about any trailer that weighs more than 6K empty would be light on payload, at least from the 2-3 dozen trailers I looked at on Saturday, heck one of them only had 1120 pounds capacity, not very much at all!

Based on previous setups with my truck I know the limit for mine is 8300# GVW towing with 1557# payload. Keep in mind though, the layout of some trailers are nose heavy to start with, especially toy haulers due to axle placement. I looked at one on Saturday that had rearward axles, putting a lot of weight on the ball when empty.

What one should never ever do is base it on UVW, because frankly, the trailer weighs that once, when it left the factory and does not weigh that when it is hitch to the truck after dealer prep, and will not weight that when ready for the road, so the best bet is to add 1500 to the UVW for a guideline of cargo and water and use that @13%. I use GVWR based on the majority of trailers having small payloads and that should be the absolute maximum the trailer should weigh.
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