I've been researching motorized RVs for years now, but this is my first time considering a travel trailer or a fifth wheel. My boyfriend has a 2007 Chevy 1500 Classic. I've included the ratings for his vehicle further below according to his VIN. Please help me make sense of them because I haven't researched towing as much as I have everything else RV-related. A dealer will tell me that a Chevy 1500 can tow over 10,000 lbs., prompting me to ask if it can also sprout wings and fly like a unicorn whilst pooping rainbows out of its arse. While we will be upgrading his truck in the future, we need something that works with his existing truck for now.
To elaborate on driving conditions: no snow and no mountains, heck, we donít even really have hills down here on the Gulf coast. Very flat land, though I will have to drive at interstate speeds of about 65 mph. I wonít be driving more than 2 hours at a time (most weekend trips will be a 45 minute ride to Ponchatoula or 1.5 hours to Bay St. Louis).
I haven't been able to find any travel trailers with floor plans that I like, but I came across the Micro Minnie 5th wheel and I'm in love. The specs for all the floor plans are listed below.
I do understand that these are the dry weights and don't include cargo. I just can't imagine putting 1200 lbs. of "stuff" in there. These are the weights we will be adding to dry weight for the trailer:
40 lbs. propane
100 lbs. max for water - We will be camping at sites with hookups for all of our trips, so I only plan to fill it up 5-10 gallons for bathroom breaks while we are driving.
300 lbs. of gear - I have actually been accumulating dishes, chairs, beach towels, etc. for the RV for quite some time. I have 3 large boxes in storage that I can lift myself, so they must be 50 lbs. at the most. I doubled that to account for clothes and other stuff I may add later.
100 lbs. for food and drinks since thatís what a good-sized ice chest holds.
This puts the trailer weight at 6320 which is below the trailer GVWR of 7000 and the truckís max trailering weight of 6800.
The truck can tow 6800 if itís a 5th wheel, so this puts me at about 93% of capacity. Everyone says donít tow at full capacity, but if not then how much less; 80%, 70%?
Curb weight of truck: 4500 lbs.
Full tank of gas = 156 lbs. (26 gallon tank)
600 lbs. for passengers and gear in the truck: boyfriend (190 lbs.), me (135 lbs.), two tweens (200 for both), a 40 lb. dog and a 10 lb. Chihuahua. I figured the kids may bring 25 lbs. of clothes, gadgets and snacks in their book sacks.
This puts the total weight of vehicle, fluids and passengers at 5255 lbs. GVWR for the truck itself is 6200 lbs. I know I didnít account for oil, transmission fluid, etc. but there is plenty of leeway here.
Am I dreaming because this is too close to capacity, or is this doable, given my very light driving on a flat surface?
MICRO MINNIE 5TH WHEEL SPECS
GVWR (lbs.) 7,000 7,000 7,000
Sleeps9 5 4 4
Axles (lbs.) [email protected]
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,700 [email protected]
Dry Weight (lbs.) 5,740 5,780 5,640
Furnace (BTU) 18,000 18,000 18,000
Hitch Weight (lbs.) 1,140 1,060 1,100
2007 CHEVY 1500 CLASSIC
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front3600 lbs 3600.0 min 3600.0 max
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear3686 lbs 3686.0 min 3686.0 max
Curb Weight - Front2654 lbs 2654.0 min 2654.0 max
Curb Weight - Rear1845 lbs 1845.0 min 1845.0 max
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap6500, 6200 lbs 6200.0 min 6500.0 max
Gross Combined Wt Rating11000, 12000, 9500 lbs 9500.0 min 13000.0 max
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.5000 lbs 5000.0 min 5000.0 max
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.750 lbs 750.0 min 750.0 max
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.6900 lbs 5100.0 min 7900.0 max
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.1035 lbs 765.0 min 1185.0 max
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.6800 lbs 6800.0 min 6800.0 max
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.1700 lbs 1700.0 min 1700.0 max