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GAFF
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Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
Can it be done safely?

GMC Sierra 1500. V8 5.3L 8 speed. Can tow 9100lbs. Trailers max GVWR is 8000lbs so I’m not worried about the weight. Camper is 34’ 11” long. I’ll have a weight distributing hitch and sway bars. Will I be fighting this thing down the interstate or should I be ok?

How much sway can I expect?

Truck came with trailer brake module as well
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Kashmir
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
i wouldn’t. hills are gonna lug you down a lot. 8000 empty plus you, food, passengers, supplies, grill, etc is gonna top it out. and your truck is gonna guzzle gas.
i have a Z chevy pulling a 21 ft jayco that weighs 4100 empty and i get about 12mpg on trips.


weadjust
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
I would be most concerned about stopping than pulling.


GAFF
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
The camper is 6400ish dry, 8000 is it’s max weight. It’ll be used for work so it’ll be parked most of the year. I just want to know the few times I have to move it if the length will cause it to push me all over the road.


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DeepSouthSportsman
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
35' bumper pull will tow like shite no matter what you're towing with.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
Yep. You’d need a dump truck to make it pull decent


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SportTiger1
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
Hauled a 34ft fema trailer from baton rouge to shreveport in a Silverado. No sway bars, no brakes, no anything.

First time I tried to stop....I've Never been so scared in my life. Never got over 60


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CHEDBALLZ
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
One time thing for under 100 miles.... yes


fishfighter
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
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One time thing for under 100 miles.... yes


This, BUT, it all depends on the time off the year. I wouldn't do it in the summer time due to the extra heat unless you have an extra transmission cooler.


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Bolivar Shagnasty
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
You will be able to pull it just fine. Like stated previously, hills will be a pain in the ass. You have trailer brakes, which is the most important tool in your bag. Gas will also be an issue, but overall you can pull it safely.


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ccard257
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
It's fine. My FIL has a 35' that is about 7800 dry. His Sierra has a higher tow rating than yours by about 1k lbs. I wouldn't want to do it every week but for the couple 3 times a year we move it it's not bad, even in the texas hill country. If you set up the trailer brakes properly stopping is not an issue.


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cgrand
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
learn how to set and feather the trailer brakes switch on your dash
you'll be fine just take it easy


GAFF
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
What kind of sway can I expect? Will the “tail be wagging the dog” so to speak?


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AlxTgr
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
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I would be most concerned about stopping than pulling.
Nah, if the brakes are set right, the trailer does way more of the braking than the truck. Tongue weight would be my biggest concern. Oh, and no, I would not do it, and this is coming from a frequent overloader of 1/2 tons with 5ers.


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I have a 2016 tundra and it pulls my 35 ft travel trailer fine. It has sway bars. It weighs about 10,000 loaded down


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24nights
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
Make sure weight dist is set up correctly. Your truck should do ok, you will definitely feel the weight behind you. Sway is caused by several factors, wind, wind drag from big trucks, bad bumps etc. If a bad sway problem happens DO NOT use truck bake pedal, use the finger slide on the brake control. Good luck.
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Bow08tie
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
No


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Mark Makers
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
About 5 years ago, I had an 09 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3 V8 with a towing package (transmission cooler), trailer brake controller, and helper bags....used it to tow a 34' bumper pull around the same weight as yours.

It pulled that camper fine and never once did I feel unsafe. It was definitely hard on that truck on hills/overpasses though. I never had any problems but did upgrade to a 3/4 ton after about a year.

I would say if you are primarily staying down south on flat land, you should be fine. If you are headed up to hill/mountain country, you may want to think about a bigger truck.

Image: https://preview.ibb.co/fYOdhG/IMG_0726.jpg
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diat150
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
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Can it be done safely?



you need dat f250 tee. check with t-boy at dons wholesale. you need a dons truck tee.


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LSUintheNW
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re: Hauling 35’ Camper With A 1500?
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Can it be done safely?


Pulling it? Sure.

Now, needing to brake hard and or suddenly? I wouldn't do it.


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