Posted 2017-06-06 11:58 PM (#170012 - in reply to #170011) Subject: RE: Trailer weight
Location: Calgary, Canada
The short answer is MOST LIKELY NO, your 3/4 ton GMC is too small to SAFELY pull and STOP almost anything but the smallest and lightest of LQ trailers. Platinum horse trailers are normally not the smallest or the lightest trailer out there. Being a higher quality trailer, they are built stronger and can be heavier than the average trailer.
The longer answer is understanding the rating of your truck (GVWR, trailer towing capacity, rear axle capacity, tire load capacity, payload capacity) and comparing this to the LOADED weight of your trailer (and knowing how much of that load is transferred to the goose neck hitch on your truck).
This will involve taking your truck and trailer to a weight scale to determine if your truck is within its safe operating limits.
What is the size of the Platinum trailer - number of horses, short wall length of LQ, trailer width and length along the floor of the trailer?
Another factor is the gas engine in your truck. Depending on the weight of the truck / trailer combination and the type of driving terrain (flat vs. hills / mountains), you may need to upgrade to a diesel.
Posted 2017-06-07 8:11 AM (#170017 - in reply to #170011) Subject: RE: Trailer weight
Location: Waaaaay back Slaughter Hollow
What is the actual weight of the trailer? What is the truck rated to tow?
Other things matter other than the engine the truck is equipped with- what rear the truck has, actual weight of trailer fully loaded with all equipment, feed, water, horses, etc., what is the payload of the truck?
Posted 2017-06-07 8:12 AM (#170018 - in reply to #170011) Subject: RE: Trailer weight
Location: Valentine, NE
My thought is also no as you will be over the capacities.
But even if you are under, I would still be cautious. IF you drive just a few miles a year, on flat ground, with limited or no traffic, seldom load the trailer to capacity (horses, water, fuel, etc), avoid interstate speeds, AND you pickup has less than 100k or so it, and you have experence, you MIGHT get by.
My experience with these Chevy gas motors is that they weaken rapidily/fail around the 120-140k mile range.
Don't forget about your rear pickup tire weight capacity also. Good luck.
Posted 2017-06-07 9:01 AM (#170019 - in reply to #170018) Subject: RE: Trailer weight
Location: Rocky Mount N.C.
That 8.1/Allison combo will pull that trailer just fine.... But, you probably don't have the capacity to safely carry that tongue weight, Spring and tire weight rating will probably be a bit shy. If you are carrying one horse and don't have all the LQ holding tanks full you might give it a try.... Is there a scale near you that you could use to weigh each axle..
That year the 8.1 engine was rated at 340 horsepower and 455 foot # of torque. I got one in a 3500 dually with 4.10 gears and have pulled 15000+# all over eastern USA and it's as strong today as it was on Aug. 20, 2001...!!! Truck has 150000+ miles, I use all Mobil 1 synthetic lubricants.
Posted 2017-06-07 10:17 AM (#170021 - in reply to #170011) Subject: RE: Trailer weight
Like Retento, the 8.1 is great. Several times you've mentioned GVWR. That stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. When the DOT weighs you on the side of the road, that is the maximum amount of weight you are allowed to have on the trailer's axles. The truck's GVWR will be carrying te tongue weight. So the GVWR means nothing as to actual weight, just tells you when to stop loading it up. As has been touched on here- you really need to weigh it. If you can give us dimensions, a lot of times one can get close. 8' wide, 10-12' shortwall- you're probably fine. Much longer, need data.
Note: As discussed in several of these posts, your TRUCK GVWR often becomes the limiting factory when towing a LQ trailer. All the other ratings may be under their limit, but if any of the rating are over, you are OVERLOADED. A truck is like a chain, it is only as strong as it weakest link.
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