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post Apr 25 2013, 08:40 PM
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We are currently towing our 30Ft. Holiday Rambler with a 1997 GMC 1500 Sierra with 350 cubic inch, fuel injected V8. We have over 140,000 miles on it and have had no problems (except a fuel pump), even though we know we are towing more than suggested. We looked at a 2012 Ram 1500 ST with the same size engine as our 97, that is supposed to tow over 10,000 lbs. Anyone have any thoughts?
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post Apr 25 2013, 10:45 PM
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Towing limits for vehicles are not "suggestions" they are maximum safe towing limits as stated by a vehicle's manufacturer. You are almost certainly exceeding the towing limits for your current truck and may also be exceeding its GVWR. I am glad you have not had any problems, but if you were to be in a serious accident you might find yourself in serious legal jeopardy because you knowingly exceeded your vehicle's capability.

With a 30 ft RV you almost assuredly need a 2500 series truck and a 3500 would probably be a better choice. You would be best served by starting with the gross and hitch weights of your RV and finding trucks capable of handling that load, while also carrying you and your family. Just because you have been safe with an overloaded tow vehicle in the past doesn't mean you should purchase another one.

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