Kathryn and I looked at a 26 foot Coachman yesterday. 5785 lbs. Found out our new JL Jeep or my like new show piece 98 Jeep TJ will only pull 2500 lbs. Years ago an ol cabinet maker pulled a 28 foot Airstream with a 54 Chevy long bed from Ontario to Okeechobee. Will my stock 54-3100 pull it? Please answer fast the Coachman will be gone very soon. Thanks Doc.
By the time you get a toothbrush and a few snacks onboard that rig will top 6K lbs. That's approaching the weight that would require a tow vehicle like a dual-wheel one ton pickup. Your stovebolt might be able to get it moving, but definitely don't attempt to stop or steer!
Need heavier truck with bigger brakes.
6,000# is nearly double the weight of your 3100 truck.
My 1998 F-150 is only rated for max 5,000# at the bumper, and it's significantly heavier and more powerful than my 3100 Stovebolt. I wouldn't feel comfortable hooking up to 6,000# even with it.
For your safety, and everyone else on the road, get a 3/4 ton truck that was designed to safely pull 6,000#+.
Doc, the short answer is NO!🛠
I towed an unknown weight 22 foot Norris bumper pull camper with a 59 Suburban with a 307 V8, a SM-420, and a 3.73:1 Dana type 60 3/4 ton rear end. It was just barely adequate for that load, and it had far more power and weight than your pickup. A few hilly campgrounds in east Tennessee made Granny gear a necessity to maneuver in and out of the campsites, not just an unnecessary extra shifter position!
Thank all of you for your quick response. I plan on purchasing it. I knew I could depend on you guys. Ed
I just bought a Starcraft 24 footer. It weigh about the same as the Coachmen you're looking at. Most, MODERN, 1/2 tons are more than capable or towing what you're looking at. The 54, not so much. I towed mine home with a 2014 Expedition. My only complaint is going to be the amount of sway I had on the Interstate. I will second getting a WDH with sway control. Take some time to set it up properly too.
Make sure there is proper tongue weight, too. No negative tongue weight?
Please remember this site is about pre ‘73 GMC/Chevy Trucks, not your Fords/Dodges/IHC Trucks. Photos of off brand trucks will be deleted. Posts containing excessive use of off brand references will be deleted. Let’s strive to stay true to Stovebolt.com’s mission statement. Thank you.
I agree with your post, however in this case, I think using off-brand trucks, even with pictures, to drive home the point of how to properly tow a camper, is perfectly relevant. Maybe it should be placed in another forum besides general truck talk.
The only reason I say this is to help a fellow member understand towing limits for his safety and others on the road.
Did you check out this tech tip.https://www.stovebolt.com/techtips/trailering/trailercomparison.html
And yes Martin, there is a Ford and Dodge in the pictures.
Wow..lol. whats up with that?.
Yup, very good Tech Tip, too bad John couldn’t find a couple of site appropriate tow vehicles. FWIW, I own a 2014 F350 and have owned a D3500 prior to that. Great rigs but not site appropriate. The site doesn’t say ALL trucks it says pre’73 GM/Chevy and I try to respect that. Until site owners instruct me otherwise I will adhere to the rules and I expect you all to do the same.