So like I mentioned in a previous post the horse van didn't work out so I have to go with a trailer.
I have a 1985 Chevy Silverado C20 3/4 ton truck and it runs likes a dream. I've been pulling small, rented and borrowed bumper pull horse trailers, without a problem. I've decided to purchase my own horse trailer, but I'm confused by limits and ratings and weights.
I've read that goosenecks can pull more than bumper pulls.
I've read articles that say the GVWR is how much the truck can pull, but then I've read other articles that say you need to weight your truck on a scale and subtract that from the GVWR and that is the total amount you can pull.
(Which doesn't make a lot of sense to me, as when doing the math this weekend, the trailer weight of the trailer I've been using (2700 lbs) + my the weight of my horse 1500 + me, tack and feed for 3 days, is WAAY over the GVWR if you were to include the weight of the truck too, and the truck doesn't strain when pulling or have problems breaking/stoping.)
And then I just read a forum posting that said that, the rule about subtracting your truck weight from the posted GVWR weight went in to affect in the late 80's after new laws went in place, BUT I can't find 25 year old articles talking about this.
I had a new brake controler and new wiring put in last summer for the bumper pull towing, but I'm considering installing a B&W Turnover Gooseneck hitch for the bed.
I've read that by having a gooseneck you can pull more but how much, and is this even true?
According to the placard in the door the GVWR is 8600, GAWR FRONT 3800 & GAWR REAR 6000
But then next to that it says "For an improved ride with MAX of 3 passengers + 200 lbs of cargo its:
GVWR is 7200, GAWR FRONT 3800 GAWR REAR 4410
How much can I tow, and does that number change if I get a gooseneck?
Thank you very much for your help in advance!