How close do you get to the Montana GVWR?
We are seriously considering buying one of the larger Montanas (ie 3280 or bigger) and it will be our first 5er. They all have a GVWR of about 14,000 lbs which is about 4000bs above the dry weight. My question is - how often do any owners load there Montanas close to this GVWR.
I would like to know this because 14,000 lbs is close to or above the towing capacity of most 3/4 or 1 ton pickup trucks. I checked the towing capacity table in the Dec02 Trailer Life and here are the figures.
Ignoring regular cab figures -
Chrysler - 13650 max unless you get the HO diesel with manual transmission then it goes as high as 16300!
GM - 15700/15500 max gas/diesel
Ford - 13800/13300 max gas/diesel
This seems to indicate that there is no Ford pickup rated to tow a larger Montana, only the Chrysler HO diesel manual is rated and GM seems to be the best choice. In any event, 14000lbs is right on the limit for a pickup truck.
So what gives?
Are the truck figures conservative or do you never approach the 5er GVWR?
BTW I realize there are other issues like truck GVW and GCW but I am asking about towing capacity.
Thanks for any help