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I have a 2005 Chev 2500hd with a duramax with the 6.5 box. I want to get a used pickup camper so I can still pull a trailer. I found an older Northstar camper that is a good buy for the money but it is 8.5 feet long and the hard side version, not the lighter weight pop up style. Not a problem with the tailgate down as the truck can handle that weight alone just fine. The question then is, if I add one of those solid hitch extensions which I've seen 18" or 24" options, will I be pushing it for weight and safety because of the added leverage of the extension on top of the camper weight?

The two heaviest trailers I would pull with the camper on the truck would be my Ranger 620 DVS or our aluminum featherlite 2 place horse trailer with front tack room which I would think is 3500-4000 pounds loaded.

My hunch is that either the camper by itself or one of the trailers with an extension by themselves would not be a problem. From what I've been able to find, the extensions will cut off about 30% of your towing capacity so I would be well within the range for the trailers in that regard. I'm a little concerned about both the camper and the trailer with extensions at the same time. What do you guys think?

One other thing to help keep it simple: I'm not interested in changing to a 'superhitch' or adding anything unusual to the truck. This is a good deal on a camper but I'll pass and get a shorter one if this won't work.

Thanks

ccarlson

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