Without a separate trans cooler, I woudn't risk beyond 3500, that's 70% of your capacity.Online it says this thing can tow up to 5000lbs. How much would you actually want to tow given my vehicle's condition/age/miles.
Transmission fluid, filter, and install an oil cooler (bypass the radiator lines). Change oil, check your plugs and wires. Brakes must be in top shape.What important maintenance should I do before this trip. Thinking coolant and transfer case fluid and oil. (everything else has been changed since I bought it).
Your trailer will have a net weight (empty), a gross weight (maximum INCLUDING the trailer) and load ratings of your tires (you should pack spares for it,which will add weight.How do I actually calculate how much weight I can put in the trailer given a trailer's weight. The car will be packed with stuff probably as well as towing.
Unless your truck is wired for trailer brakes, you won't have them. Mine is, but I don't know if that's stock.What do I not even know that I need to know? Trailer braking, sway control? How do I know if a uhaul trailer has these?
GO SLOW Do not do 70MPH. Do not try to keep pace with traffic. Right/center lane, go the speed limit at most.
I trailered in a 1994 Silverado from Carson City NV to Richmond VA. Max speed was 60 the entire way with a 7,000lb trailer. Center lane all the way (Right lane was dangerous inside cities due to the constant need to yield to mergers. You'll find opinions on this, but center lane travel was the safest for me.