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Towing right to the limit, bad idea?

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I have a 2010 SE 4x4 with 2.93 gears, 45k miles on it (purchased new), and hope to get another 5-7 or more years out of it. I drive it only on the weekends as evidenced by the miles and until recently have only towed approx 1,500 miles with light weight 2,000 to 5,000 lbs. I've purchased a travel trailer and weighed and measured. I'm coming in right at on tongue weight and just over on tow weight (rated 7,300 lbs, weight calculations has me at 7,600 lbs). The 7600 lbs is fully loaded including passengers and gear loaded up.

Looking to haul once or twice every month or two, 200 miles each way so 400 miles round trip. There's a few hills "rolling" enough to notice, but no mountains (I'm in Florida).

I've done one trip and it seems to haul fine, definitely notice the tran temp climb and it has spiked NEAR the line about 4/5 of the way over but never hit it or sat there (I give it some RPMs when needed).

Am I riding the lightning and going to tear my truck up, or can I make it another 5-7 years and 50k miles doing this?

Thanks for any input!
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I agree with Lee, you aren't pushing it that hard, that often. You should be fine.
Since you're close, you might start looking for a few hundred pounds of weight savings. You won't likely find it in one item, but you could swap to some lighter stuff along the way both in the truck and trailer) and leave some unnecessary stuff home, and probably ditch 300 lbs of weight. You have to think like a backpacker or a race car builder. That 300 lbs will come off in increments of a few pounds at a time. Lighter dishes, mattresses, aluminum versus steel, fewer redundancies, etc.

Beyond that, just know that if you are in an accident and are a little over, it could cause you big issues with both the insurance companies and the law (civil or potentially criminal).
If you are not obviously over weight, they will never know. Never heard of anyone taking the debris from a wreck and having it weighed. Now if you are obviously, it will cause suspicion, but most are just going to write it up with out thinking about it.
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