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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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If that is the dry weight you will be way over by the time you add batteries, propane tanks, awning and all your gear, your towing capacity is 7300 pounds. How many people and how much gear is going to be in the truck when you tow? All of this has a factor in determining how much you have left as towing capacity.
Understood on being thorough. To be clear the trailer dry weight is 5500lbs. The 7600lbs accounts for crew and all materials not bolted down going in and behind the truck. Edited the OP to clarify that. Thank you
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If you have trailer brakes, LT tires, common sense, and a good hitch, it'll be fine. Just keep the tranny temps under control and go easy.
The only major difference between yours and a "big tow" is the final gearing.
That's my thought, guess I'm looking for some additional validation from some more experienced. I had planned to upgrade to a 3/4 ton when I got a travel trailer but it isn't convenient for finances atm. My new trailer has brakes, though since I've never used them (and didn't notice any kind of improved braking), I'm pretty well convinced they're not working. When I pulled in for gas the hubs around the brakes were definitely warm, but I'd expect them to be HOT like normal brakes so plan to get them checked out before next trip. Good everywhere else :)
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