Rig Roundup: 7 Half-Ton Towable Trailers You Can Pull With Your Pickup

Jan 27, 2021 | General

Rig Roundup: 7 Half-Ton Towable Trailers You Can Pull With Your Pickup

Looking for a trailer to tow with your mid- or full-size pickup truck? These are some of our favorite half-ton trailers and fifth wheels.

By Ashley Rossi

Photo courtesy of Keystone RV Company

Mid- and full-size pickup trucks are a popular choice when it comes to tow vehicles because of their ability to tow and fit passengers comfortably. They also have fuel-efficient engines, easier driveability when compared to larger trucks, and RV-friendly add-on options. But when selecting a trailer, you need to carefully consider the payload and towing capacity of your half-ton truck.  

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What Does Half-Ton Towable Mean?

Half-ton towable is a confusing term in reference to RVing. Half-ton traditionally refers to the payload capacity of the truck, meaning that it can generally carry about 1,000 pounds of cargo, passengers, and trailer tongue weight. A half-ton towable refers to trailers that can theoretically be towed by a half-ton vehicle. In real life, however, truck payload capacity varies greatly in this category, making the classification very misleading. Make sure to check your specific truck’s payload capacity as these classifications vary from make and model. 

What Is a Half-Ton Fifth Wheel?

A half-ton fifth wheel is a fifth wheel trailer that can be towed by the majority of half-ton trucks on the market. Pay careful attention to numbers when shopping in this category: Many fifth wheels that are classified as half-ton towables would max out the payload capacity of virtually every pickup truck in the half-ton class. 

Can a Half-Ton Pull a Travel Trailer?

Half-ton trucks are extremely popular tow vehicles. Travel trailers that fit within their payload and towing capacities average from 1,000 to 2,000 pounds and 5,000 to 13,000 pounds respectively. Popular half-ton trucks include the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, Nissan Titan, and GMC Sierra 1500. 

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Important Features to Look for in Half-Ton Towable RVs

If you’re looking for a trailer to tow with a half-ton truck, consider the following:

Tongue Weight

It’s imperative that you include the tongue weight of the trailer, or the weight placed on the hitch, when calculating your payload capacity. We’ve listed each featured trailer’s hitch weight in the specs below.   

Length

Since you can tow a decent-sized trailer with a half-ton towable, consider its length, especially if you’re looking to camp in national and state parks. You’ll need to add your rig’s length to your vehicle’s length to determine what size site you’ll need. According to the Camper Report, if you have a combined length of 35 feet, you’ll fit at 73 percent of all national park campgrounds.  

Also, many travel trailers are lightweight and can be towed by a range of vehicles, but remember that the longer your trailer is, the more susceptible it will be to crosswinds and other weather conditions. 

GVWR

When shopping for a half-ton towable, you should pay attention to the trailer’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) instead of the dry weight, or unloaded vehicle weight (UVW), since this number will need to be below—ideally, well below—your truck’s towing capacity. 

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Half-Ton Towable RVs 

If a half-ton towable fits your RV lifestyle, here are some options with a variety of different floor plans to consider with gross vehicle weight ratings under 10,500 pounds. These seven trailers can easily be towed by many half-ton trucks on the market. 

CrossRoads RV Sunset Trail SS212RB

Layout for RV with chaise lounge and king-sized bed.
Photo courtesy of CrossRoads RV.

Couples will be super comfortable in this half-ton towable layout. Complete with a king-sized bed, sectional style sofa with a chaise lounge, spacious shower, large sink, open layout, and walk-in pantry, the lightweight Sunset Trail doesn’t sacrifice space, even though it’s just below 26 feet long. For its size, this floorplan packs a lot in, making it ideal for couples looking to enjoy smaller campsites in national and state parks.

SPECS:

  • UVW: 4,889 pounds
  • GVWR: 7,510 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 518 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 25 feet, 11 inches
  • Exterior Height: 11 feet, 11 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 45 gallons
  • Black Tank: 30 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 30 gallons
  • MSRP: $37,085

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Camping in the summer heat? You can add a second air conditioner to this rig. 

More information on this half-ton towable can be found here.


Keystone Outback 342CG

Exterior view of 38-foot travel trailer by Keystone.
Photo courtesy of Keystone RV Company.

Keystone’s award-winning Outback is an ideal option for those looking to match a toy hauler with their mid- or full-size pickup truck. While lengthy, the Outback’s GVWR comes in at 10,500 pounds, so you have more than 2,500 pounds of cargo capacity for your toys. This floorplan sleeps eight and has a separate main bedroom with plenty of storage and a king-sized bed. The garage area has flip down bunk beds, and you’ll also find a sofa sleeper in the main area. Ideal for families, sliding barn doors add privacy while a fireplace gives warmth in the main gathering area. There’s even a built-in kennel for pets. 

SPECS:

  • UVW: 7,893 pounds
  • GVWR: 10,500 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 960 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 38 feet
  • Exterior Height: 11 feet, 4 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 60 gallons
  • Black Tank: 38 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 76 gallons
  • MSRP: $43,319

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The Outback 342CG’s layout is designed to be wheelchair accessible and has a 56-inch-wide extended ramp door.

More information on this half-ton towable can be found here.


Heartland North Trail 24 DBS

Interior view of half-ton towable travel trailer with double bunk room.
Photo courtesy of Heartland.

Small families will feel right at home in this half-ton towable. It sleeps seven to eight people and has a roomy back double bunk area that’s perfect for kids and a king-sized bedroom at the front of the rig, both of which can be closed off from the main living area. There’s a lot that comes standard with this rig, including solar, cable, and WiFi prep as well as power stabilizer jacks, a power tongue jack, and LED lighting with quick charge USB ports.

SPECS:

  • UVW: 6,316 pounds
  • GVWR: 8,600 pounds 
  • Hitch Weight: 806 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 30 feet, 10.5 inches
  • Exterior Height: 11 feet, 4 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 45 gallons
  • Black Tank: 40 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 80 gallons
  • MSRP: $34,733

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Families will appreciate the double bunk area in the back, which also has a second entertainment center.  

More information on this half-ton towable can be found here.


Grand Design RV Transcend Xplor 265BH

Interior view of half-ton towable travel trailer with open floor plan.
Photo courtesy of Grand Design RV.

This layout is perfect for grandparents that sometimes take their grandkids along. The double-sized bunks with step storage are located in the rear of the open-layout main area. There are also two sofas to lounge on, a walk-in shower, and a queen-sized bed in the front of the rig. Owners note that even at nearly 33 feet long, this rig still tows like it’s under 30 feet. 

SPECS:

  • UVW: 6,327 pounds
  • GVWR: 7,995 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 658 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 32 feet, 9 inches
  • Exterior Height: 11 feet, 1 inch
  • Fresh Water Tank: 62 gallons
  • Black Tank: 39 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 78 gallons
  • MSRP: $28,556

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

You can replace either sofa with theatre seating if desired. 

More information on this half-ton towable can be found here.


nuCamp Cirrus 620

Interior view of truck camper with platform bed and seating area.
Photo courtesy of nuCamp.

Designed specifically for half-ton trucks, this truck camper weighs in at 1,500 pounds and comes standard with a queen-sized bed, a 210-watt solar kit, a water management system, a hidden cassette toilet, and a decent amount of storage. For cooking, you have a small sink, two-burner stove, two-way fridge, 20-pound propane compartment, and a patio outlet. 

SPECS:

  • UVW: 1,500 pounds
  • Overall Length: 12 feet, 8 inches
  • Overall Height: 8 feet, 2 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 18 gallons
  • Black Tank: 5 gallons (Cassette)
  • Gray Tank: 12 gallons
  • MSRP: $38,591

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

You can control the fan and lighting with the SmartCamp app. 

More information on this half-ton compatible rig can be found here.


Jayco Eagle HT Fifth Wheel 25.5REOK

Layout view of half-ton towable fifth wheel made by Jayco.
Photo courtesy of Jayco.

With a GVWR just under 10,000 pounds, this half-ton towable fifth wheel has a flexible layout. It comes in under 30 feet long, so it’s easily maneuverable and can fit at smaller campsites. Ideal for couples who tend to host guests, the front half of the rig is a suite with a queen-sized bed and lots of storage. The back half of the rig houses the kitchen and living area which has the option for theatre seating in place of a tri-fold sofa or a booth dinette instead of a freestanding table and chairs. Cooks will love the outside kitchen, ideal for entertaining at the campground, and the walk-in pantry.

SPECS:

  • UVW: 8,290 pounds
  • GVWR: 9,995 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 1,440 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 29 feet, 2 inches
  • Exterior Height: 12 feet, 11 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 81 gallons
  • Black Tank: 43 gallons 
  • Gray Tank: 43 gallons, 32.5 gallons (secondary)
  • MSRP: $56,988

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The large fresh water tank size will be appreciated by those who enjoy boondocking or state park camping. 

More information on this half-ton towable can be found here.


Venture RV Stratus SR261VBH

Layout view of half ton towable trailer with queen-sized bed and double bunk area.
Photo courtesy of Venture RV.

There’s no shortage of storage with this floorplan. With three pantries, pass-through storage in the front bedroom, and plenty of other creatively hidden drawers and cabinets, you can take everything you need and more on the road. The floorplan sleeps four comfortably, with a true queen-sized bed and double bed over double bed bunk. There’s also a u-dinette (or theater seat option) that can be converted to more beds if needed. Outside you’ll find a cooking station, shower, marine-grade speakers, and an 18-foot power awning, complete with LED lights. We love that this lightweight trailer under 30 feet can still comfortably fit a family. 

SPECS:

  • UVW: 5,990 pounds
  • GVWR: 7,380 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 730 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 29 feet, 10 inches
  • Exterior Height: 10 feet, 10 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 45 gallons
  • Black Tank: 32 gallons 
  • Gray Tank: 64 gallons
  • MSRP: $44,850

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

If you’re looking to complete your outdoor kitchen, you can add on an option with a swing-away, bumper-mounted griddle. And for easy maneuvering, you can add on a backup camera.  

More information on this half-ton towable can be found here.


A Note on Rig Specs

It’s incredibly important to pay close attention to specs when shopping for a travel trailer. Use the VIN (vehicle identification number) to find the towing capacity and payload capacity for your specific tow vehicle.

GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating): The maximum loaded weight of your trailer as determined by the manufacturer. You should never exceed this weight rating when your RV is stocked with all of your gear, propane, and fresh water. 

GCWR (Gross Combination Weight Rating): The maximum weight of both the vehicle and trailer, plus the passengers and cargo in both.

UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight): The weight of your trailer as manufactured with no cargo, propane, or water. This is often referred to as “dry weight.”

CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity): This is the difference between your UVW and your GVWR, telling you how much weight you can safely add to your trailer. Pay close attention to the cargo carrying capacity if you intend to travel with a lot of gear. 

Tongue Weight: This is the amount of weight pressing down on the hitch ball that is attached to your tow vehicle. It is extremely important to make sure that the tongue weight of a travel trailer does not exceed your tow vehicle’s payload capacity. 


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Disclaimer: Togo RV is part of a joint venture, partially owned by Thor Industries, Inc., of which Crossroads, Heartland, Jayco, Keystone RV Company, and Venture RV are subsidiaries.

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Ashley Rossi

Ashley is the managing editor at Togo RV. She comes from a background in travel writing which has taken her from Australia to Haida Gwaii. Her favorite national park is Zion and she's helping her parents plan an epic cross-country retirement trip in an Airstream.

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