1997 GMC 6.5L turbo diesel/horse trailer/camper


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I bought a 1997 GMC k3500 6.5L turbo diesel/long bed. The truck says that the GVW is 9200

wish I was surprised because I thought 1 ton truck could tow more than 8,000lb (as the

owner's manual says)

My objective is to have a light camper with a toilet and shower combo, and to tow a 2 horse

trailer (about 5,000lb with one horse or 6,200 with 2). It will be used off-road.. so it

also has to be sturdy and stable.

Is there a light camper (hard or soft top) that you can suggest that is good quality and not

too expensive and be ok with my objective and within safety limits?
I was told that my 6.5L is not a "muscle machine" so I am concern with weight and safety towing on mountains.

Can you suggest what camper is still good quality purchased as used? I would prefer a

used one in good condition with a cold weather package.

I looked at the lance lite 815, the Starmate folding from Starcraft, the Sun-lite, and the capri rodeo deluxe. I am

torned in between the pop-up and the normal camper.. I like to be warm on cold nights (down

to 20 degrees F)

Any advise will be highly welcome and comments on the truck/camper/trailer set up..
Should this truck pull this combo ok in the mountains..?

I live in Burke, VA