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The Armada makes a terrific tow vehicle, likely the best 1/2 ton tow vehicle on the market. The main limitation with towing with an Armada is tongue weight. Remember that all max capacities assume the tow vehicle is empty, with only the driver and a full tank of fuel. Any people or cargo that you add to the tow vehicle will directly reduce available tongue weight and max tow capacity. So, if you want to tow 9000 pounds and stay under the maximum tow capacity, you can't have anything else (including passengers) in the truck.
Having said that, there are a few people on this forum that are towing trailers much heavier and longer than your trailer, with good results. I'm a bit more conservative than they are, so I personally wouldn't exceed 80% of the max tow capacity, to give me a bit of a cushion. My trailer is about 26 feet long, including the tongue, and weighs about 5200 to 5500 pounds loaded for a trip. My tongue weight is about 600 to 650 pounds. With this configuration, which is significantly under the max tow capacity of the truck, I am likely exceeding max tongue weight, when I have my kids and wife in the car with me. I've had nothing but great results with this setup, however.
I'd highly recommend you do some searching on this forum on this subject. There are a whole lot of posts regarding towing with these trucks, which will give you some great information. Make sure you get a good brake controller, and a good anti-sway / weight distribution hitch. I use the Tekonsha Prodigy controller, and the Equal-i-zer brand hitch.
Again, the Armada makes a great tow vehicle. Our trucks have enough power that it's real easy to overload them, however. Just make sure you know what you're getting into before you commit your money!!
Don't hesitate to ask more questions if you can't easily find an answer. Lots of folks on this forum who will be glad to help out.
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