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It is hard to quantify 'a significant amount', but, yes, there are many people who tow over the limit. Some never have an issue, some do. As pointed out above, if ya behave yourself, you should be fine. Ultimately, the call to tow heavy is yours. Be as well informed as you can to make the best decision you can...for your safety and that of your family.
I am on an RV Forum as well (I also tow a regular 5er - 12k) and this topic comes up a lot. Some of the stuff that is said: (paraphrased)
Yes, your truck can probably tow way more than recommended, but....you gotta stop it too. Yes, the trailer will have brakes, but how much are you taxing the brakes on the truck.
Be careful how much over you tow. If you're in an accident, your truck/trailer may be weighed - if you're overweight, you could be found at fault. (depending on the circumstances)
.........and it goes on.