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Old 04-27-2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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Towing with 2012 GMC/Chev 1500 crewcab

We have just purchased a Jayco 28 U (dry 5000 lb GVW 7000 lb).

We are looking at buying a 2012 GMC Crew Cab 4X4 5.3 litre 6 speed with 3.42 rear axle. Tow rating is 9500 lb. These trucks come with integrated TT braking module and also trailer sway control as part of the stability control.

Does anyone have experience towing with these GM vehicles. Does the brake controller work well? Also does the integrated sway control cause any problems with a trailer WD and sway control setup.

We are also trying to choose which WD sytem to get for this trailer.

Thanks for comments and suggestions.

Peter
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:24 AM   #2
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I'll suggest two WDH's you can consider. Try Equal-i-zer or Reese High Performance Dual Cam. There are others more expensive but either of these would handle your TT just fine. Both also have integrated sway control.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:17 AM   #3
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...Does anyone have experience towing with these GM vehicles. Does the brake controller work well? ....
Peter, I have a 2012 GMC Sierra 3500HD with integrated brake controller.

It has not performed as well as the BrakeSmart controller I had in my previous tow vehicle. I am towing the same travel trailer.

See this thread for details:
http://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=6808

I have an appointment scheduled with the GMC service center next week. I'm taking the truck in with trailer in tow. They will test it towing the trailer to determine if it is not working properly. If it is working as designed, the tech informed me he can show me how to disable the integrated trailer brake controller (ITBC) so I can install an aftermarket brake controller of my choosing.

Will keep the forum posted.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:26 AM   #4
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As for the truck, make sure the actual truck has sufficient payload for the tongue weight and truck contents (family, friends, dogs, stuff, etc.)

Husky has a Centerline Hitch that is similar to the Equal-i-zer brand. I recommend either of these.

As for towing, the 5.3 and 6sp will do the work. I hauled a large livestock trailer (guessing it was over 6k pounds) last week, and was lucky to see 9 mpg towing. It ran best in 4th gear, below 3k rpm. I was driving into 20 mph winds.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:44 AM   #5
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My new Chevrolet pickup is an EXT CAB but the specifications should be close -

truck specs -

2012 Silverado 1500 2WD EXT CAB LT (standard box)
VORTEC 5.3L V8
6-speed AT
locking rear diff
trailering package
heavy duty cooling
Z71 off road suspension
high capacity air cleaner
integrated trailer brake controller
18' aluminum wheels
on/off road tires
GVWR 6800 lbs
rear axle 3.42 ratio

CAT Scale weight with full fuel 5240 lbs

trailer specs -

Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) 5,425
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) 635
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) 7,500
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs) 2,075

Exterior Length 30' 11"

hitch -

Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System w/ 4-Point Sway Control - 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,000 lbs TW

CAT Scale shows I've towed with the the pickup loaded to the 6800 lbs GVWR but within the limits of both front & rear axles (primarily due to the 810 lbs tongue weight). The TT hasn't weighed more than 5660 lbs.

I've towed the White Hawk 2500 miles thus far and the IBC works as advertised and I'm pleased with the overall performance of the truck.

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Old 04-27-2012, 08:11 AM   #6
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owenssailer-- Have you looked into the Ford ecoboast? Larry
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:31 PM   #7
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I think I'd look for a better rear-end than the 3.42, maybe a 3.73 or higher.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:00 AM   #8
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I think I'd look for a better rear-end than the 3.42, maybe a 3.73 or higher.
With the 6sp transmissions, the 3.42 is sufficient on the 1500 truck.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:00 AM   #9
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I towed similar weights with a 1/2 ton, you will know the trailer is back there but you'll be totally fine. As others have suggested, make sure you take into account who and what will be riding in the truck. I have the GM integrated brake controller in my truck and it is the best I've ever used. Haven't had any issues whatsoever with the 'integrated sway control' and my hitch sway control.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:46 PM   #10
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Peter get the 6L instead of the 5.3... when towing you will be near the max of the 5.3 and mileage will suffer.. with the 6L you will have a little power left over and that will get you better mileage....
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