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Old 02-24-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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? about my tow vehicle

I have a 2011 Chevy 2500HD CC SB 4x4 6.0l with 3.73 gears. The tow rating is 9400#. I am looking at a Jay Flight 32bhds which has a GVWR of 10200#. I live in North Central PA which is hilly. I hope to have a trailer weight around the 9400# I can tow but will not find out until I get the trailer. This puts my truck at the max.
I am wondering if anybody else out there has a similar setup and if you can give me some feed back on how the truck handles it. I have researched 4.10 gears and that ups my towing to 13,000#. If need be I can swap out but don't want to hurt my fuel mileage when I am not towing. Any info is appreciated.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:31 PM   #2
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I have a 32BHDS that weighed 8,300lbs from the factory. I stopped at a Cat scale last summer on one of our trips and it weighed in at 9,600lbs loaded. We have our trailer loaded pretty heavy, so I'm sure that you could shave some of that off and be down to 9,400lbs, which will be right at your tow rating.

Personally, I would hook the truck up and see how she does before making any changes. Re-gearing both diffs in your truck will be $2,000+, so I wouldn't do anything until you've towed a couple of times. If you're itching for more power, then you can think about re-gearing. Does your truck have a 6speed, or 5 speed transmission? Either way, I think the truck will pull it ok... lower gears will definitely help, but may not be worth the trade off when you are not towing.

FYI, I'd be more concerned with tongue weight than the overall weight of the trailer. Just make sure that you don't go over the rear GAWR and you should be good to go. My tongue weight at the scale (with trailer loaded for a 3 day trip) was 1,280lbs and well within my limits and should be within yours as well.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:40 PM   #3
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Thanks A&M for the response
I planned on towing the trailer at least one season to see how the truck does before I thought about doing anything. I have a 6 speed auto transmission. I plan on getting a Reese Strait-Line HP Dual cam WD hitch in the 1500lb rating to handle the high tongue weight of the 32bhds. My hitch on the truck is rated to 15,000/1500lb so I am okay there.
I had a 2005 2500hd with the 6.0l with 4.10 gears. This new 2011 feels as strong or stronger because of the 6 speed and increased power of the new 6.0l engine. I just want to be sure I am not stressing the truck with the 3.73 since I plan on having this one quite a while.
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Yeah, you used to not be able to get 3.73 gears in the 2500, but with the new 6 speed auto, I'm betting that your pulling power is at least equal (if not greater) than with the old 4 speed and 4.10s.

Good call on the 1,500lb WD setup. I have a 1,200lb version and will probably be upgrading the bars before the summer starts.

You will love the 32BHDS, by the way. We have not had any complaints at all after the first year. I do wish they offered it with a front A/C (and 50amp service), but I may end up adding a second A/C myself to solve that problem. Being in PA, you shouldn't have an issue with any of that.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:11 PM   #5
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I just heard from the bank and I am cleared to order a new 32 bhds!
I am sure my family will love it. The last 3 years we have had a 25 foot 5th wheel that was pretty cramped last year with 2 adults, a 6 year old, and a 3 year old. The 5er did not have any air conditioning so one are conditioner will feel like heaven for us.
A&M - is your Ford TV a gas or diesel? If gas 5.4 or V10- how does it haul the 32? How hard is it to get it maneuvered into a site?
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:23 PM   #6
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Eric2500hd,

I concur with TexasA&M's feedback and insight on towing the 32BHDS. I also believe that your 2011 2500HD will have a little more "guts" for towing than my '02' 2500HD, which will come in handy towing the hills of PA..

Yep, the 32BHDS can be a heavy TT depending on your loading habits, and has the capability of exceeding even one or more of the 2500HD's weight limits.

As TexasA&M mentioned, watch your rear GAWR, the TV's GVWR, and payload capacity. Here is a little insight on manufactures published tow ratings: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=3866

When you get your first opportunity, take your "loaded" TV/TT combination to a CAT scale, the scale weight certificates will provide you with a wealth of information, especially confirming that your WDH is adjusted correctly: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=3871

Enjoy the new TT!

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You're not going to be towing in 6th gear anyway. Probably manually selecting 5th gear. Direct drive (high gear) is still 4th gear. 5th and 6th gears are both overdrive gears. At speeds less than 55 mph, I tow in 4th gear. It results in more power, higher cooling fan speeds, and faster water pump speed.
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I have a 2011 Chevy 2500HD CC SB 4x4 6.0l with 3.73 gears. The tow rating is 9400#. I am looking at a Jay Flight 32bhds which has a GVWR of 10200#. ...
You'll be fine.

The dry weight is 7700 lbs. I doubt you'll add 1700 lbs of gear and "stuff" and if you do, it won't exceed it by much.

You'd have to collect boulders to max out the trailers GVWR. It has an impressive 2500 lb CC.
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A&M - is your Ford TV a gas or diesel? If gas 5.4 or V10- how does it haul the 32? How hard is it to get it maneuvered into a site?
It's a diesel and tows the load well. You definitely know that it is back there, even more so on windy days. We have had a few tight spots, but haven't been anywhere that we couldn't squeeze into yet.
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snip........The dry weight is 7700 lbs. I doubt you'll add 1700 lbs of gear and "stuff" and if you do, it won't exceed it by much.....snip
drfife,

Your correct on the dry weight of 7,700lbs on the 2012 model, but the "ship weight" may represent another 400lbs on top of the dry weight (UVW) based on TexasA&M's 2011 model's published UVW and ship weight figures.

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