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Old 07-09-2015, 09:41 AM   #11
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Not looking to get new TV. I'm new to the idea of re-gearing (no idea where to go, etc), but I understand what it would bring (pros and cons). Right now, I'm going to approach this as if we don't change the TV's current capabilities.

I'm hoping that if we keep the total TT weight (with whatever we pack in it) to 6000lbs or less, that we'll be able to tow even up the eastern coast or highways over the hills in TN/KY. I don't mind going slower for that, as long as my TV can handle it.

Right now, our forward thinking between the X23F, X254 (and maybe others) comes down to this... do we want everything enclosed (no tents, faster and easier setup), or do we want more room (and longer setup, more maintenance).

Just want to make sure our current truck could tow either of those and if I had wiggle room.

I plugged my numbers into a spreadsheet from one of the other threads and it looks like I could go up to 6250# and be at 87%. That tells me I want to stay at that or lower, preferably 5750-6000lbs. Where we would be camping, we'd buy stuff when we arrive as opposed to packing a lot.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:15 AM   #12
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I had a 2007 1500 with nearly the same specs (5.3, CC, 2WD, 4 speed, 3.42 gear) and hated the way it towed our 26BH. I cannot give the the exact specs on the loaded 26BH weight but suspect it was close to 6k lbs. The combination on that truck was fine of open, flat roads but felt inadequate in the rolling hills we have in Missouri. The 4 speed was constantly shifting gears or I would have to manually shift to keep the RPMs up.

If you want to keep your truck, call a few trusted mechanics and get the price on a gear swap. A complete axle swap from a donor truck with the right gears may also be an option. A ring and pinion swap is complicated and only a few shops in your area will have the knowledge and tools to do it.
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Old 07-09-2015, 03:02 PM   #13
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+1.....

I would go to an autowrecker and price out a complete axle. Easy to swap that out yourself if you are handy.

Or just get the new trailer and if you feel lower gearing would help out do it then.

Your truck should be fine for any of the trailers you are looking at.
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If you want to keep your truck, call a few trusted mechanics and get the price on a gear swap. A complete axle swap from a donor truck with the right gears may also be an option. A ring and pinion swap is complicated and only a few shops in your area will have the knowledge and tools to do it.
A ring and pinion is NOT complicated for any journeyman mechanic, it might be for a parts replacer. Check with the local dealer he's likely got the parts in stock.

I have a 2002 GMC with the same set up and pulled a 4800LB 24ft 5th wheel. OK on the flats but will die on a grade. Bought a second truck w/ the diesel and keep up sizing trailers.
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Old 07-10-2015, 03:37 PM   #15
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Buy what you need (I would say X254 but I'm biased), test your truck with it and then decide if you need to modify your TV.
It may well be that for your application and personality, your car is ok....
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