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Old 07-08-2015, 02:42 PM   #1
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What could we upgrade to?

We have a 2006 Silverado 1500, 5.3L, but it only has the 3.23 back end (didn't understand what that meant until AFTER we bought it...and I know now). Have a Prodigy P3 brake controller, and a Pro WDH (10000# limit). We do not have sway controller bars.

We currently have a Jayco 16XRB hybrid TT. For now it's big enough with me, the wife, and two small boys. However...in the next couple of years, I'd like to find a slightly bigger TT.

We've looked at the X254, X23F, and 23MB. We don't pack much, and we wouldn't be boondocking anywhere for more than 24 hours (and that's if ever). We live in FL, and would like to travel up and down the midwest and the east coast. Top speed would be 60-65, depending on the sweet spot at the time on the road.

Would we be able to pull any of these reliably? Any other possible TT's? I want to keep the total trailer weight under 6000#.
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:59 PM   #2
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Have you considered the 19BH? Or is that too small?
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:02 PM   #3
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2WD of 4WD? If it's 2WD, I'd consider a gear swap. There's a lot to be said for a paid for vehicle. If this is an option then just go to 4.10s right away.

If it's 4WD, a gear swap isn't practical because more than just the rear end needs to be changed out.

Also, and more importantly is to pay attention to your payload.
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:08 PM   #4
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2WD. What would it cost to upgrade, and would it be worth the cost to do so?

The 19BH is too small. I'm 6'1", and I have to sleep diagonally on my bunk (or at the very edge where my feet hang over the corners of the ledge).

I just checked Jayco, and they just released their 2016 models today (so new there aren't weights on them). There's now a 22BHM that looks nice. I want to stay at the 21-24' range, something my boys can grow into over the next 7-10 years. We're upside down on our little 16XRB, so I want to make sure whatever we trade up to is "worth it" for the long haul.
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:23 PM   #5
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2WD. What would it cost to upgrade, and would it be worth the cost to do so?
Not sure, but I don't think it would be more than a few hundred bucks. Yes, I think it would be well worth it provided the rest of the truck can handle it., i.e. cooling system, payload, tongue weight. But I think you'll be in most areas.

Like I said, your payload may be the limiting factor. Look at the weight sticker in your driver's door. It'll list the payload. If it's in the 1500+ range, you'll most likely be fine. If it's like a lot of the older style GMs, it may only be 1200#.
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:46 PM   #6
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...Look at the weight sticker in your driver's door. It'll list the payload. If it's in the 1500+ range, you'll most likely be fine. If it's like a lot of the older style GMs, it may only be 1200#.
"Cargo and occupants should never weight more than 1825lbs."

Just saw the new 2016 19BH...made us do a double-take too.
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:51 PM   #7
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Figure ring and pinion plus bearings and installation kit around $4-500 and installation by a competent guy who knows how to set up gears properly another $4-500 plus whatever the dealer charges to re-program PCM to make it aware of the new ration.
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"Cargo and occupants should never weight more than 1825lbs."

Just saw the new 2016 19BH...made us do a double-take too.
That's nice and hefty!

The 19BH, double take in a good way or bad?

Regarding the cost of the gear change, I appreciate 33 RLDS's input. Even $500 would be worth it. Like I said above, it beats a payment!
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:36 PM   #9
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Around a thousand but I wouldn't put 4:10 gearing in a half ton I would go with at the most 3:73 it's a half ton you would loose a lot of fuel economy when you are empty and you will be running a lot higher rpm.
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If you consider upgrading your TV ... here are my (as DW) observations. When we got our 2007 GMC, we got the crew cab and IMHO, inside it felt (and drove) like a sedan with a big useful trunk (thanks to the lid and bed rug). With our new TT, and in anticipation of cross-country trips, we upgraded the TV to a 2015 diesel crew cab (see signature) that can handle anything and again IMHO, the interior is even more luxurious and spacious than our last truck! I feel safe and pampered and really love the ride!
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