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Old 07-29-2013, 07:34 AM   #1
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New to fifth wheels - and a towing question (of course!)

I'm getting my Uncle's 2000 Jayco Designer 3230, which weighs around 8800 dry. I'm thinking it will be up around 10,000 pounds as I will be traveling down the road.

I plan to tow it with a 2007 Silverado 2500HD with a 6.0 Vortec engine, X16R 6 speed automatic transmission with factory cooler, and 3.73 rear end. There is an additional small cooler, which I believe is an oil cooler. I just had a Curt 16K fifth wheel hitch installed with a brake controller.

Do you guys think it will tow ok? Mostly I'll be in FL and southern AL. I may occasionally go up into the mountains though.

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Old 07-29-2013, 07:36 AM   #2
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I should also add that I camped for a year in a 32' travel trailer. I'm new to 5ers but not to camping in an RV.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:39 AM   #3
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I just had a Curt 16K fifth wheel hitch installed with a brake controller.

Do you guys think it will tow ok?
I think you will be pleased with the combo. Enjoy!
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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The 6.0 is a strong engine and with the 3.73 rear diff, it makes a great combo. Only thing you will not like is the fuel mileage but you will have plenty of power to pull the 5th wheel.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:54 PM   #5
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Welcome to JOF

My 2002 2500HD 6.0L/4.10 tows my loaded 8,400lb TT just fine on the flats and hills, but the 6.0L will scream a little like most Vortec's do when under load in the mountains.... but gets the job done, and your 6-speed tranny will work to your advantage over my 4-speed.

If your into watching your TV's weight limits ........, you may find reaching your 2500HD's GCWR with a 10,000lb loaded FW very realistic...., but your loaded pin weight should be fine with the 2500HD's payload capacity (figuring 20% of FW loaded weight).

Travel safe and enjoy your FW.

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Wish I had a 2500! I'm towing my 5'er with a 5.3L 1500! I dare not say how much weight I'm towing and actually I don't want to know myself!Lol! My next TV will be a 2500 or a 3500 with a Duramax and an Allison, then I'll be able to tow anywhere over any terrain.
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