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Old 02-21-2015, 07:45 AM   #1
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choosing a tow vehicle

Hi, we had a 34ft class A MH that we had nothing but trouble with,between
break downs on hwy tow bills and stress ,It caught fire twice. but any way my wife and I decided to trade for a T T something to pull behind pickup.
any ways we got a great deal on a 2015 Jay flight 27RLS last October that we love. the problum is out dealer never asked what I had for a TV and I didn't do my home work and wanted that M H GONE so we bought a T T to heavy for our truck.now I cant afford a new 2500 series truck right now and I have a 2013 Silverado 5.3 wit the 3:42 gears what should I do?
Doe's any body tow with a 1500 silverado with a 5.3 and 3:73 gears and how does it do. I can get a decent deal on the Silverado wit 3:73 gears
or take my chances .with the 3:42 gears this year till I can afford a 2500
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:11 AM   #2
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The 5.3 with 3.42 gears should tow over 9,000 lbs:

http://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam...0eBrochure.pdf

How heavy is your TT?
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:17 AM   #3
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It seems like the cost of a 2500 is not much more than a 1500 as long as you are looking at a gasser and not a diesel. If I was going to stay with a 1/2 ton truck I would seriously consider the ford Eco-Boosts. I think they are great trucks.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:15 AM   #4
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Your trailer is probably @ 7000 lbs dry and has a max gvw of @ 9200 lbs. why push the envelope with a 1500... IMO I would be looking for a 2500..then you won't have troubles like you did with your MH
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:23 AM   #5
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Buy a nice weight distributing hitch, take it easy and your 1500 should tow it fine. It's amazing that people we American's have to have nothing smaller than a 3500 to tow a pop up...
The Europeans and Australians tow massive TT with sedans!
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:25 AM   #6
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I pulled trailers like yours with less truck than you have now. Yes its better to have more truck than you need but you can tow your camper. Just slow down, its not a race.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:36 AM   #7
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I had an 05 Silverado, 5.3, 4:10 axle. We pulled a Jayco 242, 24', 5000# dry weight.
We made two trips out West, about 7k miles each time. Last year we went to Yellowstone. My fear was the mountains out there. When we got to a grade, I found a truck or someone else going my speed, fell in behind them and motored on. On mot long grades, I was at about 45mph and 3000rpm. But there were a lot of others right there with me. I tried not to let the rpm go over 3500. The truck had a tow rating of 8700#. I wouldn't have wanted to have had thet much weight behind me going over some of the grades we encountered. But, the truck did fine, all in all.
I know some people are pulling a lot more with a 5.3.
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:01 AM   #8
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choosing a tow vehicle

A good used diesel 2500 will last you many years and you let someone else take the new vehicle hit. Not to mention, you could find one that wasn't ruined by DEF/DPF.

I was towing mine trailer with a big tow Titan, and it was not enough truck. It was definitely tail wagging the dog.

That said, you are under your rating(depending on payload and loading). If you take it slow and easy, you should be fine.
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:31 AM   #9
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………….. It was definitely tail wagging the dog.

I guess a lot of us are guilty of that. We bought our first TT "THinking" that our tow vehicle was enough. Wasn't so upgraded to another truck. Then, upgraded to another trailer. This time, we found the unit we thought we would settle on for a number of years to come, added in a little margin, THEN bought the tow vehicle. Hopefully this will suffice for years to come. (or until we see something we like better, of course!!)
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A 2500/250 is the best option, but I understand finances dictate a lot. I would really work on getting a 2500, even if it's a bit older.

As far as the 3:73 vs 3:42, my question is what year is the 1500 5.3 3:73 you are looking at? In the older 4speed transmissions, 2006 and older, it would be essentially the same as a newer 6 speed 3:42. The extra 2 gears in a later model truck make that 3:42 perform essentially the same as older 3:73.

The real issue I think you have is payload capacity. That can't be fixed in a 1500/150, with the exception of maybe a new ford F150 ecoboost with both max tow and max cargo option. Finding those used is a bit like finding a unicorn.
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