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Old 11-19-2015, 10:23 AM   #1
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Dinghy Towing

I am new to towing and was wanting some input from experienced folks!
We have a 2002 TS 38DS02, Cummins 350 Turbo Diesel.
I have been looking at toads, however I really do not want a third vehicle to maintain, plate, insure, etc.

I realized my 2009 Chevy Silverado , crew cab, 4 wheel drive is towable.
It weighs close to 4800 lbs. Does anyone out there tow anything this heavy with
the 350 Cummins Turbo. Do you think its up to the task? I dont want to have the Silverado rigged and then have issues. I suppose if we have problems in mountainous areas we could disconnect and someone could drive the toad.
Any input would be appreciated!

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Old 11-19-2015, 10:36 AM   #2
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I tow the same vehicle, never know its back there. The only thing I notice is that acceleration is a bit slower.


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Old 11-19-2015, 10:38 AM   #3
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Also, I have pulled mine all over the inter mountain west. Yes, I may be a bit slower pulling that not, but nothing the Cummins can't handle.


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Old 11-19-2015, 10:58 AM   #4
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We have a similar RV to yours. We pull a Nissan Frontier with no problems. It weighs about 4800# as towed (measured via a truck scale), which is much heavier than the published curb weight. Towing the truck has little impact on climbing hills or fuel economy. I'd expect your Silverado to be close to or over 5000# as towed.

The issue to look into is the capacity of your tow bar and hitch. Our Spartan chassis is rated to pull 10,000#. The factory hitch that was placed on our RV is only rated for 5000#. It seems weird to do that, but that's what we have. Others have changed their hitches to take full advantage of the available towing capacity.
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Thank you! So what horsepower is your coach?
Also, besides making sure your Silverado is in neutral, do you tow it in the park position. Pull any fuse, etc, the manual does not say!
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Our TS is a 2002 38KS01 on a Spartan Mountain Master chassis with a Cummins ISC350 engine in it, so 350HP. We have traveled WV, VA, PA, NY, and New England area mountains without any power/speed issues with the truck in tow. I'd expect you will have no issues as well.

In order to tow our 2008 Nissan Frontier, it has to have a manual transmission. It is a 4x4 crew cab, long box model. Although it has a transfer case, it does not have a transfer case neutral position. All I have to do is place the transmission in neutral, place a dummy key in the ignition to unlock the steering. No fuse issues to deal with.
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No mention of a brake system...make sure you look intpo that.
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The M and G system works great with the Silverado.


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