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Old 06-06-2008, 08:24 AM   #1
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I have a 2004 gmc 1500 series with z71 package and I am looking at a 25ft tahoe lite 5er.It weighs 4300# dry.My truck has 4x4 and a 4.8l engine .Anybody with similar hookups and does it work?Thanks, I'm new to this.
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:24 AM   #2
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I have a 2004 gmc 1500 series with z71 package and I am looking at a 25ft tahoe lite 5er.It weighs 4300# dry.My truck has 4x4 and a 4.8l engine .Anybody with similar hookups and does it work?Thanks, I'm new to this.
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:41 AM   #3
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I towed a 24ft fiver with a 1/2 ton 4x4,weight was about the same as your looking at.It worked ok but I believe that a 3/4 ton truck FEELS better.If you have trailer package(heavy cooling etc.)you should be fine-just don't overload the trailer.
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:02 AM   #4
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Thanks RichR. I really like the trailer but I don't want to make a purchase that I won't be comfortable towing.It will be the biggest setup I ever had.
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:07 PM   #5
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I've decided against the fifth wheel purchase.It may be borderline weight issue and I don't want to be stuck with something i'll regret.With the price of fuel and all I think I'll stick to our cabin for this summer.
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Old 06-06-2008, 05:13 PM   #6
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With the 4.8L, I'd look for a bumper pull travel trailer (TT). And I'd want the 4.10 axle as a minimum.

Pulling a TT you will see mpg number around 7 to maybe 9 mpg. You might want to look at pop ups to help on the MPG.

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Ryaner,
I had a 2000 GMC Z71 w/ the 4.8L and it did fine towing a 25ft ultra lite Rockwood TT. We traded that on a 28ft TT that weighed 5600 empty and had to keep it in 3rd to maintain speed. With the added wind resistance of a 5er, I think you would be disappointed. With a lightweight TT, you would be fine.
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I had a 99 GMC Z71 with the 5.3 engine. I towed a 30 Trail Lite. It did ok but when I traded it in on a 03 diesel it was a different world towing.
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When *was* the last time you saw someone pulling a TT off their bumper? Just curious.
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Use this weight calculator
to safely and accurately match your pickup to a trailer. Note-never use the dry weight/uvw, when matching a tow vehicle to a trailer. You are never going to pull it while camping at that weight.Use only the trailer GVW, as that calculator states.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Juggler:
When *was* the last time you saw someone pulling a TT off their bumper? Just curious. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That is just a figure of speach. i think we all know that the TT is hooked to a receiver connected to the frame. Although I have seen some folks towing a small trailer with brush to the dump using a ball on the bumper
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