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Old 02-08-2018, 04:33 AM   #1
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1500 towing 6700 GVW

I have:
2014 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab 1500 LTZ 5.3L V8 3.42
Towing capacity is 9,600 lbs
GVWR is 7,200 lbs
GAWR front & rear is 3,950 lbs
Extra people & cargo can't exceed 1,552 lbs
GCWR is 15,000 lbs

I'm figuring 600 lbs of people & cargo.

I'm looking into a TT that is:
34' long
Dry weight is 6,700 lbs
GVWR is 8,200 lbs
Dry Hitch weight is 825 lbs

I'm figuring 1,000 lbs max. of cargo (so figuring 7,700 lbs to trailer weight)

A little info:
I live in florida so it's all flat land. I don't ever plan to drive through the hills or mountains. I know my truck can't do that. Thinking we'll be driving no further than 200 max. from home on most trips. Maybe once a year go a little further. I don't plan to get anywhere quick, I'll more likely be driving about 60 mph or so. I want my truck to last for a long time & don't want to kill it.
I plan on installing Z23 power stop brakes with rotors and Air Lift Loadlifter 5000. I'll be also keeping an eye on my transmission temp & if seems to struggle I don't mind installing a rear differential cover with cooling fins. Also for WDH I'm thinking on going with the 4-point equalizer, but also considering the Hensley Arrow.

I just want to check with everyone & double check my numbers to make sure my truck can pull it safety & not kill it. Any recommendations or things I should think about to add or remove or whatever. Anything advise will help. Thank you.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:04 AM   #2
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1500 towing 6700 gvw

We have 2013 gmc with same setup. 9600 lbs is a factious number. Truck will major struggle to pull it and probably self destruct. We are pulling a tt of about 5000 lbs gross and truck does fine.. My rule of thumb is no more than 6000 lbs of factory gross tow rating to be safe.. Would no way would i consider towing your weights with a 1/2 ton truck, too dangerous.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:32 AM   #3
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That is a big trailer. Too big to be towing on I95 with a little 1/2 ton truck. Also too big to be towing on I75 and I10. Traveling on those roads at 60 mph is dangerous.

But Florida has a lot of other roads to travel on. You can tow on US 1, A1A, RT 301, Rt 40, and Rt 44 and be ok where speeds are 45 - 55 mph. You can get anywhere you want to go pretty much using back roads. Plus there are a ton of camp grounds. Interior of Florida has all the clear water springs and to splurge you can camp right off A1A along the ocean. I like both coasts of Florida. The Crystal River area will have lots of manatee in the winter and a few dolphin. Great kayaking in central and western Florida. As you know the east coast of Florida has the ICW and ocean.

Your rig will look funny, big trailer little truck but under 60mph on back roads I think you will be ok.
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Old 02-08-2018, 06:48 AM   #4
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what cherv says. I have 2017 gmc 1500 5.3 4x4 with the 3.42. my trailer is 28' from tip to tip and weighs a little over 5000# when on the road..the 5.3 just seems to be maxed out most of the time. I keep it just under 70 and get 10-11 mpg but the motor revs to 3000 on just about any grade. pulls straight and has plenty of stopping power but I wish I had the 6.2 v8 or 3.73 gears..
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:24 AM   #5
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Hi, we tow/haul full time. 5.3l is a high rpm engine, 3000+ rpms not an issue. Better to run high rpms than lug it..transmission never gets above 200degrees and typically is around 175/185..
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Old 02-08-2018, 11:53 AM   #6
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You need to lose 10' and 2000 pounds.
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Old 02-08-2018, 01:31 PM   #7
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I had that exact same setup for a year and a half before switching to an F250 Diesel. Like you I live in Florida and towed it all around the state. Also towed it up to Savannah and Pine Mountain (GA) so I have some miles on that setup. Feel free to PM me if you want more information.
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Gotta also take into consideration aspects of towing other than "Can I roll down the Interstate at 60mph". What about when you are trying to pull out of a gas station on a busy road or merge into heavy traffic on the freeway? Adding better brake components is a good step, but I feel you will still get pushed around by that load quite a bit. Personally, I think you might be biting off more than that Chevy can chew. Need more truck or less RV.
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What tranny is in that truck? If it's the 4L60E 4 speed, I would be concerned. I'm not crazy about the 3.42 rear end either for towing.

I'm a numbers guy too, and without a scale weight with your intended passengers and load in the truck, how do you come by a "tow rating"? Just a max number on a pamphlet? GCWR minus this scale weight = your actual tow rating.

Run the numbers, and rate your options. Hopefully, you will find a good option to work for you so you can get on the road and do some camping. Good luck to you!
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I've towed with 1/2 ton Silverados for years in Florida; current one is a 2008 with a 5.3 liter and 3.73 rear with towing package. Last TT was 29'/7700 GVWR which I stayed at least 1000# under. Towing a 34', 6700# dry weight trailer with a 3.43 rear is a non-starter as far as I am concerned. That's my experienced opinion.
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You guys don't think towing on secondary roads at 45 - 55mph would be ok? The OP says 200 miles max towing. That does not get him out of flat Floridia. I still think it is doable as long as he stays off the freeways. Pulling that big trailer on the highways I agree, would be a disaster waiting to happen.
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I've towed with 1/2 ton Silverados for years in Florida; current one is a 2008 with a 5.3 liter and 3.73 rear with towing package. Last TT was 29'/7700 GVWR which I stayed at least 1000# under. Towing a 34', 6700# dry weight trailer with a 3.43 rear is a non-starter as far as I am concerned. That's my experienced opinion.

that 3.73 rear end makes a nice differance
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Thanks for opinions, it does help. Would a Hensley arrow WDH be a major plus to have? I understand this setup is pushing its limits.
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A better hitch is not going to add mass when that giant sail behind you gets hit with a hard gust of wind. More than the weight, the length of the trailer is too much for that truck.

You know at some point time will be a factor and the freeway will be chosen over secondary roads, which have their own problems with folks pulling out right in front of you etc.
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