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Old 12-09-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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2011 2500 Silverado 4x4 Towing Weight

I have a 2011 Chevy 2500 4x4 with a 3.73 rearend. It puts me at 9500lbs towing max. Does anyone pull anything with the same truck type and the trailer is above the capacity? We found a 5th wheel that weighs 9680lbs dry and it's our favorite trailer.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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well, if it was just a little bit, some would say it's OK.

but with propane, batteries, all your stuff, you are going to end up around 10,500 to over 11,000 lbs. that is WAY over your capacity, so I wouldn't recommend it.

one option would be to look into replacing your rear end to a 4.10. that would up your capacity to 14,000 lbs. that would not exactly be cheap, but maybe cheaper than a different truck.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:04 PM   #3
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Your 2500 is limited by the cooling capacity of the gas engine. If you tow to heavy it will be hard on tranny also. Its your call and be ready to move to a diesel.
That's why almost new gas Models end up on dealers lots.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:48 PM   #4
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The 2500 won't have any issue carrying the pin weight from that size 5er wet or dry weight.

Your issues is the 9700 lb dry weight trailer may be closer to 11000 lbs after loading. Thats 1500 lbs over GM 9400 lb tow capacity recommendation.

IMO thats a lot of weight for a smallblock gas engine to pull. I don't think you would like the slow performance on any size hill or pushing against a head wind with that size trailer. Your call though as you may have all flat land and a short drive.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:02 AM   #5
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Thanks. I have a call into my dealer. The truck is still under warranty so I was asking the cost and if they would honor the remainder of my warranty. Have you any idea the cost that would be associated with changing it out?
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:21 AM   #6
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Probably around 2K to swap in a good limited slip gear set. To pull what you are wanting to do, I wouldn't waste my time or money for the 4.10 ratio though. It would be 4.56 or nothing. JMHO though
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:14 PM   #7
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I pulled 10,000 lb TT with my Chev 2500 w/4:10. Pulled it...... but reved high all the time making the experience less than desireable. Did not pull in the mountains and I think it would really struggle there....but would do it. If fuel performance is not an issue I would go with an even lower ratio. In the end I don't think you will be happy either way at this weight.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:19 PM   #8
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Like I stated before heat will still be a problem after changing Rev by 10%.
You will need the bigger V8 or Diesel.
The thermostat on a 5.7 has a hole more then 5 times smaller area the Diesel.
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Like I stated before heat will still be a problem after changing Rev by 10%.
You will need the bigger V8 or Diesel.
The thermostat on a 5.7 has a hole more then 5 times smaller area the Diesel.
He obviously has the 6.2 liter V8. The 5.3L engine is in the 1500.
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Could he have the 6.0 liter? The 6.2 engines run like a scared rabbit! Too bad he don't have the 8.1.
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Three choices here,
-upgrade the rear axle ration and plan to spend a lot of $$$$ on fuel.
-Look for a smaller trailer.
-Look for a larger truck.

The dry weight is useless for all practical purposes. Dry weight is a base weight and does not include any options that are listed in the sales literature as an option...A/C, microwave, TV, awning, batteries, etc. Then you add your cargo, fill the propane tanks, add some water, food, fishing and camping gear and you will be 1000 to 1500# over the dry weight.

Now the "towing capacity" is another fictions number. It is an inflated number based on a base model truck, no cargo, only a 150# driver, no other passengers, no options or accessories and no hitch. With a real world truck, you towing capacity can be 500 to 1000# less than the "Towing rating".

So you can easily be 2000# over what the truck can really tow within ratings.

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I have friend with a 2500 and 6.0L and both exhaust manifolds cracked towing a 30ft TT without slides.
I towed a 12k 5th wheel 9 years with a 6.5L diesel rated at 8700lbs trailer. With no issues.
The truck will tow OK but gas is the problem never told at purchase.
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Chevy rates its gas powered 2500HD trucks tow capacity 25% higher with the 4.10 gears versus the 3.73. You have three options, change the gears, get another truck, or pick a lighter trailer. Price out the gear change as that will be beneficial with whatever trailer you get.

I would go to an independent garage that does differential repairs and get them to quote you on the work. The parts should be less than $500 but no idea what the labor cost will be. Figure $1000 for the change and the good part is with a new truck you will get a lot of use out of the $1000.
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Chevy rates its gas powered 2500HD trucks tow capacity 25% higher with the 4.10 gears versus the 3.73. You have three options, change the gears, get another truck, or pick a lighter trailer. Price out the gear change as that will be beneficial with whatever trailer you get.

I would go to an independent garage that does differential repairs and get them to quote you on the work. The parts should be less than $500 but no idea what the labor cost will be. Figure $1000 for the change and the good part is with a new truck you will get a lot of use out of the $1000.
The op has a 4X4 so it is at least $1000 front and rear. I did my wrangler last spring. Used Yukon gears and put a eaton elocker in the front. Back had limited slip. Lube locker gaskets, aluminum finned cooling covers, Mobil one 75-140 synthetic and I had right at $4k in it. Went from 3.73 to 4.88 and I love it. The op needs to at least go to 4.56 or he is just blowing money. 4.10 or 4.56 same money so you might as well get your money's worth. JMHO
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