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Old 11-05-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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2014 Silverado/Sierra 1500

I am in the process of purchasing a 2014 Silverado. Has anyone picked one up yet and started towing with it? I am trading in a 2009 RAM 1500 HEMI, 5 spd auto with a 3.55. The new truck is the 5.3, 6 spd auto with a 3.42. Chevy site says its good for 9600lbs, which should be plenty since my RAM is shown to be good for 7450lbs and pulls the TT well. Just curious if anyone has any experience with this truck. Thanks!
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:38 AM   #2
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I, can only say , that if the salesman has said the truck will handle your trailer, " GET IT IN WRITING " on the sales agreement.
I'm basing this on a friend's experience with a 2012, 1500.
I told him to get a 2500, salesman said he didn't need a 3/4 ton, 1/2 ton will tow his trailer , after the second weekend and 5 transmission overheats, the dealership had to get him the 3/4 ton he wanted in the first place.
Turned out they were pushing the 1/2 tons because they were out of 3/4tons.
Also, you will have enough truck, if you decide to upgrade the trailer.
JMHO.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:34 PM   #3
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I would hook up your trailer to that truck before purchasing. Im thinking that rear axle ratio will not be enough unless you don't mind constant downshifts.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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Hi I have s 2014 Silverado 4 x 4 Crew Cab. I pull my 21' Flagstaff Mini Lite on flat roads Texas and La. It gets 10.6 mpg. It goes good. My trailer weighs about 4200 lbs. I had a Pilot 6 cylinder and in comparison this truck does really well, can cruise 70 and feels like nothing. Hwy wihtout a tow it gets 20 mpg no problem, and 17-18 around town.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:40 PM   #5
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I would hook up your trailer to that truck before purchasing. Im thinking that rear axle ratio will not be enough unless you don't mind constant downshifts.
I would get the 3.73 if its a 4 x 4. And try to get LT tires. P tires at 44 lbs does not impress me. To easy to cut and sway to much.

P Tires and 3.42 axles are for selling trucks as cars.

You need a truck to tow a trailer.
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I would get the 3.73 if its a 4 x 4. And try to get LT tires. P tires at 44 lbs does not impress me. To easy to cut and sway to much.

P Tires and 3.42 axles are for selling trucks as cars.

You need a truck to tow a trailer.
I was thinking the same thing. That ratio seems to high for good towing but not having driven the new platform yet it would be hard to say. However the HP and torque numbers on that truck are ok but I would have to say a lower ratio would be much better with little affect on unloaded MPG.
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The 3.42 and the 5.3LK are not the choice for a 9600# tow rating. For that much trailer, you should be looking at a 3/4 ton (2500 series) truck with a 3.73 or 4.10 axle if you really want to tow a trailer.

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Yes, according the GM, the 2014 is rated for up to a 9600# trailer assuming you have a 2WD with 3:42 gear; 4WD is rated for 9500#. The bigger question is how much does your TT weigh? You did not mentioned that. A 3:42 rear is a fairly tall gear for towing. Depending on the weight of your TT, I may tend to agree with the rest that a 2500 is a better choice.
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No way towing anything over 7000lbs with the 5.3 will be fun. I towed 7300lbs with a 2010 F150 5.4 (same power as a 5.3) 3.73 6sp with Max Tow and while it did okay on the flats, when I got to the mtns it was constantly shifting back and forth. It would pull 4-5% grades in 4th at 3400 rpms, which is the peak tq sweet spot. Which was fine, but when going theu the mtns it's never in the right gear and was always shifting. IMO not enough power since the gas pedal always had to be pushed harder it made it down shift a lot. Got 8.5 mpg towing in Oregon. I used an EQ 1000lb 4pt sway WD. Still got moved around on windy days. IMO anything over 6-7000lbs is too much for a 1/2 ton. Anyone that's says it's fine, probably hasn't towed with a 3/4 ton truck. After you move up to a 3/4 ton you will realize what the pro 3/4-1 ton guys are talking about.

That TT has to be close to 7500lbs loaded and at 33' long is a lot for a 1/2 ton. I would be looking at a 3/4 ton for sure. Tongue weight is probably near 1000lbs. Add in you're family and gear in the truck and it's very likely you're near max payload.
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The fast lane truck has been doing some comparison testing with the 5.3L and the new 6.2L engines in the 1500 trucks. IMO if you really are around 7,500lbs, i would get the 6.2L because you only lose 2mpg, but gain way more in power and torque. It'll have no problem towing your trailer.

Here's the link, watch the video.
Light Duty 0-60 MPH Matchup: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 6.2L - Solo and with Boat in Tow | TFLTruck.com: Truck News, Views & Reviews | The Fast Lane TruckTFLTruck.com: Truck News, Views & Reviews | The Fast Lane Truck

The problem with GM this year is that they are pricing themselves out of market. Their trucks this year are more expensive than last year and in order to get the 6.2L you must get the LTZ trim which is their most expensive.

The new 2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel is going to be offered on all trim levels, including the cheapest tradesman edition. For a regular cab you can get a diesel for just under $30k, for a double cab about $33k. The diesel makes full torque below 2000rpm and 7500lbs will sort of be on it's max limit. Read the review in the link below, but keep in mind they had the 3.55 rear end, i think a 3.92 is available:
2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Review: Towing and MPG Fuel Economy
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Totally agree on the point about GM pricing themselves out of the market. Only been doing some casual shopping as our current priority is to sell our house. But based on what I've seen so far, think a new F-150 will be the final choice, and mostly based on price. Too bad for GM and their line that it's the "newest and best, therefore worth more than any other truck". Worth a bit more perhaps....but many thousands more?

I don't think so!

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The F-150 based on price? I would get the F-150 based on frame, then engine. Go test drive the Eco-Boost F-150 and try real hard not to smile. Then know that you have the best 1/2 ton frame.

All the 1/2 ton trucks now are really nice. You can't go wrong and any of them. But that Eco-Boost engine tops my list of best 1/2 ton engines.
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Well, since I don't have a money tree growing in MY yard, price is important. LOL.

Around my neck of the woods we can get a comparably equipped F-150 rather than the new Chevy for around 5K less. I've driven and compared the new GM trucks and the Ford. I really do prefer the new GM's....

And, different strokes for different folks, but won't consider the EcoBoost package. Our current F-150 is 15 years old with nearly 200K miles, and still a strong running V-8! Don't plan on a big trailer so an 8 will do just fine.

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That new Chevy 1500 must really be something. I just saw Car & Driver test the F-150, Ram 1500, and the new Chevy. The Chevy was the winner, followed by Ford and only 1 point behind Ford was the Ram.

I owned a 2011 F-150 with the 5.0 litre engine for two years. I really liked that truck. Ford must be trying to keep their engines last a long time. The 5.0 litre engine had an 8 qt. oil capacity. Their were oil jets that sprayed oil on the under side of the piston to keep it cooler.

If you have a 15 year old F-150 you will really like the 2011 and newer F-150's. The 5.0 litre engine is way more powerful than the old 5.4 litre engine. Like I mentioned before the frame is the best. I drove mine 950 miles only stopping for fuel coupled with bathroom breaks and food to go and was comfortable and no fatigue. I planned to stop at 475 miles but felt good so just kept driving.

The 5.0 litre engine and 6speed tranny work well together.

In 2011 I also liked the Ram a lot. The 5.7 litre hemi engine is very powerful. But 0 - 60 it beats the Ford 5.0 litre by .1 seconds.

Ram 0 - 60 was 6.8 seconds. Ford F-150 0 - 60 time was 6.9 seconds. Fyi - the Eco-Boost time was 6.2 seconds. This was back in 2011.

Now at the end of 2013.

Chevy 0 - 60 time 6.7, Ram 7.1, Ford Eco-Boost 6.2.

I am surprised at how these trucks advanced from just 10 years ago.

Again - you will not be disappointed with any of the trucks.
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