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Old 08-08-2019, 07:18 PM   #1
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I'm new to the forum and the camping world. An im looking for advice. I have a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain. 5.3L V-8 Ecotec3, GVWR 7200 Payload 1650, 3.42 rear axle(9,200 is the max tow). I was hoping someone out there is hauling a travel trailer with my same set up or something similar to see how it handles. I was looking to get a bunkhouse. Suggestions?
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I'm new to the forum and the camping world. An im looking for advice. I have a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain. 5.3L V-8 Ecotec3, GVWR 7200 Payload 1650, 3.42 rear axle(9,200 is the max tow). I was hoping someone out there is hauling a travel trailer with my same set up or something similar to see how it handles. I was looking to get a bunkhouse. Suggestions?
I tow a 2019 coleman lantern 202rd. Gvwr of trailer is 7600, we are xloser to 6....i have the 2013 model of your truck with the same drivetrain. It handles fine but is at the upper limit of what I would say is the trucks capacity. It is a huge wall behind you that you habe to pull and it does not like highway speeds. Ours is 25' long, no issues there, but watch your weight. I wouldnt go much over 6000lbs with it. Just my 2c
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I agree to try to keep to 6,000lbs. Especially if you are planning on towing on any highway. Back roads are a lot easier to tow on since you travel at slower speeds. As you increase speed the truck has more trouble controlling the trailer.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:25 AM   #4
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I will add the tow rating of 9,200 lbs is some other type of trailer, not a travel trailer. So for a travel trailer that 9,200lbs is bogus.

For example a flat bed trailer loaded with bricks will tow different than a travel trailer. A travel trailer has high flat sides, a flat back, and not really an areodynamic front. A travel trailer is probably the worse type of trailer to tow. Even a boat or cargo trailer would be easier to tow.

When towing a travel trailer you will be affected by the wind and the air around tractor trailers. You will notice when a tractor trailer passes you.
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Theres a wheelbase to trailer length calculator somewhere. Youll want to mind that and your axle weight ratings. Short wheelbases dont like long trailers.
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I had a '17 gmc sierra 4x4 ccsb with 5.3 and 3.42 like you have and pulled my 28' 6000# travel trailer with it. it worked hard but did the job. the 6 spd tranny and smaller v8 was just not that good a setup for that trailer so I would say 6000# would be the upper limit for trailer shopping unless you dont pull very far and dont mind cruising at 60-65..those are great trucks and I liked mine a lot but traded it for the "19 ram with 40 more hp, an 8 spd tranny and 3.92 gears and 33 gal. tank..much better fit for the trailer I have. just shop wisely and dbl check whatever the rv salesman tells you you can tow. The trailer we have is rated at 7000# max but weighs a little under 6000# when we travel and 560# on the hitch.
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Help please. I am running into something similar to previous person asking. Currently got 2018 GMC denali duramax short bed truck paired with TT 2015 Palomino Solaire Ultra Lite 318TSBHK and 7125 UVW. Looking at 5th wheel which is 2016 KZ Durango 346BHQ with UVW 11,270, hitch 2,090 and GVWR 13,400. Will this setup work to upgrade to 5th wheel or any thoughts/feedback will be appreciated. Thanks!
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Youd be better off to start a new thread and include your model and axle ratings. Im sure someone will also ask your gvwr, payload, and gcvwr rating too even though those arent really relevant.
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you shouldn't have any problems. I tow this 27' at about 6500# give or take a few hundred pounds. it tows perfect. I believe your GMC has about 40 more hp than mine ( 2010 ) they did an upgrade somewhere along your time. I pay special attention to my hook up and tire pressures and loading weight. this all makes a combination that tows real nice on freeways or secondary roads I travel 65- 70 mph I mostly like to keep it around 65. as for power i'm not lacking, I can go up any hill, mountain pass at 60-65 easy. motor runs about 4000rpms at just over 60 and pulls like a freight train on mountain pass's I will add that if your trying to tow something over 7000# you might feel it. I do know that 6500#tows easy.
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