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Old 03-28-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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Anybody towing a 5ver with a Duramax?

Stumbled across a 2005 Chev 2500 HD Duramax, 4x4 Longbed, with a 5th wheel hitch. 69k miles. We are looking at a 9,000 lb 5th wheel trailer. Does anybody have experience with this rig? Any thoughts on fuel consumption, pulling power, and/or reliability?

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Old 03-28-2013, 03:12 PM   #2
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Check your gross vehicle combined weight and vehicle payload weight. The pin is 15% or so of 9,000 then add in weight in truck, passengers and weight in trailer (which adds to pin weight). You might be over. I use a 3500 with DRW.

You are in the TT forum, BTW.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:32 PM   #3
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Do a search for a Duramax forum. Lots of info there.
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I used to pull a 36' 5er with my 6.6 duramax, 3500 Silverado. Got average 10 MPGs.
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I would think you would be ok on weights if the gross weight is 9000--if that is just an estimated weight as it sits, you need to check further into actual weight. First problem with be rear axle weight, then gross vehicle weight.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:39 PM   #6
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You may or may not have overheating issues with the LLY. With the 9000lb JayFlight we were ok. Lots of fan but it didn't over heat. With the heavier higher Mountaineer we had to install the Ron Davis built auxiliary radiator. Plenty of power, but power makes heat
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:16 AM   #7
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Thanks everybody, all good advice.

Yes, trailer is a Carriage Damani, stated dry weight 9,000, pin 1,800.

I will check the Duramax forums.
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You really need to be working with the trailer's GVWR - no one pulls a "dry" trailer.

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What is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) from the label on the side of the trailer? That is what you should be working from...
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Will gather the GVW info, thanks.

Another question: we saw a Dodge Ram 3500 DRW, Mega Cab, short bed. Does this vehicle have sufficient clearance between the kingpin and the back of the cab to clear the front of the trailer in tight turns (assuming a sliding hitch)? Are these generally acceptable rigs for towing fifth wheels?

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Actually, I just noticed that is has the 3:42 axle ratio. Dodge says this truck has a maximum loaded trailer weight rating of of only 8,600pounds with this axle. They recommend the 4:10 axle for trailers weighting more than that. This pretty much makes this truck useless for pulling a big 5ver.
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I pulled a 43' toy hauler with a 07' 3500 D/A SRW. GVWR is 18K and I was every bit of that, with my 4x4 Mule and my full sized Weber grill in the garage. I knew that I needed a DRW when I got it, but I already owned the SRW. I pulled it for about 4500 mi, and even through the mountains of AZ. The engine and tranny peformed great, considering it had 175K mi before I bought the 5er. I think it will easily handle your 9K 5th wheel and probably with room to spare. You could always put 20" wheels on it and significantly raise the load rating of the tires.
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My 02 Duramax dually gets 10.5 mpg towing our 15,500# GVW 5er, doesn't seem to matter much if we are in mountains or in the plains. I get 18.5 empty highway, and around 16 in town. Keep all the maintenance up per the owners manual schedule, and about the only concern is buying contaminated fuel; just in case that happens, I always carry a spare fuel filter and wrench to change it on the road.
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I pulled a 34' 5er with 2500 Duramax up 6% grades with No problems. Got 14to 15mpg except in mountains. As of Feb. don't have 5er but still have truck. Quite and easy to drive.
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