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Old 01-21-2014, 09:47 AM   #1
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Hello all, i currwntly have an 87 fleetwood bounder. Instead of towing my jeep im thinking of buying a fifth wheel. So when i go somewhere i can unhook and be done, use my truck to run around. Now, My truck an 01 chevy 1500hd With 6.0. Now i am a mechanic by day. Ive seen these vortec chevys go 350,000 miles and still purr. Fifth wheel is already installed. Does anyone else tow with the 6.0? The 1500 hd is a 3/4 ton.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:38 AM   #2
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Hello all, i currwntly have an 87 fleetwood bounder. Instead of towing my jeep im thinking of buying a fifth wheel. So when i go somewhere i can unhook and be done, use my truck to run around. Now, My truck an 01 chevy 1500hd With 6.0. Now i am a mechanic by day. Ive seen these vortec chevys go 350,000 miles and still purr. Fifth wheel is already installed. Does anyone else tow with the 6.0? The 1500 hd is a 3/4 ton.
I towed with my 2001 Chevy SB Crew Cab 6.0L 4X4 with 3:73 gears just twice that all I could take towing with a gas engine truck. I told my wife we either get rid of the 5er or buy a new diesel engine truck; will we are still camping. I was only getting about 6 or 7 MPG's filling up about every 150 miles or so. I sold this truck to my younger son and bought a new 2008 Ram Mega Cab with the 6.7L Cummins and a 68RFE 6 speed auto and I have never looked back. My towing fuel mileage is between 10.9 and 13.2 a gallon. Mostly around 12MPG’s this is over 6 years of towing mileage data.
My biggest complaint is trying to fill up the gas truck at the gas islands very very very difficult to get the truck and 5th wheel trailer in and out of the stations. With the diesel engine truck I fill-up at the semi truck diesel fuel islands and have no issues what so every.
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Diesel is not an option. Too expensive, i could rebuild my motor trans and rear end 3-4 times with the extra money. In my eyes gas is where its at. My question was what problems did you incur, if any or was it just the need for more fuel. Towing and filling sucks, but i can carry spare fuel. So i could go 300+ miles before stopping at a g station. My 6.0 current set up is true dual exhaust with magnaflow mufflers, cold air intake, throttle body spacer. My guess is around 330hp. 380-400 torque. Doing a pan drop on the trans tonight, and new rear diff gasket and fluid. Recently put new u joints and carrier bearing in as well.
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My wife's brother towed a 8000 pound 5th wheel with his '04 2500 with the 6.0 and I never heard him complain about anything. I pulled my 29 footer with my 2000 3500 with a 350 and it did alright but it had 170,000 miles on it and I was worried about something letting go and it's my daily driver. I ended up buying a dedicated camper puller and it's a gas also. I just couldn't justify the cost difference for no more than 8 or 10 camping trips a year. I'm not retired yet so work gets in the way of a lot of things....
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Yea i figured it would pull quite a bit. Tank is.26 gallons 10mpg, thats 260 miles. 70 miles an hour almost 4 hours without fuelling. IF i take 2, 5 gallon jugs of petro with me im over 300 miles.
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You need a trailer that will weigh about 9K loaded. With the truck weighing about 6K you will be just under the 16K gross combined weight rating. You wont get 10 mpg either. Oh, and ST trailer tires are speed rated to only 65mph.
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I pulled an 8800 lb class TT with my 2001 yukon xl 3/4 ton. 6.0 engine with 4.10 gears That combo did real well for 5 years. Flat land towing got between 6 and 7 mpg. I traded campers to a heavier TT at 12K class and that finished off the Yukon. It is nofun to tow foot on the floor and 35 mph up a small sad hill. I traded to a 6.7 liter Ram 3500 DRW truck at the end of the model year 2007 and it has been wonderful camping every since. The cooling system on the diesel makes all the difference on those summer trips!
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Your engine will be ok for towing if you ditch the OEM exhaust.
You will have manifold failure if you will not use an open cat back exhaust.
If the transmission holds your truck will do fine with a lower profile 5th wheel unit up to 7000 lbs.
That's my limit for older 1/2 tons. But yours is almost a 3/4 ton with a 1/2 ton body and weight. Might do much better.
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My truck is not s half ton at all. Do your research. Its a 3/4 . "headbang"
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My truck is not s half ton at all. Do your research. Its a 3/4 . "headbang"
The only difference might be the frame thickness as I found out when I installed my 5th wheel hitch. Also the 2500 frame is much heavier under the cab. Here in the woods the 1500 GM were preferred over the 2500 due to stock clearance. My friend always told me that the 1500 4 x 4 were going places the 2500 got stuck due to the frame dragging lower. There should be about 1000 lbs difference between the 1500. HD and 2500.
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The 1500hd Doesn't have a full floating rear end. Semi floating.
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Yea i figured it would pull quite a bit. Tank is.26 gallons 10mpg, thats 260 miles. 70 miles an hour almost 4 hours without fuelling. IF i take 2, 5 gallon jugs of petro with me im over 300 miles.
All I have to say is and I quote the lyrics by "AEROSMITH Dream On" if you think you will get 10MPG when pulling. I never did the best I every every got was 7 mpg going downhill leaving Door County WI. I also drove 55 MPH because this was the speed limit on the two lane highways in WI; had to stay close to gas stations. AS I stated above my son has the truck now and he has stated; it is a gas hog when towing.


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Have to test that theory.
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3.73 gears with too much trailer may not allow high gear real often.

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