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Old 04-26-2016, 03:32 PM   #1
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Towing my DRV Tradition/GMC Sierra 2500HD

Im going into my third season with my DRV Tradition and GMC 2500HD SRW Diesel. Ive had no issues towing up and down the East coast but we are planning a trip out West this season. Im concerned with the much steeper hills out West. Will I be ok with my current set up?

DRV Tradition 380 RES Length 38' 3" Dry Weight 12,700# Dry Pin Weight 2,875#

GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali SRW
6.6L V-8 turbo Diesel
397 HP
765 Torque
Axel ratio 3.73
Max Fifth wheel towing capacity 17,100 lb
Max payload 3501 lb
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Old 04-26-2016, 06:04 PM   #2
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By your truck hp/tq numbers, I assume it is one of the newer ones with turbo brake? That trailer is rather large for your truck, but look at me . I am out west and have no problems with my setup. Although lighter/shorter trailer, my towing capacity is less as well. I drive 65-68mph and really watch my EGTs and Engine temps on the climbs. We have a trip planned to Denver this summer that may change my atttitude toward towing capabilites.
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Old 04-26-2016, 06:14 PM   #3
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Yes, my truck is a 2015 with the trailer breaking system.
Thanks for your input.
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Old 04-26-2016, 06:18 PM   #4
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Yes, my truck is a 2015 with the trailer breaking system.
Thanks for your input.
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You'll be fine. Lots of hot shots around here pulling 40 footers TH exceeded trailer GVW with their older and newer lifted 3/4 tons at 75+ mph.
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You'll be fine. Enjoy your trip out to the Wild West!
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Power wise, you'll be fine.

But how is your payload that high on a 3/4 ton Denali? Just seems to high to me.
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He is probably within all the tow ratings with his setup, altho close on the RAWR. If he has towed in PA or the Smokeys, he will be fine in the Rockies, maybe a little slow upgrade.
At this point in his towing, I would already have the actual weights instead of the posted dry weights from DRV......
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Im going into my third season with my DRV Tradition and GMC 2500HD SRW Diesel. Ive had no issues towing up and down the East coast but we are planning a trip out West this season. Im concerned with the much steeper hills out West. Will I be ok with my current set up?

DRV Tradition 380 RES Length 38' 3" Dry Weight 12,700# Dry Pin Weight 2,875#

GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali SRW
6.6L V-8 turbo Diesel
397 HP
765 Torque
Axel ratio 3.73
Max Fifth wheel towing capacity 17,100 lb
Max payload 3501 lb

Why are you quoting "DRY" weights????? Do you tow empty?

You are way overloaded. What is your rear axle weight FULLY loaded?
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Dry numbers are worse then useless,my dry pin weight was in the same range put it on a scale and it was over 4000 # , and we do not load heavy,as much as possible is packed on to the truck.
Pin weight is a killer to 3/4 ton truck ratings.
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[QUOTE=craigaugone;3041119]Im going into my third season with my DRV Tradition and GMC 2500HD SRW Diesel. Ive had no issues towing up and down the East coast but we are planning a trip out West this season.


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Pin weight is a killer to 3/4 ton truck ratings.
What doesn't jibe????
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Old 04-28-2016, 04:05 PM   #11
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His real pin weight is not just a little more the the dry weight.I have been at a MS 'weigh-in" and every pin was over brochure by close to 1000#.
OP weigh your rig ,or not because dry weights are the second biggest lie after 'checks in the mail'.
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That's a stout 3/4t truck with 3501 payload...I have a 3500srw with 4076...normally see 3/4t closer to 3k payload....regardless, Inwoukd get a cat scale weight loaded and ready to travel...I am betting u r over your rear axle rating as well as the truck gvwr. Good luck
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Any recommendations on where I can weigh my fifth wheel. I see stations on the side of the highway but I've never seen a camper in there.
Should I disconnect my truck from the camper when on the scale or weigh them both together and subtract the weight of my truck from the combined weight?
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Other than satisfying your curiosity, whats the point of weighing the rig after you've towed it for a number of years with no problem.
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