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Old 01-23-2006, 03:12 PM   #1
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I have a 3500 crew cab chevy single rear wheel long wheel base 5.7 motor. I tow a 36 foot montana 5th wheel. Will I have trouble towing in the mountains? It tows it well here in Texas.
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I have a 3500 crew cab chevy single rear wheel long wheel base 5.7 motor. I tow a 36 foot montana 5th wheel. Will I have trouble towing in the mountains? It tows it well here in Texas.
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Old 01-23-2006, 05:50 PM   #3
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I would do the basics. Take the rig to a weigh station and establish your actual truck wt and trailer wt. Then compare that to your Gross Vehicle Wt Rating (GVWR) and your Gross Combined Wt Rating(GCWR) as well as your payload capacity. If you're over in any of those categories, you should be concerned. It's not only the question of being able to tow uphill in the mountains, but being able to stop the whole thing going downhill.

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Old 01-23-2006, 06:42 PM   #4
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Your 1T truck should handle the weight ok, but your engine (hp?) may be slow going up the grades. That however is why why made truck(slow) lanes anyway.
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Are you sure about that engine? I did not think the 350/5.7L was even available in a 1T truck. I know in the modern age 99-present only the 6.0 and 8.1L gas engines are available for the 1T. For 96- 99 the choices were 454/7.4L and the 8.1L. I would suspect that you will be climbing hills in either 2 or 1 and depending on how much you want to rev her up. See sig for my combo. I pull short grades in 2 at 45-50 allowing the engine to rev to 3500-4000. On longer grades I limit the revs to 3000. In all climbing situations I drive by the tach and transmission - not the spedo.
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I believe the 350 (5.7L) was the base engine until the '02 model year. Like Randy said, when you go to Colorado, you'll be down on your knees trying to get up some of those loooong grades (like I use to be with my 454) until switching over to the diesel. Just stay in the right hand lane and wave and smile....
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Ok I found a site that lists replacement engines over the years. http://www.sallee-chevrolet.com/Crate_Engines/docs/Good...icationChart2004.pdf According to it the 5.7 was availble in the 1T truck from 88-00, the 454 applies from 74 to 86 and from 88-00. According to the gmpowertrain web site the std engine for the 1T 06 is the 6.0L with the 8.1L optional.
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Old 01-31-2006, 06:23 PM   #8
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I assume that you have the 4.10 rear end ?
it will pull it, but you wont be happy with it.(been there)
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I have a friend that has a 05 36' montana and a dually 3500. he is close to the rear gaw of the dually. My guess is that the srw truck is way over rear gawr.
GB&SB was very vauge about year, transmission, gvw, gawr, cgvwr and trailer weights.
I think he knows he is way over the mfg weight ratings but just looking for some one to say yea it's ok to run grosly overweight.
An 06 3500 srw with a 6.0, v-8 and 2wd is only rated for 10,300# 5th wheelIF it is equiped with a 4:10. The dry weight of a 36' Montana is at or over that weight.

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