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Old 05-16-2015, 06:23 PM   #1
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08 Bounder V10 towing Crew Cab GMC 1500

We currently flat tow a 2002 Honda CRV and frankly it's perfect, but looking to downsize the fleet by one vehicle so I want to flat tow my '14 GMC 1500 Crew Cab. based on its scaled weight, and that of the Bounder, I'll be fine on all weight limits (hitch, gcwr, etc.) but I am wondering if the couple thousand extra pounds will be really noticeable and suck even more fuel. I don't want to go through the expense of adding the baseplate if it's not going to be of value. I have been very pleased with the V10 performance, much better than I expected, but will I be working it too hard with 5500lbs in tow compared to 3500lbs? anyone else towing with a big gasser something that size? Bounder is 38 feet on 24k chassis with 30k gcwr.
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Our jeep tips the scales at about 5000 pounds in trail ready form. While we don't rocket up 6% grades, it gets us there.
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It will pull it however if you're ever in an accident , any lawyer worth there salt will try to hang you for towing beyond your specs.
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it's not beyond the specs though...

6000lb tow rating. scaled it and it fits under gvwr as well
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I believe it's beyond your hitch rating.
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RVguide says tow limit for the '08 35E is the same as my '07 35E which is 5000#.
I recently switched from a '12 GMC Terrain to an '06 Jeep Liberty with an almost 1000# difference (lighter) and I can really feel the difference in towing noise and engine performance.
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my 38P has a 6000lb hitch rating
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We currently flat tow a 2002 Honda CRV and frankly it's perfect, but looking to downsize the fleet by one vehicle so I want to flat tow my '14 GMC 1500 Crew Cab. based on its scaled weight, and that of the Bounder, I'll be fine on all weight limits (hitch, gcwr, etc.) but I am wondering if the couple thousand extra pounds will be really noticeable and suck even more fuel. I don't want to go through the expense of adding the baseplate if it's not going to be of value. I have been very pleased with the V10 performance, much better than I expected, but will I be working it too hard with 5500lbs in tow compared to 3500lbs? anyone else towing with a big gasser something that size? Bounder is 38 feet on 24k chassis with 30k gcwr.
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Your V-10 is most certainly going to work a bit harder on even the slightest grades, that's for sure. Yep, you'll make it to your destination, all be it, maybe just a tad later. Lots of good gear use will help you. Don't let it think for itself. You know your rigs and, its power band. Think for it and, be ahead of the game when it comes to grades and other situations. That will help that V-10 out immensely.

We tow almost the same truck. It's an '11 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab 4x4. And, sitting in the bed most of our trips is an '08 Honda Goldwing, GL 1800, riding on a Rampage lift/carrier. So, our truck, as it sits by itself, hovers right at 5300 lbs. based on some certified scales. The Wing, right at 900 lbs. And the lift, right close to 275. So, we're dragging along, right close to 6500 lbs.

Now, our coach, an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT, has just a tad more torque than your V-10 but, even it slows pretty good on many grades. We get there, when we get there. So, think you'll be just fine. As far as base plate(s) are concerned, I installed the one on our '11 Honda CRV and I also installed the ones in our '11 GMC. The GMC was by far, about 10 times easier than the CRV was. Your grill arrangement on your model year might be a tad different than ours but, here's a couple of pics on ours looks.
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You will notice it on the grades (up or down) where the extra weight is a factor, but not much on the flats. Tire rolling resistance is probably higher on the truck, but not enough to make a noticeable difference. Conceivably the truck adds wind resistance too, but that's almost impossible to predict without testing in a wind tunnel.
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