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Old 06-08-2017, 06:51 PM   #1
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We are looking at getting a Class A diesel. Does anyone pull a pickup with a Class A? Automatic or manual transmission?
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I tow a 2013 GMC Sierra extra cab 4x4 the easiest vehicle I've owned to tow transfer case in neutral trans in park no need to leave a key in because the steering wheel doesn't lock no fuses to pull or anything weight is right around 5300lbs.
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We are looking at getting a Class A diesel. Does anyone pull a pickup with a Class A? Automatic or manual transmission?
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Yep, been doing it for quite a while. Our coach, an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT, tows a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Extended cab that weighs right at 5,300 lbs. We also load a Rampage lift/carrier into the bed of the truck which, loads and carries a 900 lb. 2008 Honda GL 1800 Goldwing. So, we're dragging around, about 6,500-6,600 lbs. total. Not bad at all. The coach knows when it's back there but, doesn't strain almost at all.

As stated, just follow the manufacturers steps for prepping for tow, i.e. transfer case/transmission proceedures and, you're good to go. I installed the base plate(s) (yep, there's TWO on this model) and, while it took some time, it was not a bad chore at all.

By the way, since you're going to be towing with a diesel, I'd HIGHLY recommend getting the M & G braking system for your truck. It's air operated and, one of the really, really good benefits of it is, THERE'S NOTHING ON THE INSIDE OF THE TRUCK, EVER!! So, you won't need to lug a heavy robot around that pushes on the brake pedal. Then, find a place for it when you're done towing. There's a component that is installed between the power brake unit and the master cylinder and that's it. All that's used when hooking up to tow is, a small, curly cue air line with a male on one end and a female on the other. Takes a whopping 3-4 seconds to hook up. Good luck on your new setup.
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Yep, 2013 Silverado. Works great
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If it cannot be towed 4 down due to a transmission issue there is a remedy. I pull a 1999 Dodge Ram Diesel pickup. Mine is 2wd so I had to either remove the back driveshaft or install a driveshaft disconnect which I opted to do. It has a sliding collar that moves back and forth with a cable operated shifter. I installed it myself but there are many companies that can install them for you. I also have the Roadmaster air cylinder brake system that ties into my air brakes.
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We've pulled fur different ones. 2007 Dodge Dakota. 2010 Nissan Frontier, 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 4 door and now a 2016 GM Canyon 4 door.

You'll notice the truck under acceleration, but once you're rolling, not a big deal. If you intend to tow a truck, you may want to look for a diesel pusher with engine brake. An exhaust brake is sufficient, but will require a little more work when descending grades.
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I am towing a Ram Diesel. Same as GM stated above, transfer case in neutral ,trans in park, key off. I use the SMI AirForce One tow brake, feel you need a good brake with a heavy towed.
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That site will tell you all about every vehicle that you may want to tow.
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Well,
Yep, been doing it for quite a while. Our coach, an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT, tows a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Extended cab that weighs right at 5,300 lbs. We also load a Rampage lift/carrier into the bed of the truck which, loads and carries a 900 lb. 2008 Honda GL 1800 Goldwing. So, we're dragging around, about 6,500-6,600 lbs. total. Not bad at all. The coach knows when it's back there but, doesn't strain almost at all.

As stated, just follow the manufacturers steps for prepping for tow, i.e. transfer case/transmission proceedures and, you're good to go. I installed the base plate(s) (yep, there's TWO on this model) and, while it took some time, it was not a bad chore at all.

By the way, since you're going to be towing with a diesel, I'd HIGHLY recommend getting the M & G braking system for your truck. It's air operated and, one of the really, really good benefits of it is, THERE'S NOTHING ON THE INSIDE OF THE TRUCK, EVER!! So, you won't need to lug a heavy robot around that pushes on the brake pedal. Then, find a place for it when you're done towing. There's a component that is installed between the power brake unit and the master cylinder and that's it. All that's used when hooking up to tow is, a small, curly cue air line with a male on one end and a female on the other. Takes a whopping 3-4 seconds to hook up. Good luck on your new setup.
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FIREUP...What is your total weight for the whole combination and what is just the truck with that motorcycle? Looks heavy!
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OP the real question is what DP are you looking at and what is it's tow rating? Some can only tow 5klbs or less. Some can tow 10klbs and some can tow 15klbs so while you are looking at DP's you need to find out what they can tow and then see if the Pickup truck you want to tow is within that weight range. Most 1/2 tons (4 door) weigh more than 5klbs. All 3/4 and 1Tons are well over 5klbs. So I hope this will help.
As far as if the Pickup you want is Flat towable that depends on it so check the Owners manual carefully. I believe most Ram 4X4's are and so are most GM/Chevorlet 4X4s are along with Ford 4X4s. (All automatic transmissions) But remember check the Owners Manual.
You will need Base Plates and Tow Bars capable of pulling that weight along with an Aux braking system and some sort of light setup as usual.
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