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Old 07-10-2016, 11:39 PM   #1
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Towing Silverado 1500

I have a 2000 funmover class C with a v10. Am I crazy to think about towing my Silverado behind it? It's a regular cab, short bed 4wd. It's about 5200 lbs. I would be installing brakes on it. I see class C's towing all the time, just wondering if a full size pickup would be too much. Also if necessary I'm not opposed to unhooking and having it drove over any steep passes if necessary.
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6000 and 600 tongue weight. I'm under my weight ratings. Was more interested in transmission, engine, brake issues
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What is your GCWR? That's the answer. You will need to weigh you coach ready to roll with all your stuff in it. Full of fuel and propane. Then add the 5200 lbs to that. Look on your weight rating sticker and see how close you are to the combined weight rating. That will tell you if it's possible.
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I am under my rating. I'm looking for anyone with experience towing near max rating. Such as how will it handle, how will the transmission handle it, will it heat the trans up.
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I towed my 2015 GMC crewcab behind our first DP and was over gcwr by a couple thousand pounds. Everything was fine except going uphill. I would gomweigh your pickup as i dont think it weighs that much. My crewcab weighed 5500.
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If you are under your weight ratings you will be OK from a safety standpoint. I am not sure you will be happy with the performance (I have no experience with the V-10)
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Just a little update, got everything installed ( invisibrake, and roadmaster falcon 2 at tow bar, mx adapters so I didn't need a cross bar) towed 360 miles to pismo beach and back.

As I expected it was noticeably slower and the transmission hunted a bit on minor inclines (overpasses) but over all towed great. Once at speed you don't even notice it back there. Brakes worked good. On cuesta grade (7% for 3 miles) did fine, even with a semi pulling out in front of me near the bottom. Pretty moderate braking situation and slowed just fine.

Only issue was once on the beach the steering tires on the toad turned full lock left. No biggie, just unhooked and the gf followed me to camp.

Although I think I could get away without it, I plan to install a trans cooler, possibly with a separate fan, as well as a gauge. While I'm doing gauges, I may as well do engine temp and oil pressure. I don't have much faith in the dummy stockers, as the temp never moved while pulling cuesta on the way home with outside temps of 85-90.
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Trans temp gauge is a great idea. You can cook that tranny fluid on 1 long grade.
If the tranny is hunting pull a lower gear until you top the hill, I guess no TOW MODE. They work great.
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Look into a ScanGauge. It will give you the gauges that you need. It plugs into the diagnostics port under the dash, installation takes minutes and it can be programed to your liking. I bought one for my toad on Ebay used for under $100.
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I use the Derale cooler on my off road Jeep. It has a temperature controlled fan that comes on when the oil temp gets to 180*.

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