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Old 03-24-2015, 06:05 PM   #1
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2013 Chevy 3/4HD towing

I currently tow a 25 foot Salem Cruise Lite (pull behind) with my Chevy with NO problem at all.
We are going to be moving up to a 5th wheel.
I was looking for any advice on moving "up" to a 5th wheel about how much to tow, and your experiences.
When I bought the Cruise Lite, "oh yes, no problem with your truck". Well after the second trip, I went out and bought a 3/4 ton. Spent hours and hours changing my hitch configuration around and was never happy with how the 1/2 ton truck handled, not the power aspect, but steering etc...
Thanks for any help you can offer.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:59 PM   #2
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Diesel or gasser (engine size and differential ratio. With a diesel you don't worry about that crap) My 2500 duramax handles 12,000 and 2,000+lb pin weight with ease.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:00 PM   #3
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That's a loaded question that you have asked. A lot depends on what type of powertrain do you have in the truck. Diesel engine, Allison transmission, 4X4 and what type of differential 4:10 or some other size. Also what type of tires and rim size do you have.


I have a 3/4 ton Ram but I have been towing heavy with this truck and I know the capabilities of the truck and what I have done to increase the ability of the truck.


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It is a gas.
Don't know the differential ratio.
has the towing package.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:04 PM   #5
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If it's a 6.0 then 410 gear iirc
2013
Ext cab or crew?
8 or 6.5 box?
2 or 4x4
These are all needed.
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It is the 6.0
Extended cab, 6.5 box
4x4
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:53 PM   #7
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What 5th wheel you looking @
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:11 PM   #8
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the last gas 3/4 ton I had was an 09 GMC and with the 3.73 axle ratio it was only rated to tow little over 9000 lbs. Now I have a 2014 single rear wheel 1 ton Chevy Duramax and it's rated for 16,800. Towing is a breeze now
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Gas 2013

I have the gas 2013 GMC 2500. I know it is slightly different but here is my experience.

My TV is the 2013 6.0 liter gas 2500 4x4 with the 6.5 bed and an extended cab. I pull a 10,500 dry weight 5th wheel that is about 1700 pounds of tounge weight. My truck has a payload of 2900lbs. So I am well within the payload limit.

Pulls nicely, rides nicely. I do not think the truck has the power to deal with mountains but I lice on the prarie so it is nice and level.

I use the turnover ball companion hitch (no slider) and have had no problems at all.

Good luck with your search!

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I have the gas 2013 GMC 2500. I know it is slightly different but here is my experience.

My TV is the 2013 6.0 liter gas 2500 4x4 with the 6.5 bed and an extended cab. I pull a 10,500 dry weight 5th wheel that is about 1700 pounds of tounge weight. My truck has a payload of 2900lbs. So I am well within the payload limit.

Pulls nicely, rides nicely. I do not think the truck has the power to deal with mountains but I lice on the prarie so it is nice and level.

I use the turnover ball companion hitch (no slider) and have had no problems at all.

Good luck with your search!

Bob
I have a 2013 2500HD crew cab gas Z71 and a Crusader 296BHS. Going from memory it is in the 10K-11K dry and prob little over 12K loaded. We have not been in tall mountains yet but have been in the Ozarks. I have not had any trouble. I had the same experience with our previous TT with moving storage around/ shifting wait and never could get it to handle the way I wanted. The FW is more trailer but handles remarkably better. As Bob stated I have the B&W turnover ball goose neck hitch and companion FW hitch. I will not have another truck without this set up.

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