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Old 02-14-2015, 11:59 AM   #11
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We are looking into a new Silverado or GMC 1500 with 5.3l V8 3.42 rear axle ratio towing a 2015 21DK dry weight 3946 adding 1-1.5k loaded. Have a Reese weight distribution hitch. Added weight in truck approx 650lbs. Looking at local and cross country towing, flat and mountains. Since we are new to this, am I in the ballpark with my vehicle choice? Or should I be looking at a 1500 or 2500 HD with a higher # rear axel ratio, bigger engine? Thanks


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Old 02-14-2015, 12:56 PM   #12
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Forgot to add. We are looking at crew or double cab. Dog and grand kids need space!


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Old 02-14-2015, 01:21 PM   #13
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I would certainly think so? No practical experience yet, but the numbers will certainly work. Look at the combined gross numbers for the truck and for the trailer to be sure. May need the next level up of rear end for the hills? You're starting with the same truck and a trailer that weighs a ton less than the one i'm getting and I'm still safely under the max for the fully loaded numbers for the truck and trailer..
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:09 AM   #14
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We have a 2013 Silverado 1500 with the tow package and tow a Wildwood 26TBSS. To date towed through Gros Morne in NL, and Cape Breton Highlands in NS with no issue. Have the Reese dual cam hitch set up with integrated sway control.


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Old 05-03-2015, 07:04 PM   #15
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Well, took it camping for the maiden voyage this weekend. The truck can pull the camper pretty easily from a power perspective. Both times I've pulled it now have been a bit hairy from a trailer sway perspective though. Granted, both days were pretty windy.. but it was scary a couple of times. I changed the tires to Michelin LT grade tires and that helped some, but not enough. I have a weight distributing hitch and a single sway bar.. Truck looks good from a weight/squat perspective but I still get sway. I'm going to get a second sway bar and make sure my weight is distributed evenly front to rear.. Hopefully the next trip will be a little require my knuckles to be a little less white.
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Old 05-05-2015, 01:24 PM   #16
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Just a suggestion ....if I had a TT again vs fifth wheel, I would do research on those Hensley hitch systems. More expensive, however, reviews are very positive. Nothing worse than white knuckle towing, been there, not again!

There is a reason some systems cost heavily.....they get the job done!
Of course you also need the correct TV setups as well. 😁🏁
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:06 PM   #17
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Took it across the state this weekend after adding the second sway bar. That seems to help quite a bit. 60 - 65mph was ok with only a little wind. The ride home was in 35+mph.. that was an adventure to be sure..
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:15 PM   #18
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Took it across the state this weekend after adding the second sway bar. That seems to help quite a bit. 60 - 65mph was ok with only a little wind. The ride home was in 35+mph.. that was an adventure to be sure..
Tighten the both down as tight as you can get them. They should make noise when you turn into a drive or street.
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Old 05-26-2015, 12:15 AM   #19
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Driving around with a swaying trailer (windy or not) takes the fun out of camping. Here are a few other things to try.

- Upgrade your shocks to real heavy duty ones (the ones that make the ride sort of bad).

- Add a rear anti-sway bar to the truck if you don't already have one. I think they are standard on the Z-71 series.

- Run your tires at max psi.

- Get a ProPride or Hensley hitch.

- If all else fails, get a bigger truck (what I did).
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:53 AM   #20
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I don't have a 5.3 but I do tow the same trailer with a '15 Silverado 1500 V6. The tow rating difference between the two is about 900 lbs. The V6 is 285 hp/ 300 lb-ft and I have had no issues at all.
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