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Old 07-09-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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6,700 lb TT w/ '12 Chevy Silverado 5.3/3.42's

Good-morning everyone and thanks for having me...

I do have a quick question (I probably know the answer but am somehow trying to rationalize this pending purchase).

I'm seriously contemplating the purchase of a new '13 Prime Time Tracer Executive Series TT (3150BHD) at a local dealership (Tucson, AZ) but am somewhat hesitant due to the TT's weight (6,700 lbs -- dry). My TV is a '12 Chevrolet Silverado 4x4-Z71, with the 5.3 ltr V8 and 3.42 gears. That being said, my max allowable trailer weight (to include passengers, gear, etc.) is ~9,600 lbs. This equates to pulling ~70% of my trucks max allowable gear/trailer weight without putting anyting in the TV/TT.

If I were back home driving the plains of TX I don't think I'd be that concerned; however, being stationed in AZ and traveling through the mountains of Northern AZ, with my wife and children at my side leaves me somewhat hesitant.

Anyone else pulling these kind of loads w/ a similar TV?

Thanks in advance for the advice.

John
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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With the automatic, you can always downshift and go slower and don't exceed 3600 rpm when going up mountains. No different than big semi's.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:06 PM   #3
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that 5.3 will be sucking wind .
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:06 PM   #4
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I would say the chevy would pull it... I had an 08' 1500 chevy with the 5.3 and was extremely disappointed with the pulling power. I would imagine you will be in the same boat mostly due to the 3.42 gears... those gears are a bit shallow to be pulling that much in my opinion. I had a 26' trailer with less weight than what you are claiming and was disappointed and switched to the hemi... then I bought the cummins so we could step up in campers IF we decided to... and then the wife decided of course...

In short, I feel that your truck could pull and will pull it... The mountains will be hard on it and there is no other way around that! Ultimately you have to start somewhere and see if you think you will enjoy it all before buying exactly what one wants...
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:07 PM   #5
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The dry weight of tt means nothing.

That weight is of the tt as it rolls off the assembly line .

From there the dealer will add and not limited to.
propane tanks full of propane 160 lbs.
A battery depending on size 60 + - lbs.
Awning.
Microwave.
Stabilizer jacks.
Spare tire and holder.
And any other options they want to add after the factory.
Normal added user items is 1000 lbs.
Hitch and sway bars 100 + lbs.

Don't forget your hw tank when full adds another 40 to 80 lbs depending on gallonage.


If you are going to travel with water loaded there's another 200+ lbs.

You also have to figure cargo in truck.
Passengers
Full tank of gas
Wood
Bikes
Coolers full of food and beverages and ice.
Dogs cats etc etc

Now do the math with your truck.
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Roughly figuring the trailer is now 8425 lbs . Not including water or passengers and cargo in the truck.

Imo smaller trailer or bigger truck.
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I have a 5.3 in my yukon xl and its a lot to ask of it. It does pull it but not happily
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Roughly figuring the trailer is now 8425 lbs . Not including water or passengers and cargo in the truck.

Imo smaller trailer or bigger truck.


Wow... no toying with that one! Straight to the point!

Excellent points above that one!
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Wow... no toying with that one! Straight to the point!

Excellent points above that one!
3.42 gear is what I'm seeing.
If it had a lower gear ratio and a 6.0 or a 6.2 then we'd have a different ball game.
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He can always shift gears and go slower. No one says he has to pull the mountains 50-60mph, semi's are usually going 25-40 and they are in more of a hurry. The truck will pull it, just not fast.
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