Axle ratio question
I wanted to see if some of you guys agree with what a truck salesman told me about axle ratio.
I have the Silverado 1500 5.3 V8 with the axle that gets better gas mileage but does not tow as much. I think the other axle gives the truck a tow capacity of over 9,000 pounds and my axle ratio brings that number down to the 7,000 pound range. Sorry, but I don't have the exact numbers with me.
His explanation is that two trucks with those two axles could have the same engines, same transmissions, same towing packages and same suspensions. Consequently, he says, it is perfectly safe and will not harm the truck to haul 9,000 pounds with either truck, regardless of which axle is used. He says the only difference would be that it would take longer for the truck with the lower tow rating to tow a trailer up a long grade.
I know the towing equation is much more complicated, but I just wondered if you guys agree with this guy regarding the general concept of how the axle ratios affect safety and performance.
This doesn't affect my towing at the moment, but might if I went to a larger unit.
2013 Surveyor SP220
2010 Silverado LT 5.3 V8
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