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Old 03-02-2014, 09:30 PM   #1
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Help Don't know if my truck will pull a 5th wheel!

We are looking at a Seirra 365SAQ or Wildcat 344QB. My husband's truck is a 2006 Silverado 2500 chevy 4x4 HD. Will it pull these campers or do we need to step back. I don't see any reason why we need a 2nd bathroom or outside kitchen. I know this adds to the weight! Can someone advise me? His pin weight is 1100 I think.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:38 PM   #2
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There is no way you can get a pin weight of 1100 from a 365SAQ. I have one and my pin weight is right at 3100 pounds loaded. As far as pulling a 365, lots of people do it with 250/2500 series trucks and do it pretty well. But they are over the RAWR(rear axle weight rating) and most likely the gross combined weight rating for the truck. That being said, 3/4 ton trucks run out of payload capacity first due to not having the other one or two leaf springs in the back. But, like I said, will it pull it? Yes. Should it? That would be up to the individual and it is done all the time.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:44 PM   #3
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I tow the equivalent to the Sierra in our Sabre36qbok. Our TV is a 2004 SilveradoHD 8.1l gasser and have been very satisfied with our towing experience. The pin weight of the Sabre is 1850 and Im rated for 2500. I did install Firestone airbags and that was a tremendous help.It will depend on your typical towing route. I tow mostly close to home on relatively flat to rolling terrain even though in have towed about 1500m this past year and over Jellico Mtn twice.
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I found the pin weight on the Sierra is 2,060 pounds and the Wildcat is lighter still, per the site below your fifth wheel pin weight max is 2450 pounds so you should be fine there. However the same site shows 9800 as your max towing weight and I can't believe that one. 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Specs: Crew Cab 153" WB 4WD LT3 Other Specs
This site shows the specs as 3163 max payload and 14,600 pounds as the max.

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Specs: Crew Cab 153" WB 4WD LT3 Other Specs

I'd check the owners manual if you still have it, that should have it all in there for sure.

But depending on how you load it you should be ok.
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:17 PM   #5
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we have the 344QB without the rear kitchen, yes your truck will be ok. it will drop about 2 inches from factory, if it is a 6.0 gasser it will also be ok on the flats but hit the hills and you might not like the sound of the engine too much.. The 2nd bathroom is standard and does not add too much weight but since it is a bunk house you must have kids and will need it
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:56 AM   #6
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I have a 2014 GMC sierra 2500HD duramax diesel 6.6L V8 turbo crew cab has GCWR of 24,500,max trailering weight 17,400 and looking for a fiver also
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An '06 2500 with a 6.0l gasser will not pull this camper, other than moving it around a parking lot. I have 365saq, had an '06 2500 6.0(it struggled with 8k tt), pulled the 365saq with '11 2500 CC LB 4x4 Duramax(pulled fine, rode fine, but was at or just over payload specs), now have '13 3500 DRW, but not because the '11 2500 didn't do the job.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:43 AM   #8
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An '06 2500 with a 6.0l gasser will not pull this camper, other than moving it around a parking lot. I have 365saq, had an '06 2500 6.0(it struggled with 8k tt), pulled the 365saq with '11 2500 CC LB 4x4 Duramax(pulled fine, rode fine, but was at or just over payload specs), now have '13 3500 DRW, but not because the '11 2500 didn't do the job.
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I wasn't happy when I towed a loaded 9500lb TT with a GMC 6.0 gasser in the past...truck handle the loaded weight fine on flats but hills and any faint hearted mountain climb...it was red faced in keeping up!
I couldn't imagine asking the gasser to handle more weight.
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:05 PM   #9
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X3 on the 6.0. Although a very good engine, heavy towing is not its friend, and its very fond of gas stations. When I had my gasser I was towing a 8000lb bumper pull and getting 7mpg. Hills required LOTS of throttle just to try to maintain speed. Now I have a Duramax and a 11,000lb 5th wheel. Get 12-13MPG and terrain not an issue.
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I had the 6.0l in a 1500HD and it was a dog and returned nothing for the poor power but worse mileage, I towed up hills in 2nd gear often.
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