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Old 03-01-2015, 07:48 AM   #11
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Gm 1/2 ton trucks with the tow package will have, 3.42 gears, 2 speed transfer case (4 hi AND 4lo, as well as auto), it will also have the auxilary tranny cooler and rear hitch with plug. There may be an engine oil cooler in the radiator, but i dont know what the deciding factor is for that.

Now Gms max tow, or max trailer, (whatever they call it) 1/2 ton trucks can have the 6.2, different axles, trans, gears, etc., whole different animal.

From what the pics show, there is no hitch, cant tell on the plug, might just be a cap in the bumper filling the hole, but it does have the 2 speed transfer case.

Oh and at that price you could probably get one new, that is kind of a base model lt (maybe the LT1) with no fogs, manual seat, etc.
At least down south you could with the applied rebates, maybe prices are higher up north.
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Old 03-01-2015, 08:12 AM   #12
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Might be a good idea to ask the dealer for a copy of the build codes.
So ya dont have any surprises like this member did.
New to all this.

Just curious, is there any way to find the build codes online with the vin?

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Old 03-01-2015, 08:15 AM   #13
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I would look for another vehicle, this one has a 3.08 rear axle ratio. Even with a 6 speed trans. I would look for a better drivetrain combination for towing.
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Old 03-01-2015, 08:24 AM   #14
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The universal one size fits all advice I give to anyone towing anything with any half ton is get more transmission cooling capacity installed than the truck came with. Install the aftermarket cooler inline (in addition to) the factory system, even if it has a tow package installed. And a tranny temp gauge isn't a bad idea, either.

It's only about $200 worth of stuff.
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Old 03-01-2015, 08:39 AM   #15
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Towing configuration

you can look in the glove box and see the label with build codes. that will tell you if your truck has tow features on board. Some codes may be specific to model/engine...others are common across model/engine line.

Max Trailering Pack includes;
(L9H) Vortec 6.2L V8 SFI engine,
(G80) heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential,
(Z85) Handling/Trailering Suspension Package,
(AXN) 9.5" (24.1 cm) hybrid rear axle,
(GT4) 3.73 rear axle ratio,
(P46) 4 - 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) 6-lug aluminum wheels,
(QJP) P265/70R17 on-/off-road blackwall tires,
(T96) fog lamps,
(JD9) front and rear disc brakes,
(Z82) Trailering package

1 - Requires C*10753 or C*10543 models. CK10543 and CK10753
Models also include (NQH) electronic Autotrac transfer case. Option content within this package may not be substituted or deleted. Not available with (Z71) Off-Road Suspension Package.

Z82 - Trailering Package for MYC 6-speed transmission, heavy-duty includes trailering hitch platform and 2-inch receiver, 7-wire harness (harness includes wires for: park lamps, backup lamps, right turn, left turn, electric brake lead, battery and ground) with independent fused trailering circuits mated to a 7-way sealed connector, wiring harness for after-market trailer brake controller (located in the instrument panel harness),
(K5L) heavy-duty cooling package,
(KC4) external engine oil cooler,
(KNP) external transmission oil cooler

Z85 - Suspension Package, Handling/Trailering, heavy-duty, includes 46 mm piston monotube shocks and 36mm front stabilizer bar
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Old 03-01-2015, 08:42 AM   #16
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IMHO, considering the known facts and "presumed" assumptions, the truck is question is not a good candidate for the tow vehicle for that Wildwood.

Even though the spec sheet gives hitch ratings, there is no visible hitch on that truck. No hitch indicates no tow package.

If the truck indeed has a 3:08 final drive gearing that someone indicated, that is not the greatest for trailer towing. I don't see where the 3:08 ratio is even listed in the Trailer Life Towing Guide as a option for the 5.3L engine.

That Wildwood is a bunkhouse, which indicates kids. Kids, plus parents, plus other cargo in the truck add up to plenty of weight in the truck, before hanging 800+lbs. of trailer tongue on the back end. Even if the truck is rated to tow a trailer that size, the weak link of 1/2 ton pickups is the payload capacity.

Again IMHO, a 3/4 ton truck with a tow package would be a better TV for that trailer. In addition to getting more payload capacity, 3/4 ton trucks tend to have longer wheelbases, which is better for towing trailers that long.

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Old 03-01-2015, 08:49 AM   #17
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I remember when GM started this 1/2 Ton CRAP! They had a (HD 1500 4x4) -(6.0 engine/8 lug wheels/brakes and axles like a 3/4) It was the same period of time when they offered (Weird Steer?). So if any one is talking about this type (1/2 ton truck) you DONT have a Dog in this fight! Youroo!! Not ALL 1/2 Tons are (Created Equal)!
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:07 AM   #18
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Quick search but here's a nice truck in your area that is set up for you need. Only thing it don't list is the gear ratio but it says 7k gvwr so should be the 3.42 and does have hitch, 7-way plug and integrated brake controller.
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:56 PM   #19
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Keep in mind that a dealer cannot install a factory tow package. The dealer can add the hitch, the mirrors, brake control, wiring etc.. The factory tow package will typically include things such as increased cooling, a transmission cooler, a larger battery and alternator, stronger suspension, extended mirrors. If you can find a used truck with a factory tow package you will be way ahead of the game and will be able to tow considerably more.
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Old 03-01-2015, 01:01 PM   #20
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Don't do like we a camper, then find a tow vehicle to comfortably pull it. Then later we decided we needed more room and moved up and was good for awhile till we hit the mountains...then the expenses started to kick in! We then traded up to a truck that would handle the TT easily...then yoy guessed it,now want a little more room at a weight too close for comfort. Come to find out the rear end is only 302 or something and we need a 355...dugh! My advice is to thing ahead!

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