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Old 02-28-2015, 08:35 PM   #1
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Is this enough tow vehicle for me?

We just purchased this TT:

Wildwood X-Lite Travel Trailers by Forest River RV

It's was a leftover model so we got a good deal on it. Now comes the next challenge of looking at tow vehicles for it.

I am looking at this guy here:

Auto Lenders - NJ & PA Used Car Dealer - Used 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4X4 in Williamstown, NJ

I just don't fully understand how the weights line up. We are new to this whole thing so any help is appreciated. I don't want to have to over spend on a vehicle, but at the same time I don't want to roll off the lot and have something that us underpowered and unable to pull the weight.

Thanks,

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Old 02-28-2015, 08:53 PM   #2
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looks like it should be, but doesn't state if it has tow package or not.
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Old 02-28-2015, 08:55 PM   #3
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Dave - really appreciate the reply. Like I said, brand new to this. More a car guy, getting in to the camping thing for my family/son. What exactly would be included int a tow package on a truck? Dealers will sell you the moon and the stars so asking them could be dangerous...
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:27 PM   #4
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Tow package typically includes transmission cooler, HD radiator, rear end ratio at least @ 3.55, preferably 3.92. May also have oil cooler.
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:28 PM   #5
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I'm not 100% sure on a 1/2 ton, I have a 1 ton Chevy, but should be the receiver, 7 pin wiring connector, trans cooler, and probably few other upgrades. Maybe someone else will have more input on this.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:01 AM   #6
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In the pics of the truck it does not look like there is a hitch on it so I doubt it has the tow package.I would look for something that has a hitch and brake controller already built in that way most likely the truck is set up to tow right out of the box.A half ton truck should be enough to tow what your looking at but I would run the numbers to be sure.
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Is this enough tow vehicle for me?

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Dave - really appreciate the reply. Like I said, brand new to this. More a car guy, getting in to the camping thing for my family/son. What exactly would be included int a tow package on a truck? Dealers will sell you the moon and the stars so asking them could be dangerous...

If it doesn't say on the spec sheet, chances are it doesn't have a tow package. You can also write down the VIN# and call the mfg (preferred method). They can tell you if it has the tow package and which options.
In my opinion, to purchase a truck for towing and not get the tow package is a very bad choice. You'll either spend a ton of money to upgrade the truck for the ability to tow (and not increase tow capacity), or possibly tear up your brand new truck (or both).
Even 1/2T trucks that have tow packages aren't equal. Mfg's will put different "features" into different setups. 3.55 vs 3.73
I'm a little partial here, but I found that the new(er) 5.7L Tundra's are the simplest to understand and more than capable as a 1/2T tow vehicle. If it has the Tow switch, it comes with the tow package... And all those tow packages have the same features... No guess work involved.
Here is what comes with a Tundra tow package...
Tow Package includes: 4.3 Rear, towing hitch receiver, trailer brake controller prewire, TOW/HAUL Mode switch, supplemental engine oil cooler, supplemental transmission cooler, heavy-duty battery, 170-amp. alternator and 4/7-pin connector (standard on 5.7L V8 models).


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Looking at the spec sheet, it does not show a tow package. Unless they are not stating it.
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We just purchased this TT:

Wildwood X-Lite Travel Trailers by Forest River RV

It's was a leftover model so we got a good deal on it. Now comes the next challenge of looking at tow vehicles for it.

I am looking at this guy here:

Auto Lenders - NJ & PA Used Car Dealer - Used 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4X4 in Williamstown, NJ

I just don't fully understand how the weights line up. We are new to this whole thing so any help is appreciated. I don't want to have to over spend on a vehicle, but at the same time I don't want to roll off the lot and have something that us underpowered and unable to pull the weight.

Thanks,

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2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Maintains 12,000-lb. Max Trailering

Have a look here it is for the fifteen model.


Max Trailering Package
Includes 9.76" rear axle and revised shock tuning for increased control.
Integrated Trailer Brake Controller
Enhanced Cooling Radiator
Heavier Duty Rear Springs
Increased RGAWR
This option features:
Heavy-duty radiator
Heavy-duty rear springs
Trailer brake controller

This is taken from the GM Canada page but will be the same.
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