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Old 05-25-2019, 06:44 PM   #1
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My towing truck

I posted a little while back about the best trucks to pull my fiver. I received many replies and thank you all for your input and advise. I just now purchased a truck a few weeks ago and decided against a diesel because of the cost of upkeep, repairs etc. I bought a 2004 Silverado 2500HD 6.0, 4:10 gears with 134,000 miles. The guy I bought it from ONLY sold it to pay off some land he had purchased. He was sort of mad when I was there to check it out and finally bought it. He had it for 5 years and truly loved it but as he said, I can get another truck but not the land. It's an extended cab, 3/4 ton and in really great shape. He had a rebuilt trans installed at a Chevy dealership (I have the paper work) only 20k miles ago I guess because one of the other 2 owners didn't keep the transmission serviced, one pulling a huge boat to the ocean and back. I just had a large universal trans cooler installed, much larger than stock to keep the trans cooler. Someone had also had headers installed for whatever reason. I'm really enjoying driving it and know that my gas millage will be around 8-10 pulling my fiver but saving on the costly maintenance and repairs of a diesel. I'll post a pic soon and again thanks all for the info on my previous thread.
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Congrats. Sounds like you got plenty of TV for your camper. Should make it much more fun to travel.
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Thanks, It'll pull 10,300lbs and my fiver is 9,730 and won't be maybe 100-150lbs inside. I'll enjoy pulling with it. It drives and handles great and I'll enjoy pulling with it. Thanks!
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Congratulations. If it does what you need it to do, then that's what counts. And it sounds like you got a keeper. Enjoy!
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Congratulations. If it does what you need it to do, then that's what counts. And it sounds like you got a keeper. Enjoy!
I sold my Cadillac CTS Coupe to get a truck so yes it's a keeper going full time RVing.
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I guess Iím the odd man out here but there is no way I could buy a 2004 2500 gasser with 134,000 miles to pull a camper with. The land must have been cheap
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Pokey,

The 6.0 will pull your 10K RV but it will have it's hands full. I have a 2003 Express van with the 6.0 and 4.10 gears and a 2004 Suburban 8.1 with 4.10 gears. The Suburban pulls much better than the 6.0.

You have the Gen3 LQ4 6.0 that makes 300hp/360tq. The engine is very durable but will not win any races.

With the 4l85e trans you will be towing in 3rd gear (1:1 ratio) running 2700-2900 rpms at 60-65 mph. Even moderate grades will require 2nd gear and 4000-4500 rpms to maintain speed.

The 4.10 gears will help, but I would recommend staying with the factory tire size 245/75/16. Most of the 2000-2006 chevys that I see have been "upgraded" to 265/75/16 or 285/75/16 which reduces the effective gear ratio and hurts your towing.

You will be ok so long as you have have reasonable expectations for acceleration and power. Don't be afraid to rev it, you'll have too to get the power that you need.
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I guess Iím the odd man out here but there is no way I could buy a 2004 2500 gasser with 134,000 miles to pull a camper with. The land must have been cheap
Why? I tow with a 2006 gasser with 150k, tows just fine. More reliable than my wifes new dodge. Stay on top of maintenance and dont beat them to death and they with run a long time.
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I have to agree with above, an 04 gaser with 134,000 miles on it. That is the very reason I got new with diesel. An 04 pickup is 15 years old. I hear people talk about maintenance on diesel, an oil change and filters every 5,000 miles and if newer, DEF at $8 per 2.5 gallons which lasts about 2,000 miles towing. I don't see that as a problem and diesel's being a much better TV. A 15 year old truck will have problems that need replacement. Good Luck
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Pokey,

The 6.0 will pull your 10K RV but it will have it's hands full. I have a 2003 Express van with the 6.0 and 4.10 gears and a 2004 Suburban 8.1 with 4.10 gears. The Suburban pulls much better than the 6.0.

You have the Gen3 LQ4 6.0 that makes 300hp/360tq. The engine is very durable but will not win any races.

With the 4l85e trans you will be towing in 3rd gear (1:1 ratio) running 2700-2900 rpms at 60-65 mph. Even moderate grades will require 2nd gear and 4000-4500 rpms to maintain speed.

The 4.10 gears will help, but I would recommend staying with the factory tire size 245/75/16. Most of the 2000-2006 chevys that I see have been "upgraded" to 265/75/16 or 285/75/16 which reduces the effective gear ratio and hurts your towing.

You will be ok so long as you have have reasonable expectations for acceleration and power. Don't be afraid to rev it, you'll have too to get the power that you need.
Thanks for the information. I know from researching before I bought it that it will work for my need and like you said, it's not going to win any races. I'll be in no rush while traveling and mainly highway until getting to my destination.
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