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Old 09-21-2014, 11:37 AM   #1
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Hi all,
So, before we can buy the Keystone trailer, we need a TV.
Springdale 266RL has a GVWR of 7700 lbs. The tow vehicle should be able to tow this amount. UVW will be less about 6200 lbs. +/-.

Looking at a 1500 Silverado and need some input on the engine.
It has VORTEC 5.3L V8 SF motor.
Will that pull Pennsylvania, NY, WV & VA hills?
Iím thinking a 6.0 is needed.
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Old 09-21-2014, 01:16 PM   #2
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Having towed almost the same exact TT in a Heartland Northtrail 26LRSS @7300lbs loaded and 31' OAL with a 2010 F150 5.4, IMO a 3/4 ton gasser is a better choice. The 5.4 and 5.3 are pretty similar in power. We traded the F150 in on a 12 Ram 2500 CTD and it made a world of difference. With the 1/2 ton the truck and trailer it never felt totally connected. It did with the 2500. I always felt the 2500 was more in control of things. FWIW you very rarely read posts about guys with 3/4 tons towing TT's and having issues. 95% of tow issues involve 1/2 ton trucks towing TT's. Probably because they think that 9500-11,000 tow rating is for real and end up buying too much TT for their truck.
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Old 09-21-2014, 03:19 PM   #3
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I've pulled our 6,000 lbs 24 foot Rockwood and now our 9,000 lbs 30 foot Grey wolf with my 2010 chevy 1500 cc. It pulls fine. I have never felt unsafe pulling. I actually think the GW pulls better than the lighter trailer as far as sway but the lighter trailer never felt like it was there unless passing a truck. Once you get the mindset that I am not going to set the cruise to 75 on the interstate your fine. I am in no hurry either way so maybe I am the exception.

I've pulled through the mountains with only one time that I had a power issue but I was also having a mechanical issue with a hung up rear brake not related to the trailer pulling. If I full timed it I would do a bigger truck but I am a weekend warrior. The 16 - 18 mpg as an every day driver is more important.

I will be adding timbrins or airbags just simply to take some sag out , but I by no means need them. I have put thousands of miles on my truck with this setup. YMMV but I think you'll be just fine.

EDIT: from SEPA and have pulled the hills of PA NY all down the east coast to GA and up to the far north east
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Old 09-21-2014, 04:26 PM   #4
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Towed a 30ft, 8400pd Sprinter loaded up with my Ram 1500. Had lots of power but lots of movement with any speed over 60mph. Added a reese dual cam anti sway system, airbags and E rated tires, the airbags made the most difference but still some strong movements with any wind. There was enough movement for me that I would be fairly tired after towing 3 to 4 hrs.

Have a freind trying to haul a windjammer 34ft, weighs around 7000 pds dry with a 2014 chev, 5.3' 3.73 rear quad cab truck and not have the best experience at this time. He has only hauled it maybe 60 miles but is waiting on an equalizer hitch before he tries again.

Personally I am much more comfortable in a 3/4 ton plus, gas or diesel as there is plenty of power to pull it in either. It is the controlling it I had issues with, could be that I am just nervous about hauling after some bad experiences.
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Old 09-25-2014, 05:55 AM   #5
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This might be the one...496 ci Allison tranny 10 mpg
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Old 09-25-2014, 07:08 AM   #6
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From the pictures the truck looks brand new! It will get the job done for sure, price seems a bit high though for an 02 gas, that would be in around the 9 to 10 k area here but the 8.1 engine may make it worth a lot more. Like the add says I have not seen many of them.
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:27 AM   #7
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This might be the one...496 ci Allison tranny 10 mpg
'02 GMC 2500Hd
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You may want to look up/message Speedcat who is a FRF member here as he recently sold his 8.1 gasser...towed a lot heavier trailer than you and had no complaints.
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:39 AM   #8
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I have a 2012 Silverado LT with the tow package, 5.3 engine. I tow a 2007 Puma 30QBSS that sticker says weighs 7270 lbs. I went on the 1st outing with it on a 300 mile round trip. I have a Reese WDH with a anti-sway on it. Towed on I-75 at 60-65 mph with no issues. Passed by 18 wheelers going 70 plus and no sway whatsoever. Averaged about 9 mpg
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Old 09-25-2014, 10:12 AM   #9
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Now I’m thinking it’s too much truck for my needs. It’s an ’02, poor gas mileage and it is high priced.

Looking at Swap a Lease on a ’12 Silverado1500HD w/ Heavy Duty TRAILERING & TOW PACKAGE (16,500lb)!! and very low miles. It has a low buy out at the end of the 13 month lease. Not sure about 16,500lb, but it should get the job done. And it’s newer. Hate truck shopping!
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:04 AM   #10
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So, need a little feedback.
Looking at a 2005 2500 Silverado with a 4.10 rear. Test drove it on some back roads, bit it shimmied quite a bit over 50 mph.
Tested a similar 2003 and no problem. Dealer thinks the wheels are too small and is going to swap them.
If its a smooth ride, its sold.
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