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Old 11-19-2010, 09:16 PM   #11
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IMHO, while the two overdrive gears in the transmission will help fuel mileage in cruise, the six banger will be taxed quite a bit from a standing start with those rear end gears. You most likely will have trouble starting out on hills, too.
It aint a six cylinder. It is a 5.3L V8. With two overdrive gears and a 3.42 rear end it will be really ugly for towing unless you tow in 4th. No matter what don't expect fuel economy numbers much better than 10.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:13 PM   #12
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I re-read these posts and can't for the life of me figure out where I got the idea he was talking about a 6 cylinder. Long day I guess
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:36 PM   #13
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I have a 2008 Silverado Heavy Duty 1/2 ton with a 6.0 gas engine and a 4:10 rear with the heavy duty tow package, 4 speed auto trans. The tow rating 10,500 lbs, this has a 144" wheel base, this truck tows better then my 1997 GMC 3/4 ton Suburban. The camper i tow is a 2006 8314ss Rockwood approx 34' long, 6,600 lbs dry weight and 7,910 lbs fully loaded, the Silverado does a great job.

Anyone know if the 4:10 rear is still a option on the new 1/2 ton Silverado's or just on the 3/4 ton?
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:17 PM   #14
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The "build it" site shows the 4:10 option to be $100
The site does not show a diesel. It must be an error, since I believe the diesel is available still in the 2500HD
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Old 11-20-2010, 12:27 AM   #15
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OK, hate to say this, but since the FIRST post says "just bought" what are your options? Take it back for a refund? (doubtful) Trade it in for full value on a better towing vehicle? (doubtful). Keep it and see if it is satisfactory? (most likely) There are a lot of replies, and mostly opinions here. Bottom line, you have to be the judge as to whether it fits your needs. If you are asking for a blessing about your truck, we can all give you that, but it won't change the way it tows your camper. Best vehicle for towing usually says PETERBUILT or KENWORTH on it. Best for commuting says HONDA or TOYOTA, (according to the polls). Somewhere in between is the pick up truck. It boils down to will it perform to your satisfaction, 365 days a year. It's a little late to ask after the purchase. I don't mean to offend, and sorry if I have. The last line of your first post does ask for reassurance. Other can only give you their experience, yours will vary. You've got the truck, take it out and see how it does. Good Luck, and safe travel. And by the way, the numbers work on paper, so you should be fine. Just don't enter any races.
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:16 AM   #16
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Windrider, this was an excellent post.

Not only did I miss the number of cylinders, I also missed that it was a "Done Deal." Must have been too tired to think straight. (It happens)


Paul, good luck with the truck and have a great time.
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Just to make it clear the truck is a done deal but we are LOOKING at the trailer so we could always down size.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:49 AM   #18
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Sorry, guess it was my turn to mis-read something. That gives you another option. The truck has the tow package, so it shouldn't take much to go for a "test" tow, if the dealer will let you. Make sure you get on the highway, and go up a long hill starting 45 mph or so. Also as you are looking at trailers, the longer they are, the harder they are to park, you may be to long for some campgrounds, or sites, and are possibly prone to sway more. Also meaner to pull on a windy day. Good luck.
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Old 11-20-2010, 12:00 PM   #19
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Windrider, this was an excellent post.

Not only did I miss the number of cylinders, I also missed that it was a "Done Deal." Must have been too tired to think straight. (It happens)


Paul, good luck with the truck and have a great time.
Lou you had a rough week (maintaing the peace here) so you are entitled to a day off. However we (I'm sure I speak on behalf of most members) do expect you to be back Monday with your clear, concise and accurate posts/advise/opinions.

Go ahead and enjoy your day off but please read the posts just in case I encounter a problem and need you
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I see a lot a negativity here about your trailer choice. That HD tow package 1500 Chevy/GMC is a great truck and will pull that trailer just fine. Go with a smaller trailer and you will regret it. Been there done that. I would highly recommend an integrated weight distribution / sway control hitch system like the Equalizer or Reese dual cam. You would then have a fantastic truck/trailer/hitch setup.
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