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Old 05-04-2014, 10:59 PM   #21
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Old 05-04-2014, 11:17 PM   #22
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Towing with a 4.8 chevy, anyone?

I currently tow with a Chevolet Silverado crew cab with the 4.8L, rear wheel drive and my trailer is a Cruiselite 181BHXL, I have 141k plus miles on truck. With no tow package but the Silverado is slightly modify, throttle plate spacer and free flow muffler(flow master) and a second tranny cooler in line with the factory one, the temps never gone past 210 so far. I have towed up the mountains here on 6% grade at 3500 RPMs and mostly at 2-2500 RPMs, it's doable but I would avoid using the cruise control as it will rev pass 3500 RPMs.

I opted out on upgrading the rear end as this is my everyday vehicle. IMHO I would stick with the bigger motor or a new truck with at least a 5.3L motor, especially since you have a bigger trailer.

But you are towing once or twice a year you should be ok, as long as your traveling on nearly flat grounds and not mountains.
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Old 05-04-2014, 11:39 PM   #23
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You'll be tight on your rated weights, but depending on how you load it up you may be fine. Rule of thumb is that most folks carry 750-1,000 pounds over dry weight before whatever fresh water you might carry. I'm at a known 744 pounds over dry, no water, no food, no clothes.

So, trailer dry specs at 4,050lbs, if you add 750lbs, 4,800 total. What I found is that your truck has a 5,500lb towing capacity, with the towing option. Add the coolers, do what you can to get it to the factory towing spec.

You'll be cutting it close, but you'll likely come in ok weight wise. My concern will be in the actual towing of the thing. 302HP is good, but 305ft-lbs of torque concerns me. That's a decision you'll have to make though, might pull it fine.

Good luck with it and keep us posted on how it does!
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Old 05-04-2014, 11:55 PM   #24
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Thanks! Will definitely keep you posted on how it goes. You might have to wait till August though
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but he owns 2 trucks and plans on selling the bigger one to push the smaller one to its limit. Probably get the same MPG with the bigger one as not having to run it as hard. I'm guessing there is more to this than what we are being told
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... I'm guessing there is more to this than what we are being told
I'm guessing it might not be any of our business either.

He already stated he's going to keep the 4.8 and he's only towing once or twice a year. Regardless of how badly he's overloaded. I don't think he's going to tear anything up unless his once or twice towing is 4 or 5,000 miles each.
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Big one has 205000 miles, its also an extended cab. Being With a 5 yearold kid by myself its a real pain in the ***** with ext cab. I want full doors, full seats. Plus i got the 2011 truck for 8k. Its costing me 6k to fix it. I bought it last year.
As i said earlier, i will tow the trailer once a year. Other than that it stays in one spot
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Btw both of my trucks are gas and propane powered
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gotcha. Making more sense now
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