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Old 05-05-2014, 08:37 PM   #31
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:19 AM   #32
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Sounds like you are in the same boat I am. I got a really good deal on a 2010 F-150 w/ the 4.6L. Much to my surprise, there were two permutations of the 4.6L and two permutations of the 5.4L in 2010. Of course I have the weakest of the 4 engines. So my tow rating is 5,300 lbs with a CGWR of 10,600 lbs. I am right at the CGWR and the truck really knows its back there. I would never have guessed that there was a full sized v8 truck made that didn't have much better ratings than I have. Heck, the top 5.4L has a CGWR rating of 15,000 to 16,000 lbs. I bet the guy who had the truck before me upgraded for better towing.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:32 AM   #33
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I will definitely weight my truck trailer combo. I stopped at a truck weight station one day and it was saying "error" when i drove onto it. Will have to check that out. As i said earlier i dont have much stuff in the trailer, few cups, plates, 32" led tv, sheets, sleeping bag, some light food in the trailer. I never travel with any of the tanks filled. If i install the extra leafs, wdh, my P3 i think i will be fine. Its the 4.8 that worries me, love the 6L on my big one
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:12 PM   #34
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I would never have guessed that there was a full sized v8 truck made that didn't have much better ratings than I have.
Yeah, all those truck towing commercials would make you think every truck can do it. In reality, only a small percentage are really set up for pulling that monster trailer you see in the ad.
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A really good deal on a V6 truck is a vehicle optioned for the soccer mom van replacement.
As Truck Trend said earlier this year, the Explorer and Tahoe/Yukon have gone downside with the high rear end axle gearing, soft suspension, and P tires, with weight reductions as well to make it ride better and get more gas mileage in some of their 2013/14 models for mom's taxi.
You can tow, but not a 7000 lb. trailer. Read the build sheet first based on the VIN at the dealer.
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Well, tommorow is the day! I installed a derale 8000 cooler on the tranny. Will see how she does
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:38 PM   #37
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A really good deal on a V6 truck is a vehicle optioned for the soccer mom van replacement.
As Truck Trend said earlier this year, the Explorer and Tahoe/Yukon have gone downside with the high rear end axle gearing, soft suspension, and P tires, with weight reductions as well to make it ride better and get more gas mileage in some of their 2013/14 models for mom's taxi.
You can tow, but not a 7000 lb. trailer. Read the build sheet first based on the VIN at the dealer.
You are so right. I have been looking at the Ford and Chevy SUV's to tow my pop up and am finding that not all of them do.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:14 PM   #38
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vinmaker: I pulled my Roo19 with my Chevy Traverse (5200 lb capacity) one season. Wasn't thrilled, so I got the Silverado. The problem wasn't the weight, but the drag.

However, the HW296 is 3135lb dry; even if you tossed in 1000lbs, you'd still be 1000lbs under the capacity. You wouldn't have the sail effect, so I think you'd do OK. Something to consider. The Traverse is a REALLY smooth ride.

I know a guy in CA pulling a small Hi-Lo with his; he says it pulls fine.
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Kinda close, but I am towing with a 4.7L, 1639 payload, 7300 total towing capacity, and gross trailer weight of about 5600. I have a good WDH and mine still moves the truck around a little which leads me to believe that I am close to max limits.
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To Florida with 4.8 2009 silverado

I was worried about towing a fully loaded 26bh (5800lbs) with a 2009 silverado 4.8 ,3.42 axle, 4x4, 4spd trans with tow package, equilizer wd and sway hitch. Had it weighed and all is good except I was about 800lbs over GCVW. We took it Fort wilderness 3 weeks ago. Took I65 from Brighton MI to avoid mountains. It pulled and handled great, averaged about 10mpg. Am about 5hrs from home, took I-75 through the so called mountains and the truck really surprised me. Had no problem up mountains or down. We are now in a great campground north of Lexington KY and will be leaving in an hour. So far average is almost 10mpg. Normally driving a car to wdw I drive straight through (bout 18hr) but towing the camper, 8hr is a good day. Will be doing this again in the spring.
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