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Old 07-05-2013, 11:01 AM   #51
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4.10 gears will pull better but will eat your lunch on everyday driving as far as gas mileage. You can always drop down to a lower gear if you need with the 3.73 gear.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:08 AM   #52
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Whatever you do, don't take the salesman's word for what the truck is equipped with. Make him get you the options list for your VIN. Then verify that the options list shows the 3.73 or 4.10, whichever it is you want.

As someone else said, the salesmen will tell you ANYTHING to move the metal!
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:05 PM   #53
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Professionally installed gears, materials and all will be between $700 to $1500 per axle. and I would strongly recommend having someone who does gear/axle work all the time to do it. One little thing off and you will be out thousands on everything new in a housing.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:21 PM   #54
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Whatever you do, don't take the salesman's word for what the truck is equipped with. Make him get you the options list for your VIN. Then verify that the options list shows the 3.73 or 4.10, whichever it is you want.

As someone else said, the salesmen will tell you ANYTHING to move the metal!
Hey now... there are dealers out there with integrity
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:54 PM   #55
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Recently upgraded my tow vehicle but was towing my 35' 6970lb (dry) Tacer with a 2007 "Hoe". Needless to say I was WAY over my limits and it didn't take me long to admit it.
One thing that I don't see mentioned here that need to be is the tranmission. A word of caution on making TV decisions to gain power, make sure that you have not only the extra power you want, but that you don't over do your trans.
My "Hoe" had the 4:10 ratio with the 5.3 V8 and airbag additions. But Chevy lacks on the trans.cooling.
Make sure before you switch to a "Burb" that your not stepping down from your existing trans cooler to something without.

Having towed with a gasser and now a diesel, I can say that there is no way I'd go back to gas. If you can budget it, I recommend switching. Also when towing my rig, my RAM does 3.5 MPG better on the fuel than the Tahoe.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:07 PM   #56
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I may as well throw in my 2 cents.
My trailer scales at 7500 loaded and I have an '06 GMC 1500 HD 4x4 crew cab 6l and 373 gears. The truck weight alone with a full tank is 6400lb., and has a 6 1/2 ft. box. Have towed this combo approx 20,000 mi. thus far. Have never had problems with lack of power. One could run 75mph on any interstate if it was necessary--I generally run the posted speed limit. Have never experienced any sway, using a wdh. and 1 friction sway control. Have driven in all weather conditions.

I've had various TT's and tow vehicles over the years, and this has been the easiest towing combo that I've owned.

No question that a diesel would be even better power-wise, but for a gasser the 6.0l does a more than adequate job. Significantly better than the 5.3 I had before with a lighter trailer.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:15 PM   #57
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Recently upgraded my tow vehicle but was towing my 35' 6970lb (dry) Tacer with a 2007 "Hoe". Needless to say I was WAY over my limits and it didn't take me long to admit it.
One thing that I don't see mentioned here that need to be is the tranmission. A word of caution on making TV decisions to gain power, make sure that you have not only the extra power you want, but that you don't over do your trans.
My "Hoe" had the 4:10 ratio with the 5.3 V8 and airbag additions. But Chevy lacks on the trans.cooling.
Make sure before you switch to a "Burb" that your not stepping down from your existing trans cooler to something without.

Having towed with a gasser and now a diesel, I can say that there is no way I'd go back to gas. If you can budget it, I recommend switching. Also when towing my rig, my RAM does 3.5 MPG better on the fuel than the Tahoe.
Trans is a huge concern and so are breaks. "Common Knowledge" dictates that breaks should be larger and heavier on 3/4 tons than halves but you should always check. A quick google search should be enough. Getting 13K pounds of rolling mass up to speed is one thing... Stopping it is another entirely!
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Recently upgraded my tow vehicle but was towing my 35' 6970lb (dry) Tacer with a 2007 "Hoe". Needless to say I was WAY over my limits and it didn't take me long to admit it.
One thing that I don't see mentioned here that need to be is the tranmission. A word of caution on making TV decisions to gain power, make sure that you have not only the extra power you want, but that you don't over do your trans.
My "Hoe" had the 4:10 ratio with the 5.3 V8 and airbag additions. But Chevy lacks on the trans.cooling.
Make sure before you switch to a "Burb" that your not stepping down from your existing trans cooler to something without.

Having towed with a gasser and now a diesel, I can say that there is no way I'd go back to gas. If you can budget it, I recommend switching. Also when towing my rig, my RAM does 3.5 MPG better on the fuel than the Tahoe.
I believe I made mention of the transmission 2 pages ago.
-And unless you go with a 4.3 or 4.8 BASE MODEL truck or tahoe you will 9.999 times out of 10 have an auxiliary tranny cooler.
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Trans is a huge concern and so are breaks. "Common Knowledge" dictates that breaks should be larger and heavier on 3/4 tons than halves but you should always check. A quick google search should be enough. Getting 13K pounds of rolling mass up to speed is one thing... Stopping it is another entirely!
An easy way to find this info is to look up the brakes, u-joints and such is to look it up on a parts store website- like oreillys and such. They generally list the size or spec of the part. You will usually have to choose between several gvrw on there, so obviously the larger the gvrw the mo re likely that there is a difference in drivetrain components.
-of course if its a gm vehicle difference then I can usually find the difference between different models especially with the vin#s, or I may even know right off the top of my head
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The 3/4 should give you a much more stable feel while towing.
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