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Old 06-08-2016, 04:52 PM   #21
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The long and short of it is that the van will tow the load. You aren't going to win any land speed records and will struggle on the hills.

You can change your rear axle ratio with a new set of gears to 3.73 or 4.10's and that will get you more pulling power for less than $1,000 installed.

So the question is how much do you tow vs how much driving do you do unloaded?

If you only tow 1% of the time and drive lots unloaded than you might want to keep your 3.42 highway gears. If it is closer to 50-50 if it were me I would change out the gears because $1,000 is cheaper than a new truck
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Old 06-08-2016, 05:02 PM   #22
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#1. I was saying you're van is probably heavier than you think
#2. A lot of v6 engines now have more power than that v8, so you will be very under powered
#3. With that engine, trans, gear ratio you will most likely have an unpleasant towing experience and a very reduced service life of the vehicle.
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The 4L60E trans is a glorified TH 350.....If you decide to use van for towing, and need a trans, there are quite a few after market updates for that trans.....get 'em..
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So far I towed this trailer once and it was actually a breeze but it was only 150 miles and no hills. I'm starting to get a bit concerned. I only camp maybe 5 times a year max and usually a few hours away.


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5 times a year fairly close to home I wouldn't be too concerned. If you plan on having the van another 15 years then maybe.


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mrpep: Remember that GM's numbers are probably based on what they sent out the door at the factory - a stripped down van that someone is going to add a bunch of stuff to. That bunch of stuff is what's adding the weight.
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I called the weight station today and they're open 24 hours a day so plan on going Saturday early morning


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5 times a year fairly close to home I wouldn't be too concerned. If you plan on having the van another 15 years then maybe.


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Old 06-08-2016, 11:42 PM   #29
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I was thinking of going a good 900 miles away to black hills South Dakota but think I might pass now


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So I added a trans cooler and a gage so that I can observe my trans temps. If my temps are under lets say, 190 is it safe to say that I am ok ? I still have not had a chance to weigh my vehicle by the way.
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