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Old 12-09-2010, 06:01 PM   #11
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Do you have the tow/haul transmission? We have a similar setup in our 04 1500 Chevy & primarily run in 3rd gear in the tow/haul mode & our RPM is about 2750 at 60 MPH. Struggle to get much over 9 miles per gallon fuel mileage.
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:11 PM   #12
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I couldn't imagine a total melt down in a couple of years. Depending on how much you use the TT, the worst you will experience is frequent fill-ups and high-revving sound effects.

My wife wishes the breaks were closer together anyway, as she needs a pitt-stop twice as much as I do.

That's kinda funny. Maybe not for her.

Well my dad is a farmer and over hauls his GVWR by a few thousand pounds but only goes like a hour drive. Now my truck temp was at the same as if I was empty with OVERDRIVE in place. With how much I would lose or spend for different truck,gears, anything. It's amost cheaper to just burn up a tranny.

Sooner or later I will upgrade to a diesel when Im rich enough
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:42 PM   #13
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I am getting 7.5 miles to a gallon. A little disappointing but I bought the truck to use it. I do believe final drive is too darn tall. But changing it out will be thousands.
If it is a 2WD gears will probably cost you maybe 200 or so and a few hundred to have them installed plus a few bux for the install kit. A HD 4wd like mine runs abt 1400 to do both sets.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:44 PM   #14
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If it is a 2WD gears will probably cost you maybe 200 or so and a few hundred to have them installed plus a few bux for the install kit. A HD 4wd like mine runs abt 1400 to do both sets.

4x4 is only 1500. I know that's a lot but I would lose a lot more on different truck.

what kind of truck you got?
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:10 AM   #15
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"I run about 2600 to 3000 RPM in third. The kicker is I have to be above 55 miles a hour or my power range is horrible and maybe have to go down into second."

That sounds really strange, what size is the motor? You shouldn't have to run at those RPMs, and driving at 65-75 is ridiculous. Slow down, save gas and your motor.
And don't tow in overdrive, as you'll burn up your tranny. From the sounds of it, you don't have the power to tow in overdrive anyway.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:49 AM   #16
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Pretty basic in my opinion..if you have to beat your truck up to pull the trailer you don't have enough truck.I found that out the hard way.We all struggle in the wind,remember you are trying to pull a big box through the air.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:29 AM   #17
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scubieman, did you even check with the dealer on what gears you have ??? You might already have the lower ratio.

Also, what is your truck rated to tow?? You will probably need the engine, transmission, and cab/bed configuration to determine that.
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sounds like you have the 4.6 v-8, not the 5.3 v-8. without knowing the engine size and rear end ratio, it's hard to figure out.
i agree that your speed is killing your mileage. 65-75mph!
where do you live, Montana?

i have an '07 Chevy Avalanche with the 5.3 v-8 and 3.73 rear end. i pull a similar size/weight HTT.
i average 10-12mpg pulling mine but i rarely go over 65. i usually keep it around 60-62.

and i live out west where we have real mountains!
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I do have the 5.3 motor. I am unsure of gear ratio. Sadly I don't have the money to fix the gear ratio or get new truck if that will help. I mean I do tow it about 7 hours. The wind was bad unless I tailgated a semi. The hills weren't terrible bad they did slow me from about 74 down to 65 maybe 60 depending on hill.

I just ran 3rd all times to hopefully prevent tranny failure and truck did not get hot at all. I think it's just my gearing is horrible.

The truck says 7000 GVWR and trailer is about 5500 dry or 7200 max weight. I just bought it so it was closer to dry weight.

I could bring it to the local trucker scales but even if it says Im way over. I am unsure how to correct it without being expensive
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If you have the 5.3, I don't see why you can't pull it at a reasonable speed. There is no need to go 75 miles an hour. You may be just imagining that it is lugging, or maybe your exhaust is plugged?
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