Originally Posted by scubieman
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
You do know what GVWR is, right? You have mentioned it and what you think the trailer weighs twice now so I just wanted to be sure you knew.
GVWR is NOT how much weight the truck can tow.
GVWR is the BASE weight of the truck, plus all of the options installed, (4WD, accessories and such) fuel and a driver PLUS the payload. Payload can consist of, your friends and family and their stuff or whatever you are hauling in the cab or in the bed or a combination of both.
Base weight + options/accessories + Payload = Gross Vehicle Weight, and in your case the total needs to be <7K
Now, you need to find out what the truck weighs with just you and fuel in it, subtract that number from the GVWR and that will leave you with the usable weight, or payload. Then weigh the truck again full of friends/family/ camping stuff/bikes/firewood/compressors/generators/gascans/etc etc and that will tell you what you have for a total.
Hopefully you are still <7K.
Next, you need to find out the tongue weight of the trailer, when you do, add it to the payload. Be careful here, this is where most people with heavy trailers and "marginal" 1/2 tons (and even some 3/4 tons) go above not only the GVWR but over the GAWR of the rear axle of the truck.
You need to check your door placard that tells you GVWR, it will also tell you GAWR Front & Rear. You may also want to find the GCWR, depending on how it was equipped from factory, this number may be a deal killer.