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Old 08-07-2016, 08:41 AM   #1
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I am looking at a new FR Flagstaff super lite. The number is 29fbss. Not 100% sure on the weight but somewhere between 5900 and 6400 lbs. I have an 03 Chevy Silverado 4x4 with the 5.3. My question, is this enough truck? The salesman says so by the Internet and what the truck is supposed to be able to pull. How does it really handle it. Anyone have this setup or one similar? Thanks Aaron.

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Old 08-07-2016, 11:33 AM   #2
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I'd be more interested in knowing the hitch weight of the trailer. I think those 00-04 series Chevy have a hitch weight rating of #500 pounds. A 29 foot box means you probably have more than 500 pounds on the tongue. I would recommend a weight distribution hitch for sure. IMO... I tow a 27 foot TT with a half ton. handles fine with a sway bar and 3 point hitch. It's a short bed 2015 F150 5.0 equipped with HD tow package and Trans cooler. I was impressed with how it tows, thought I'd have to buy a new diesel.

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Old 08-07-2016, 02:55 PM   #3
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I tow a Rockwood 2702ss with a '15 Silverado half ton V6 and it pulls it fine (32', 28' box, 5600 lbs empty). I also had an '01 Siverado V6 and the two don't compare. The '15 has 285 hp with about 285 lb.ft torque. I would check on your ratings and not rely on a salesman for info. What is your hp?
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:20 PM   #4
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Their website says 730 lbs on the tongue. I have a weight distribution hitch on my Jayco Jay feather. I am going to have it put on the new one if I get it. I also have the sway bar lock thing too. I think it is supposed to have 285 hp according to what I can find on it.
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:21 PM   #5
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Unless you have a low gear rear end, you will not be happy. It will do ok on the flats, but really struggle in hills. Been there done that with a 2001.
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:43 PM   #6
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I have 2016 Silverado Z71, double cab, 5.3, 3.42:1 gears and I tow a Flagstaff Super Lite 29KSWS. It tows just fine with a Reese WDH with sway control.
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Old 08-07-2016, 07:32 PM   #7
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I am going to say you are will tow it just fine, but you won't win ANY races going up a hill
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Old 08-07-2016, 07:41 PM   #8
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I tow a 27ft Flagstaff Super lite, about 7000lbs loaded, with a Ram 5.7 4X4 with a 3.21 axle. I have no problem towing at 55 MPH and get about 11.5 MPG. Bigger may be better, but we are happy being middle of the road.
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Old 08-07-2016, 07:46 PM   #9
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I would HIGHLY recommend you break out your owners manual and read it.

My 2009 Silverado manual listed 99 (yes, 99!!) permutations of the 1500, based on engine, transmission, cab size, bed size, towing package, rear end gearing, etc. The towing capacity of these 99 permutations ran from 4,000 lbs to 12,000 lbs. So unless your RV salesman asked you SPECIFICALLY which Silverado you have (yeah, right - ) I wouldn't believe a word he says. I'd also be leery of anyone on this forum, too, because they don't really know which Silverado you have, either.

You need to find out what the REAL tow capacity of YOUR specific Silverado is and go from there. Also look at the payload limit that's on the sticker on the B-pillar of your drivers door. Anything you add to the truck except the driver is payload. This means wife, kids, dog, stuff, trailer tongue weight, WDH, etc.

Good luck. As one point of reference I pulled my Mini Lite 2503S for 1-1/2 seasons with the 2009 Silverado in my signature below. It was rated for 7,500 lb towing. It was OK, but I'm in the flat Midwest. I did not want to take it in any real mountains, so now I've got a 2500.
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Old 08-09-2016, 05:30 PM   #10
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I had an 03 Chevy 1/2 ton with 5.3l and 3:73 diff gear. Tow capacity was listed as 7,400 lbs. Our trailer (21WRS V-Lite) weighs in at around 6,000 lbs. loaded up. The truck pulled the trailer alright. We pulled it over the mountains in PA and upstate NY without any problems. I did trade up to a 3/4 ton gassser though. I think it's more important to make sure that your rig is within its combined vehicle weight rating, rather than just looking at the towing capacity. Also make sure you won't exceed its tongue weight rating (think that's around 800lb for your truck). Towing capacity can be misleading sometimes. If you search this forum you will find lots of useful info on the subject. I did. 🙂

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