Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-25-2015, 07:14 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 36
Can I tow my camper

Hello all. I need some expert advise. I have a shamrock 19 camper. Not sure exactly how much it weighs, but am considering purchasing a 2013 Chevy silverado 2 wheel drive ext can standard box with a 4.8 liter V8 and 3.23 gear ratio. Can this truck pull my camper? Or am I pushing what it can handle? Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks.
__________________

__________________
jscraig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 07:37 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Rrickim63's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 487
Was trying to figure it out. The 3.23 rear end is the killer. Can you have a dealer run the vin to your potential truck to be sure of everything?
__________________

__________________
2006 Roo 23B hybrid

2006 Ford F150 4.6L
Rrickim63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 07:41 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Rrickim63's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 487
I forgot to add my dad has 2013 extra cab with 5.3 3.45 rear end and his is rated for 6,000 lbs max.
__________________
2006 Roo 23B hybrid

2006 Ford F150 4.6L
Rrickim63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 07:51 PM   #4
Done with this
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: KY
Posts: 698
Hitch Weight 344 lbs
Dry Weight 3,524 lbs
Cargo Weight 1,182 lbs
__________________

I'm a little too truthful, I guess.
Y'all have fun in "Fantasy Land".
4mula1fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 07:57 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 22
Max towing capacity for that truck is 4700 pounds. Dry weight is approximately 3500. It is tight. Maybe if you are really careful with loading.
__________________
Shawnmg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 08:33 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
The_Rhino's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 625
Since you haven't purchased the truck yet, there are better options... The 4.8 liter V8 w/3.23 doesn't tow well & the mileage isn't better than larger engine/tranny combos...
__________________
2011 RAM 2500 ST Crew Cab 5.7 Hemi ($14K in '13)
2011 Primetime 3150BHD Touring Edition ($20K in '14)
Days camped in 2017-31
2016-36; 2015-37; 2014-31

The_Rhino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 09:25 PM   #7
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 13,253
what year is the Shamrock?

it's easy to find the weight of it:
if it's older, it will have a white factory weight sticker, in the inside of a cabinet door.
if it's newer, it'll have a yellow factory weight sticker, on the outside of the trailer.

both will show what it weighed when it left the factory.
it doesn't include the battery weight, propane weight, water weight, weight of items added by dealer and of course cargo weight.

that truck, with the smaller v-8 and poor rear end ratio, will be marginal with the trailer loaded but it should be o.k.
but you should have better trucks out there to choose from, for a tow vehicle.

that one is a grocery getter. probably doesn't even have the factory tow package with a 7-pin connector.
__________________
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing a 2014 Ford F150 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Package
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 09:40 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 36
It does have a 7 pin had towing package installed. Does that make a difference?
__________________
jscraig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 09:40 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 36
Sorry 7 pin hd towing package.
__________________
jscraig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 09:48 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 187
Started out our RV with a 2011 Chevy with the 4.8 and 3.23 pulling a Rockwood 2502S. Pulled it just fine on the flatlands of N. Texas.


______________________
MK Clark
2014 Chevy
2015 Windjammer
__________________

__________________
MKClark is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
camper

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:28 PM.