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Old 10-14-2013, 09:18 PM   #21
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Bikendan: Don't want to start any kind of "argument," but per my owners manual, the smallest V-8 tow rating is 4700 lbs for a 4.8L V-8, 3.23 rear end, 2WD extended cab. Most any hybrid with a slideout will be quite a a bit heavier than this, which is how I ended up with a Roo-19 (no slideout, GVWR ~4700lbs), because I was originally towing it with Traverse rated for 5200 lbs. This meant I had 10% margin, but I quickly realized it wasn't enough.

Now this is funny: The 2WD Regular Cab, standard box, with a 4.3L V-6 and 3.73 rear end is rated for 500 lbs MORE (5200 lbs) than the truck I quote above. In theory, this should pull my Roo-19 OK, but based on my Traverse experience, I would be doubtful.

I see you have an Avalanche. The 2009 (same year as my Silverado) Trailer Life Towing Guide shows that the 5.3L V-8 with 3.08 rear end is only rated for 5000 lbs, vs the best one, which is a 5.3L V-8 with a 3.42 rear end and cooling package which is rated for 8100 lbs.

So "decent" may still not be enough, depending on exactly what you mean by "decent." Since your definition of "decent" may be different than someone else's, I say, "best to check than be sorry," rather than lead someone astray.

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Old 10-15-2013, 01:44 AM   #22
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i do agree with you, rockfordroo, that all should check their truck's specs first, no matter what my definition of "decent" is.
a lot of pickups are "grocery getters", not true towers but most have v-6 engines.
majority of GM pickups have the 5.3 not the 4.8 and the majority of Ford pickups have the 5.4, not the 4.6.

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