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Old 08-21-2018, 08:18 PM   #1
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Towing with a new vehicle

So, we just purchased a new tow vehicle...2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 with 5.3L V8 and 3.42 rear axle ratio and tow package (not max tow package).

We know it will have no problem towing our 21SS.

My question is: I was reading the manual trying to figure something out and looked at the section on towing; it says no towing for the first 500 miles (no problem) but then it says, when you are towing not to exceed 50 mph for the first 500 miles of towing.

My husband can't believe this is true.

Thoughts? Opinions?
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Old 08-21-2018, 08:27 PM   #2
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Do the i itial 500 break in, change oil then enjoy
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Old 08-21-2018, 08:29 PM   #3
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Remember years ago having a new Astro van pulling my PUP. Dealer suggested not maintaining the same speed, but vary the speed up or down every 10 minutes or so. Good luck with the new truck. Wishing for one myself.
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:15 PM   #4
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Lawyers. Like it would protect their negligence if they had not tightened the hitch bolts and you were going 60 MPH when all hell breaks loose.
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:25 PM   #5
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My new 2007 5.3 3.73 Avalanche had the same requirement.
I followed it because I had to make a 4400 mile roundtrip to pick up our new Roo 23SS.
Personally I wouldn't tow without doing the break in period first.
But the 50mph thing is weird. I seem to remember that it was 50mph during the 500 mile break in period.
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:26 PM   #6
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Follow what the manual says.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:02 AM   #7
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Thanks all.

We won't need to tow at all for the first 1,000 miles or so that he drives the truck back and forth to work.

But, we have a trip coming up in late September and he just can't see us doing 50 mph on the interstate the whole way to the campground and back (we are only going about 70 miles away from home).
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:40 AM   #8
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My 2009 GMC K1500 with the same motor had the same requirement. I was able to put 500 miles on it prior to towing.

FWIW my 2017 GMC 2500 has the same requirement.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:48 AM   #9
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As others have stated, follow the manual, change the oil and enjoy! Congrats on the new truck btw.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:56 AM   #10
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Well do what you want. But trucks are bought every day to make a living with. Drove out of the dealer —hooked to their loads and head cross country. These new vehicles are ready to go when you buy them. In my opinion it won’t make two cents worth of a difference either way.

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