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Old 12-29-2012, 08:12 PM   #11
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Forgot to mention that I have a Curt 16k hitch that I bought on short notice without much choice. I plan on getting upgrading to either a 20k Curt hitch or an AirSoft Hitch, before our March trip.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:20 PM   #12
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My maiden voyage after owning my 365 for a solid 48hrs was towing it to Ft Myers Beach and my duramax did wonders. I ran 70mph almost all the way and got 10.5mpg down and back. It pulled much easier than the 6800lb TT that I had towing with a '06 2500HD 6.0. I don't have knowledge on how your big gasser is going to handle your 5er, but the truck frame is solid and has NO problems towing the load. I know I wasn't comfortable towing my "little" trailer with the gasser that I had, but then the newer trucks do much better. You should be fine for the trips you mention.
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My former 09 2500HD 6.0 had a workout towing our previous 9500lb TT, fine on flats but hills were changing gears like crazy and horrible gas mileage (7mpg).
The 6.6 TD we have now tows the heavier Sabre (12K loaded) with no problems at all, couldn't imagine trying that with the gasser though the GM frame could handle it.
BTW, Allison transmission only comes with the Duramax Diesel.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:48 PM   #13
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I appreciate the reassurance on towing. I have been told by many that I will enjoy towing the heavier fiver alot better than the TT at 8000lb and 36ft. Only drawback will be my fuel cost but I'm used to it. Get about 7-8mpg towing now but I am not in it for the fuel efficiency since I only use the TV, on average, once a month. Most of my trips are 2 hours or less from home. I have two longer distance trips planned in 2013.

I have settled on the B&W turnover companion hitch. I ordered the trailair equiflex suspension and trailair rubberized pin box on the fiver. I have not installed the hitch yet so any feedback, negative or positive will be appreciated.

I purchased the TV used a couple of years ago and have been very pleased with the performance. I went to my local Chev dealer and got a build sheet indicating the 5sp allison transmission. Whatever is in there is mighty smooth!!
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:44 PM   #14
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I have the B&W companion and love it. I did not like the ideal of having bed rails in the truck when the hitch is removed,so that is why I went with the B&W. just make sure you torque the center bolt to 40ft lbs and the U bolts to 80ft lbs.

FYI you could get the Allison Transmission with the 8100 gas motor.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:57 PM   #15
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Bowtie,

Thanks for the feedback!! Is removing it from the bed a one man job? It comes apart in two pieces, correct? How heavy is each piece? Used to do some power lifting when I was younger...the problem now is my mind says yes you can and my body says..Oh s@*$!!
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:24 AM   #16
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My bad...GM did offer the Allison tranny only with the 8.1 gasser...that's great, you'll need every bit of it towing a heavier 5'ver.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:24 AM   #17
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Welcome to the Forest River Forums! I know I came to this party a little late but looks like you are in good hands hands.

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