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Old 03-20-2016, 10:38 AM   #1
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Well, I would post what model ForestRiver TT we have but we have not narrowed the model down yet. I had no idea how detailed it was to buy a trailer. We have a 2013 Silverado CC with towing package but only the 3.42 gear ratio. We like the 30 ft models but don't want to buy a new truck. Would like the Apex UL 235BHS but trying to pay $15,000 cash. Would my truck struggle? Getting mixed answers. Thanks for any advice from people with similar set ups!
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:45 AM   #2
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1500/tow rating?

Plan on pulling any mountains west of the Mississippi?
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:48 AM   #3
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Nope. Just beach areas and other normal places. Could also do the mountains here in NC.
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:51 AM   #4
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Ok.

On the drivers door post there is a yellow sticker, what weight can your truck haul/tow?
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:59 AM   #5
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Well, I should have answered correctly! Yes, a 1500. I'm looking again at this very generic manual.
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:12 AM   #6
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The trailer you mentioned is definitely light enough for your truck. I'm not very familiar with Chevy performance but it should do just fine. Of course, lotsa folks here will tell you anything less than a Freightliner Sporthauler is unacceptable. Hopefully someone with the same/similar truck and trailer combo will be able to give you the info you really need. I do know that my Ram 1500 5.7 hemi wouldn't have any problem at all with a 6,500 pound (max for the Apex 235). Wind resistance is going to be more of a factor than weight when you see the really low MPG numbers.
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:17 AM   #7
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Another factor is what engine size you have in your 1500 and does it have a tow package. Later RJD
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:43 AM   #8
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finally some info! After finally finding the chart for the build codes for my truck I have the K5L code which indicates the HD cooling package and along with the axle ratio of 3.42, manual states a 9,500 lb maximum trailer weight. So a 6500lb trailer should be ok as long as I don't have 4000lbs of cargo. Thanks for the replies. I hope this info is correct. Now, lets find the dealer that wants to accept cash instead of making points on the finance!
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:47 AM   #9
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How does that information compare to the sticker on the door post?
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:56 AM   #10
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sticker only has GVWR of 7000lb 5500truck weight plus 1500 cargo weight. only other sticker I found was on rear driver side door stating tire size and pressures.
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