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Old 01-25-2020, 03:30 PM   #1
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I have a 2005 Chevy 2500 8.1 with an Allison transmission. What I need to know is if I would be able to tow a fifth wheel that has a 14,500 dry weight. The hitch is about 2,800, and over all weight is around 16,500. The new unit is 41.6 feet. Has anyone towed that weight with a 2500. Thanks
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I have a 2005 Chevy 2500 8.1 with an Allison transmission. What I need to know is if I would be able to tow a fifth wheel that has a 14,500 dry weight. The hitch is about 2,800, and over all weight is around 16,500. The new unit is 41.6 feet. Has anyone towed that weight with a 2500. Thanks

Your payload is probably around 2,500 so you'll be way over that. But lots of people are doing it.

This is the most divisive discussion on this forum.....zillions of discussions on this very thing.
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Regular cab? Rear End? I see that motor and transmission have the possibility of towing your weight and then some. You might be close to your trucks GVW and rear axle weight depending on what the truck weighs all loaded and ready to travel.
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I have an extended cab and long box 4 wheel drive and 396 rear end. Thanks.
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You'll be overweight, and you'll probably be struggling power wise. I mean I think that engine is in the low 300s for hp and mid 400's for torque.. I just don't see that being pleasant with 16K unless its mostly flat terrain, which it may be.
I know this 8.1's are workhorses but thinking your pushing its limits. I think the tow limits are like 10K or so aren't they?
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You'll be overweight, and you'll probably be struggling power wise. I mean I think that engine is in the low 300s for hp and mid 400's for torque.. I just don't see that being pleasant with 16K unless its mostly flat terrain, which it may be.
I know this 8.1's are workhorses but thinking your pushing its limits. I think the tow limits are like 10K or so aren't they?
That motor, transmission, and gear is much higher than 10k for towing. My 6L, GM transmission, and 3:73 is rated at 10k towing.
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I have no idea whether you’d be over the “towing” (i.e. pulling) limit of your truck but I strongly suspect you’d be well over its GVWR and possibly its RAWR (i.e the weight it can carry/support). You may hear people say a 2500 is the same as a 3500 SRW except for some suspension component. Don't believe that without verifying it first.

Everybody has their own opinion on whether exceeding those ratings is something to be concerned about. You’ll have to decide that for yourself.
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OP previously stated he owned this same 2005 TV and Cedar Creek 5'er in his Nov. 2016 post. Has something changed to be inquiring today about towing this same combo?
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OP previously stated he owned this same 2005 TV and Cedar Creek 5'er in his Nov. 2016 post. Has something changed to be inquiring today about towing this same combo?
OP asked in post #1 if he could tow the 'new unit'.
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That motor, transmission, and gear is much higher than 10k for towing. My 6L, GM transmission, and 3:73 is rated at 10k towing.
Im seeing about 12K for an extended cab 3500 with the 8.1. Sure it fluctuates some based on options etc..
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My big concern is that rig is going to run you up against the rear GAWR and tire load capacity once you start putting stuff into it.

If it were me, I wouldn’t do it.
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I have a 2005 Chevy 2500 8.1 with an Allison transmission. What I need to know is if I would be able to tow a fifth wheel that has a 14,500 dry weight. The hitch is about 2,800, and over all weight is around 16,500. The new unit is 41.6 feet. Has anyone towed that weight with a 2500. Thanks

this is one ton dually territory with 4.10's imo....


that is a 15 year old truck as well... Maybe start looking for a new 6.6L gas one ;o)
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OP, that truck is rated to tow about 16k with a gooseneck. (12k for a bumper pull TT). You are already over 14k unloaded, and your overall weight is over capacity. Additionally, as some stated here, you will also be over payload.

IMHO, if you already have this set up try it for your type of camping. You will likely know before you get to your destination if this will work for you or not. If you take short trips it may not be problematic. But I wouldn’t go across the country like this. If you plan to go up Utah mountains-no way.

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