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Old 03-28-2011, 10:24 PM   #1
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8312SS Tow Vehicle Chev 1500

Hello I seem to find mixed reviews about my Truck. Is anybody towing a 7000lb dry TT with a Chev 1500 5.3l with 3.73 gears? Either a 8312ss or any other TT with a similar dry weight.

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Old 03-29-2011, 10:16 PM   #2
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I'm towing an 8315BSS without any problems. I think the 5.3l may be light on power. You will also need a good hitch like an equalizer, hensley or a pullrite.

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Old 03-31-2011, 10:01 PM   #3
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:06 PM   #4
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The truck will do it, but it might not be happy. I pulled a 7k lb trailer with an F-150 before switching to a diesel. The truck did it just fine, but I knew she wasnt meant to do it long term. Whats the hitch weight?
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:22 PM   #5
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Dry hitch weight is 928 lbs. I will have an equilizer hitch!
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:16 AM   #6
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I tow a rockwood 8313 with a 99 silverado 5.3 and 3.73 rear end wth the factory heavy duty towing package. Over 5000 miles and no problem.I drive 60 MPH and get about 10MPG towing.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:48 PM   #7
I just tow the TT for DW!
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Had a 2007 F150 with 5.4L and 3.73 up until last week. Just ordered a 2012 Windjammer 3008W that's around 7k dry, and the day before I ordered the TT, I traded my '07 F150 for an '08 F250. Nothing wrong with my F150, and towing my previous Keystone Outback 21rs with a loaded weight of 6k was a good fit with my Equalizer WDH. However, the biggest reason for me wanting to upgrade was due to payload capacity considering the dry tongue weight of my Outback was only 375 lbs and the Windjammer's is double that. Could my F150 tow the Windjammer? Sure, it's well within the F150's tow rating, which was 9200 lbs, however I was already very near my payload capacity just towing the Outback, once I factored in passengers, cargo in the truck's bed like firewood, bikes, grill, other gear, etc, and of course a full tank of gas. The 5.4 was a good motor for what I needed it do. I wasn't going to win any races before when towing the Outback, but I would have been almost afraid to tow the Windjammer up in the mountains with it's additional weight and hitch weight. For me, I felt more comfortable and more safe going to a bigger truck that was more suitable to handle a 34' TT with a dry weight of 7k and could adequately support the tongue weight of a heavier trailer. Others may be just fine using a 1/2 ton to pull the same trailer, and alot may depend on how often, how far, and what kind of roads you tow on. At the very least, I'd say with a tongue weight of 928 lbs, even with a WDH like the Equalizer, by the time you load yourself and your family along with a full tank of gas, you're not going to have much, if any, payload left to put anything in the bed of your truck.


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