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BradGalloway

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Posted: 03/31/19 04:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for everyone's help. I really appreciate it. I'm feeling like I 'might' not kill the truck if I get this TT, but feeling like I shouldn't. We were also interested int the Vibe 268RKS, but losing one slide only drops the dry weight to 6540lbs, 617lbs less than the 288RLS. Not sure what to do now!

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Posted: 03/31/19 04:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500. Towed a trailer that loaded was ~6800 lbs.

I didn't want to go any heavier than that.

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I like a 3/4 ton for that trailer.

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I towed a TT about the weight that you posted with a half ton Chev with the 5.7 eng. It towed it ok but stopping it was a slight problem. At about 21.000 miles
the trans blew up. Had the trans rebuilt then sold the truck and bought a 3/4
Ford with the V10 eng. What a difference, like night and day. IMHO I would buy a smaller , lighter weight TT


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

BradGalloway wrote:

Thanks for the reply. I have a 5.3 EcoTec3 V8 (L83) 2WD Crew Cab with 3.42 rear end.

I plan on mostly flat. Wind is regular, but not terrible here. Just didn't want an unsafe load or really kill the truck.


higher (3.73) rear axle ration

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a 3.42 is a higher gear than a 3.73. Even though the numbers are higher. The gear itself is quite a bit lower. Providing more torque to the rear wheels. Higher numbered gear ratios are lower gears than lower numbered gear ratios.
Not tryin to be smart. Just thought you would like to know. If you didn't.

If you had ever seen them run together you would better understand. With a higher numbered gear. The pinion just spins like a top, while the ring only goes around a couple times. Pretty cool to watch thru the tester window.


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My wifes 2016 1500 chevy 5.3 has 355hp and 383 torque (same as the OPs truck) with a 6 speed tranny and 3.42 gears.
It pulls a 10k car hauler with my 11' 6 ' tall blue cab'd tractor with around 8500 lb on the trailers axles and 1080 on the trucks 4000 rawr. The longest runs I make is around 250 miles out. Nothing wrong with the 3.42 gears with the 6 speed or the 8 speed tranny. IMO some are still stuck in the 3.42 gears and the old 4 speed tranny era.
I doubt you will like pulling a TT with a 7150 dry weight that may weigh in the 8k-8.5k range after loading for very long. Its going to struggle in the hills and in high head winds.

GM max tow (NHT) package comes with higher 7600 GVWR and 4300 rawr. The 5.3 with 355/383 numbers does a good job for what it is. The optional 6.2 gives us a 420hp/460 torque. The 6.2 with the NHT package 8 speed tranny would have no problems with that size trailer.


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Based on my experience towing a trailer that weighs close to 7000 I think you should have no problem.

My 2012 was 5.3 6spd 3:42
The 2017 is 5.3 8spd 3:42.

With both trucks we have been all over North America. At times you do have the engine at higher revs but that doesn't hurt.

The 2017 has 50 more HP than the 2012 6spd we had/

I find with our Equal-i-Zer hitch that we get no push from transports passing on freeways.


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Go ahead and buy the one you want (288). I wouldn't say it's "unsafe" at all, my point was that your performance expectations just have to be realistic. When you have a relatively big load for a given tow vehicle, it just means that the "headroom" to deal with adverse towing conditions (hills, wind, mountains) is slimmer. A combo like that for trips to a local campground will be just fine. Now, try loading it fully and wanting to go across the country - and that would make you want to shop for more truck.


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Don't see myself ever going across county with a trailer. I'll upgrade to an RV before I do that! I also looked at the items I normally would take and figured my truck fully loaded will be right at 6400 lbs. With the 268rks with my load would be about 7100 max. Staying on flat land at 1.5hrs max will be all I do with this rig. Largest hill will be an overpass. I decided on the 268rks since it doesn't have that extra slide on the 'leisure' side of the camper and it's a bit lighter and a bit cheaper. Thought it is 34ft long vs the 33ft 288. Thanks, everyone.

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Posted: 04/01/19 07:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Don't see myself ever going across county with a trailer. I'll upgrade to an RV before I do that!

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The TT your asking about is a RV so what does a upgrade to a RV mean ???

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