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crasster

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Posted: 01/25/20 07:08am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GCWR 16,000
Van weight is 6,129

I have 900 pounds of passengers.

We'd like to tow a 6,660 pound RV. I did the math and included LOTS of details on extra weight.... pretty much we'd have a spare 1,400 to 1,500 pounds (roughly depending on tank levels) amount till we hit GCWR.

With a WD hitch and sway bar, will this van handle the Trailer well? I'm curious how it will do on grades / mountains.

I've pushed it years back with a Toyota Sienna and came within 300 pounds of GCWR on a small KZ. I didn't like it. White knuckled a bunch in Colorado.

I know my Chevy Express is a different class of vehicle totally for towing. This time 1300-1400 pounds off GCWR.

Looking for tips, suggestions, comments, moral support. LOL [emoticon]

Thanks!


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Posted: 01/25/20 07:19am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why did you post this twice?

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Probably because he wasn't sure where it went. Why do you care?

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Posted: 01/25/20 07:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Go for it. Flush the fluids. Let that engine spin to 5000rpm when accelerating or uphill. Use tow/haul mode for transmission. I like to use M5 and M4 to limit the top gear, but many just use drive. Enjoy.


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APT wrote:

Go for it. Flush the fluids. Let that engine spin to 5000rpm when accelerating or uphill. Use tow/haul mode for transmission. I like to use M5 and M4 to limit the top gear, but many just use drive. Enjoy.


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Sounds like you'll be just fine. The only thing I'd add is you might want to go to a LT tire for added stability.


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Posted: 01/25/20 08:06am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP posted that his van has a 9,600 GVWR

So already has LT tires on his 1 ton van


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Posted: 01/25/20 08:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will have no problem, but I would recommend replacing the shocks. It will not win races, but gets the job done. I appreciate the non-towing fuel economy. When you get get over 16 mpg with 10 or more people, it is efficient.


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