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bgum

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Posted: 02/02/20 03:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Save your money re regearing.

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I had a 2000 Silverado with 5.7 and 3.73 rear. Pulled a 6500 Gvwr 24ft fifth wheel and pulled fine around here.
I would think that something 17 years newer would have a bit more hp and with the 6 speed trans would work just fine around here.


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Posted: 02/02/20 05:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You're going to feel the pull going up the mountain at Jelico but there are going to be plenty big rigs in the right lane running 45mph. Pull in behind them, take your time and relax. That's the only place that you are really going to feel it. Unless you plan on making the trip frequently, save your money on changing your gear ratio.

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Posted: 02/02/20 07:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is your '17 1500 chevy 5.3 engine 3.08 a 6 or 8 speed tranny.
Either way with the 3.08 gears just drop down another gear and keep the engine in the power band on steep grades.
My wifes '16 1500 chevy 3.42 gears 5.3 engine crew cab 4wd 6 speed tranny does fine for what it is pulling at its 9400 lb tow rating.
A 5k trailer shouldn't be a issue with that model truck even with a 3.08 and a 6 or 8 speed tranny.


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Its one trip. Pack light, take your time, and be safe. Dont buy a new truck just for it. I think you will be just fine, your not overkill on the weights at all.

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The important thing is to not test tow 7,000 pounds with a 2500HD. I did and purchased the HD immediately, Much more competent tow vehicle, but like many have said, "You can probably get by with what you have". "Probably" I am currently towing with a half ton, but my trailer is now 5,500 pounds loaded for a trip. It does fine.

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JIMNLIN wrote:

Is your '17 1500 chevy 5.3 engine 3.08 a 6 or 8 speed tranny.
Either way with the 3.08 gears just drop down another gear and keep the engine in the power band on steep grades.
My wifes '16 1500 chevy 3.42 gears 5.3 engine crew cab 4wd 6 speed tranny does fine for what it is pulling at its 9400 lb tow rating.
A 5k trailer shouldn't be a issue with that model truck even with a 3.08 and a 6 or 8 speed tranny.


It is the 6spd

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Posted: 02/02/20 08:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think youll be fine.. Man I got 3:42 with a 4 speed.. I go up blueridge mountains no issues. Mile high campground 5000 feet.. Its just slow for me..

Here I hit start of long grade. 4 speed you dog it in 2nd.

https://live.staticflickr.com/video/3937........VhNDliMmFjZjllODU1ZjlmMjUyYjYiLCJ2IjoxfQ
Get a big trans cooler installed.. glad I did mine..

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and 1st gear 3500 rpm pulling.... and pulling... and pulling...

https://live.staticflickr.com/video/3582........U2MzkwOWIwMTQyZjRmNmE1NzYwMjkiLCJ2IjoxfQ


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bshack wrote:

Thanks everyone, I was expecting it was going to come up short. What about a 5.7 crew cab tundra with 9800 lbs towing capacity? Will it handle the grades going up and down with no trouble with the same 5000lb TT? No white knuckles?


A Tundra will pull that weight up and down those hills without breaking a sweat. I’ve done bigger with more weight with ease. Great engine and standard 4.30 gears are good for pulling hills.


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Posted: 02/02/20 10:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

time2roll wrote:

bshack wrote:

What if I changed my axel ratio to a 3.42? Night and day or not worth it?
If you have six or more gear transmission I would not change the rear. You may use 1-2-3 a bit more than 4-5-6 and that is fine.


They had either a 6 or 8 speed transmission in 2017. Both have a really deep 1st gear so that will compensate for the rear end ratio. If you aren't towing in the mountains regularly, I agree...leave it alone. It will get you up the hills with the current rear end you just might be running in a lower transmission gear but the engine RPM won't be drastically different if you put in a different rear end.

But switching rear ends will hurt your MPG in daily driving...which I'm betting is a lot more of your miles.


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