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goducks10

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Posted: 02/19/21 08:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RobWNY wrote:

I'm a little surprised that your 3500HD only has a tow rating for a 5th wheel of 16,200 pounds. My 2020 2500HD SRW with the 11,350 GVWR has a 5th wheel tow rating of 18,500 I would have thought it would be higher.


OP has a gas 3500.

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moparjer wrote:

Hi,

I keep hearing from friends and gather from reading forums that my pickup, which was bought for work, isn't up to the task for towing for three main reasons:
  1. It isn't a Ford
  2. It isn't a diesel
  3. It isn't DRW

Here's what it is though. A 2020 Silverado 3500HD 4X4,LB. The fifth wheel towing weight limit on the door sticker is 16,200lbs. The 5er I'm leaning toward is the AF 27-5L with an advertised GVWR of 13,600lbs. My long term plan is to not take this all over the country, but to go from my home in eastern Oregon to Arizona during the winter and come back in the spring. Will it work? Why or why not?

It will work fine, just don't be in a hurry. I am towing one with an F-250.

But then again, it IS a Ford! [emoticon]


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I pull an older, slightly lighter AF 27.5 5th wheel (GVWR 12100 lbs) with a 2020 Chevy 3500 Duramax standard bed. Obviously, yours will be a different experience without the diesel. As long as you're patient on the long grades, don't freak out over the high revs on climbs and poor fuel economy (the diesel doesn't do that well either when it's towing), you should be fine.


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goducks10 wrote:

RobWNY wrote:

I'm a little surprised that your 3500HD only has a tow rating for a 5th wheel of 16,200 pounds. My 2020 2500HD SRW with the 11,350 GVWR has a 5th wheel tow rating of 18,500 I would have thought it would be higher.


OP has a gas 3500.

Is that because a gas engine won't have as much torque as a diesel so they lower the 5th wheel towing limit....and I assume the other limits as well?


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I asked him to do one thing and he didn't do any of them.


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I have a 2015 27-5L and towed with an 2015 f350 gas. Did fine until the second trip that had 20 to 30 mph headwinds. Couldn't get out of 4th gear on pretty much flat ground and got 5 mpg. Traded for 2016 F350 diesel and now average between 12 n 13. Don't fall into the trap of only looking at weight but what is your frontal size. 13-3' and 8-5 wide makes a big sail.


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Moki...5 mpg is terrible, what speed were you trying to maintain? At 60 mph in 4th gear should have allowed 7-8, even against the wind.

Anyway...problem solved with the diesel! Even a diesel will suck fuel though, if running high speed against the wind, with that kind of frontal area. Diesel fuel usually costs a bit more too. No matter the engine type, it costs more to tow at speed in the wind, unless it is pushing you!

Jerry





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