I have a 2005 GMC 1500hd 4X4. I have a 5th wheel trailer which weights 8800lbs. Is this truck heavy enough to pull this trailer. If not what can I do to upgrade it?

duke
0

Asked by duke Mar 24, 2008 at 07:30 PM about the 2005 GMC Sierra 1500HD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

5 Answers

casper271
4,225

Your truck is rated for 10000lbs (towing)and that is properly "set-up". Start by getting a heavy duty rad, Heavy duty tranny cooler, I would recommend you upgrade your breaks, of course you will need a electric brake controler for the trailer. You might want to get "helper springs" give it a good tune up and change the oil before you start towing. I would recommend that you visit a few Trailer shops and ask them what they would recommend, as they deal in this all day. Best of luck.. This is at the very very far end of this trucks capablities. The rear end is really at its "enough" with this weight, There is a bunch you can do to "upgrade" this truck, but you will still have a 1/2 ton under it all, you need to sell/trade up to a 3/4 (at least) if you are going to be towing this trailer alot or any farther than 50 miles, your brakes, cooling, suspension, rear end, frame are at its upper end. I know guys that tow with a 1500, 150 (1/2 ton) and I would get in front of them. That is just my opinion.

1 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
sg73
20

Casper, you are incorrect. A 1500HD is a 3/4 ton truck underneath. It has 8 lug wheels, 3/4 ton components, breakes, etc. Also has the 6.0, tranny cooler, oil cooler, etc. A 1500HD is more than capable of towing an 8800lb 5ver...

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
A Facebook user
10

what size is the engine and whats the rear end gear ratio? i know with this particular truck it had a 5.3 litre,and a 342, shoulda bin a 410 rearend which would have improved it. and for suspension had air bags installed and it made a big difference in handling. but if i was to get another truck it would be the 1 ton sierra

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Guy Dietrich
55

i would suggest getting a bigger truck. try going for a 2500 with a diesel and you will be able to tow your house the 1500 hd wasn't made for towing a 5th wheel it was made for hauling and for contractors who like to over load trucks

pauljboudreau
30

yes you can with out upgrade except for the brake contoler, the 1500hd is the same truck as a 2500 not hd, your truck is a 3/4 ton marketed as a 1/2 ton

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Sierra 1500HD
Looking for a Used Sierra 1500HD in your area?
CarGurus has 116 nationwide Sierra 1500HD listings starting at $4,900.
ZIP:

Search GMC Sierra 1500HD Questions

GMC Sierra 1500HD Experts

#1 reverend1735
reverend1735
Reputation 40
#2 pauljboudreau
pauljboudreau
Reputation 30
#3 sg73
sg73
Reputation 20
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used GMC Sierra 1500"
929 Great Deals out of 61,706 listings starting at $990
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500"
2,416 Great Deals out of 169,736 listings starting at $950
Used GMC Sierra 2500HD"
168 Great Deals out of 15,074 listings starting at $3,995
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD"
16 Great Deals out of 294 listings starting at $5,000
Used Ford F-150"
2,451 Great Deals out of 170,387 listings starting at $1,500
Used GMC Sierra 2500"
6 Great Deals out of 202 listings starting at $3,900
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD"
498 Great Deals out of 39,707 listings starting at $2,995
Used Dodge Ram Pickup 1500"
794 Great Deals out of 14,744 listings starting at $1,222
Used Toyota Tundra"
519 Great Deals out of 25,722 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty"
635 Great Deals out of 34,778 listings starting at $2,500
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500"
10 Great Deals out of 317 listings starting at $4,000
Used Dodge Ram Pickup 2500"
239 Great Deals out of 5,087 listings starting at $2,495
Used Toyota Tacoma"
532 Great Deals out of 21,007 listings starting at $2,199
Used Chevrolet Tahoe"
1,059 Great Deals out of 33,065 listings starting at $2,495

Used Cars For Sale

2006 GMC Sierra 1500HD For Sale
19 listings starting at $12,490
2005 GMC Sierra 1500HD For Sale
18 listings starting at $12,494
2003 GMC Sierra 1500HD For Sale
39 listings starting at $5,999
2002 GMC Sierra 1500HD For Sale
22 listings starting at $4,900
2001 GMC Sierra 1500HD For Sale
9 listings starting at $6,900