towing capacity fifth wheel for 2007 chevy silverado 2500HD 6.0L 3.73 axle

Asked by Mar 07, 2009 at 08:49 PM about the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Work Truck

Question type: General

I am confused by the book. If I am looking at it right the pull rating is the same as the fifth wheel rating. I always thought the fifth wheel rating was different then the tow behind. Could someone please clarify this for me.
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yes, the fifth wheel rating is different. your 6.0 should handle atleast a 36ft camper 5er and maybe more but your going to run into power issues because you don't have the duramax. the 6.0 will handle heavy loads just on hills you won't be able to go as fast. just be sure to have a trailer brake controller because stopping won't be very easy without one

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yes, you should be able to haul quite a bit more. i'd say being you have the 6.0L and not the duramax you should be able to handle atleast a 36ft 5er camper but your not going to be a speed demon up the hills and besure to use a brake controller because stopping will be an issue without one

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I've a 2004 chevy 4x4 crew cab 6.0 gas w/4 spd auto with tow haul....I think its a 3:73 also, $1750 to install 4:10's in front and rear(because of 4x4)...but were towing approx 10,000lbs of Cardinal 5th wheel, sluggish on grades a little but stops well at highway speeds and I suppose thats what counts (brake controller)I'd like to put a chip in engine to get a little boost, but main concern now is transmission temp, it approaches 205 degrees in heavy traffic and climbing hills,bridges and such so I'm going to place larger trans. cooler to help....not so much worried about power such as passing as I am bout temps n trans (30' Cardinal) acually it sits level attached to truck 2500 LT Quadrasteer

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As I understand, the diesels are really hi maintenence eng. and also the gas vs diesel cost...may gravitate towards one in future

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i have a 2006 crew cab long bed 4x4. with the 6.0 gas and i have driven the 6.6 dsl i would take my gas over the dsl any day of the week. $8000 more for the dsl buys a-lot of gas over the years. on top of way cheaper to maintain, My truck has the 4.10 rear end and with out a trailer i get 15-16 mpg with my 12,000lb toy hauler i get 9-10 mpg my friend had the 05 same truck as me with the 6.6 dsl yeah he get 20 mpg with out a trailer but 9-10 with one and his trailer is 2000lbs lighter then mine. he gets to the top of the hills faster then me but on the flats we are equals... so the answer to your question i would say your good up to 10000 lbs not problem.

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fifth wheel towing usually is around 2-3000 lbs. higher than the bumper rating because of how the hitch is connected, which takes less weight off the front wheels than putting it on the bumper does.(so you can still steer it). the fifth wheel hitch does take up payload capacity though (about 10-15% of your trailer's weight) so if you have a 10000 lb trailer, 1000 to 1500 lbs counts toward your payload. also, the 4.10 rearend will tow more than the 3.73 rearend does.

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I have a 2004 2500 HD Duramax. Maintenance has been minimal. Oil and oil filter every 5,000 kms and fuel filters about 15,000 kms. That's all for 175,000 kms. I pull a fifth wheel flatdeck beavertail with Bobcats and excavators at the full capacity of the vehicles rating. The equipment weighs 7,500 to 10,000 lbs. At 10,000 lbs not including the weight of the trailer, I am sometimes over the combined axle weight limit by 200 lbs. Contrary to earlier posts it's cheap to maintain and has way more torque for hills and starts etc. I would take my diesel over gas any day.

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Richard hit it right on the head. I have a 2006 sierra 2500hd crew cab short box 4x4 that's lifted and I tow a 37 ft 5er with it. I have the 6.0 and 4.10's and it may not win any speed races but it will pull more than my current 5er. My current 5er is 9500 dry and I bet it'd tow 13k easy.

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