Hi I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado with the gas 6.0 and is a towing machine. It has a 4 inch lift with 35" tires. We had a 2008 bumper pull comfort trailer dry weight was 7770 and it towed it fine but lagged going up hill. I had the stock gears changed from 4:10 to 4:86 and it brought it back to normal. My question is I am looking at purchasing a new travel trailer bumper pull and it's dry weight is 8320 that's a 550 lbs difference. So will I be fine towing this trailer.

Asked by May 21, 2016 at 01:40 PM about the 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4 Dr Base Extended Cab LB

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Hi I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado with the gas 6.0 and is a towing machine.  
It has a 4 inch lift with 35" tires.   We had a  2008 bumper pull comfort trailer
dry weight was 7770 and it towed it fine but lagged going up hill.  I had the
stock gears changed from 4:10  to 4:86 and it brought it back to normal.   My
question is I am looking at purchasing a new travel trailer bumper pull and it's
dry weight is 8320 that's a 550 lbs difference.   So will I be fine towing this
trailer.

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4,575

...perhaps the motor is getting worn now....like having grandpa lift and pull the heavy travel bags ~ take a look at the engine...be sure the timing is alright and not loose...do a compression test~...think motor, not drivetrain...would be my suggestion~

78,065

I would put on an equalizer hitch, bumper pull is not that good of a hitch. As far as power, you will notice the weight difference, but what is really killing the power is the tires, dropping even 1 inch will really increase the pulling power. Obviously your not interested on good fuel mileage at this point going from 4:10 to 4:86 is a big jump. What I would do is grab up another set of wheels and mount some 34's or even some 33's on them and put them on when you want to tow the trailer, then switch back when you stop towing for the season or whatever. Most states don't want you towing at speeds over 60mph anyway. NADA says the towing capacity is 9800 lbs but other sites say 13000, it all depends on the equipment installed. HTH

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