by Silvery13 » Oct 21 2013, 10:07pm
by A W Warn [OP] » Oct 21 2013, 10:39pm
by Silvery13 » Oct 22 2013, 12:25am
by FiveORacing » Oct 22 2013, 1:22am
by CKNSLS » Oct 22 2013, 3:48am
FiveORacing wrote:Not sure how much I can add here, but I just traded in my 2004 Duramax Crew for a 2014 1500 4 x 4 Crew. I no longer have a big fifth wheel and it was time for a new truck, so I downsized. My truck has the 5.3 with the 3.42 and it has the (approx) 6 ft bed. I hooked up my little Sunline Travel trailer with an empty weight of 4800 pounds and a 700 pound tongue weight and went for a ride. The truck barely sagged before hooking up the 1000 pound bars which leveled it nice. Pulled the trailer very nicely with decent acceleration at about half throttle. Handled the weight very well and, having pulled many different trailers for many years, I would say the truck is suited well for a 5000-7000 pound trailer, which is what I hoped for. The truck is rated for 9800 (?) pounds and I'm pretty sure based on my experience I would not be comfortable towing that much of a load with this truck. AS for the hitch rating, every setup is going to hit one of the 'limits" before the other, and to address the OP question, a 1200 lb hitch weight may just be the first limit that is reached, other than perhaps the tire rating? Btw, I love the truck. Rides nice, quiet inside, and love all the creature comforts. It was overpriced, has nearly every option, but I was given a great trade on my Duramax, and that combined with GM card money (doubled for October) and rebates, made it an okay deal. LOVE the built in brake controller!
by mag11SGM » Oct 22 2013, 3:51am
by CKNSLS » Oct 22 2013, 3:56am
by mag11SGM » Oct 22 2013, 4:06am
by FiveORacing » Oct 22 2013, 4:13am
I wouldn't go over 7,000 pound ready to camp OR 6,000 pounds DRY IMHO. I just towed a 5,500 pound travel trailer at 29 feet over 8,000 miles in 8 months through 32 states and I wouldn't have wanted anything heavier. But that was with a 2011-5.3. I know the 2014s are a little more powerful.
by CKNSLS » Oct 22 2013, 4:15am
mag11SGM wrote:Yet you don't like the fact that I'm pulling around a trailer with a total combined weight of 17,500. My max trailer package is happy with the load. Does GM say the truck is rated for "X" amount? Sure they do but I also believe that they dial the numbers down from what they can really handle.
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