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Postby Silvery13 » Oct 21 2013, 10:07pm

^ Is the axle ratio different?
I'm not a member of the "good old boy" clan and I don't drink their kool aid.
Because severely hydrocracked Group III oils have properties very similar to Group IV oils, they are also called synthetic.
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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby A W Warn [OP] » Oct 21 2013, 10:39pm

With the 1500 with the Maximum Trailering Package:
The axles/springs are rated for more load, both front and rear 4,100 lbs.
The gear size and axle housing are physically larger/heaver.
The gear ratio is 3:73 (great even when towing in the mountains, with the 6 speed)
Depending on cab/bed choices 11,000+/- to 12,000 lbs. maximum trailer weight
Depending on cab/bed choices 1,750 +/- to 2,008 lbs. maximum payload
GVRW 7200 lbs.

I had a 2010 1500 LT 4x4 6.2L gasser with the maximum package. It was awesome!!!
I moved up (I thought) to a 2012 2500 Z71 6.0L gasser, and have never been happy with it. It's too much truck for what I do. Bigger/heavier is not always better.

I use my truck as a daily driver.
I also use it to tow my camping trailer 10,000 to 15,000 per year.
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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby Silvery13 » Oct 22 2013, 12:25am

Ah so. The Max Trailering package gets the 9.5" rear diff.
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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby FiveORacing » Oct 22 2013, 1:22am

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!

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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby 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!

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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.
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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby mag11SGM » Oct 22 2013, 3:51am

^ Well thats you just because your happy pulling your 29' with that weight doesn't mean that length or weight is enough for them.

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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby CKNSLS » Oct 22 2013, 3:56am

True-but that trip actually put the truck to the test. Most pull to the lake a few weekends a month during the summer.
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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby mag11SGM » Oct 22 2013, 4:06am

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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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby 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.



I agree that 7000 might be about an ideal (max) weight for long-hauling for my new 1500. I don't go far with my little trailer, but if I was towing through mountains etc I wouldn't be comfortable with 9800 pounds on this truck, especially with the tires on it. I think when you get up over 10-11K, a dually makes more sense. I towed a 11,000# fifth wheel with my single wheel Duramax, and it wasn't always a comfy feeling.
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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby 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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