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Towing Advice - Could be better?

Towing Advice - Could be better?

Postby samjaynes [OP] » Feb 21 2012, 10:31pm

Thanks gang for reading my post - I have a 2006 Silverado 1500 Crew LT 4x4 with a tow package on it. I also have a 1996 23' travel trailer that weighs about 4,500 dry (attached with an equalizer hitch (bars/not chains). In the past couple years towing this trailer, I have been surprised that of the lack of power I have. In most cases, it is a chore to keep my truck going 60 mph on semi-flat ground; having the engine kick down and race to over 3 to 3,500 rpms. Does this sound normal? I simply feel it is changing gears alot or I am having to force it to to gain speed.

I normal haul without water - just food and clothes, and we are on our way.

What is the average speed you are seeing towing - say up a 3% or 5% grade? < 40 mph?

Just want to see if my truck is doing what it suppose to, or is there something underlining that I need to look at on my truck, or even the trailer.
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Re: Towing Advice - Could be better?

Postby parrothead » Feb 22 2012, 1:26am

two haul mode? It could have to do with the gear ratio.....
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Re: Towing Advice - Could be better?

Postby longears » Feb 22 2012, 1:28am

your year truck will seem like its screaming 3500 rpms, cuz it is, it only has the 4 speed tranny i believe. and its not allways the weight you are pulling, alot has to do with the wind drag of the camper. I have a 26 ft tt and it pulls pretty good. I also have a 6 speed trranny though and that keeps it from running super hgh rpms. when we are appoaching a hill i will lean into the gas before i get to it so i dont lose so much speed. I try to run around 62 mph in 55 zone and 65 on freeways ,never faster i just dont feel comfortable. My older trucks did seem to be searching for gears at highway speed even without a load. They shou;ld have had 6 speeds long ago maybe if they did we would have a 8 speed by now :?
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Re: Towing Advice - Could be better?

Postby SHNOOL » Feb 22 2012, 1:52am

yeah, what gears you got?
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Re: Towing Advice - Could be better?

Postby samjaynes [OP] » Feb 22 2012, 4:08pm

I will pull my codes tonight from the glove box and post them - I don't know what gears I have to be honest... is there a quick way to tell?
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Re: Towing Advice - Could be better?

Postby allterrainjoe » Feb 22 2012, 4:19pm

Contact your dealer with your VIN and ask for a build sheet,they can print you off one.It will have all the info on your truck. Hope this helps...
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Re: Towing Advice - Could be better?

Postby tsduke » Feb 22 2012, 4:20pm

GU4 is a 3.08
GU5 is a 3.23
GU6 is a 3.42
GT4 is a 3.73
GT5 is a 4.10
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Re: Towing Advice - Could be better?

Postby samjaynes [OP] » Feb 23 2012, 6:38pm

I checked this morning, and it is a GT4 - so based on your list 3.73

Any advice with this set-up now... I read a couple posts last night, but some were leaning to STS turbo kits which are pricey, and probably not worth the 5 - 6 times I tow my trailer a year.
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Re: Towing Advice - Could be better?

Postby longears » Feb 25 2012, 9:33pm

there is no cheap solution.
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Re: Towing Advice - Could be better?

Postby EKinMN » Feb 25 2012, 10:52pm

3.73 are decent towing gears. My guess is you are a bit heavier than you think. In my old truck, I had the truck shift a lot, and run in that same RPM range. As long as the engine or tranny are not overheating, you should be OK, since you don't do it all that often.
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