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Postby ionicswing [OP] » Nov 25 2011, 3:56am

2007 crew cab 5.3 , 1500 with 3.73, 4x4. I believe ball capacity is somewhere around 7,500, but what about 5th wheel? Looking at campers, or do you guys not suggest 5th wheel towing with 1500.
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Re: towing capacity fith wheel?

Postby adams99z71 » Nov 25 2011, 6:23am

dont know much about fifth wheel capacities but i would recommend a 4:10 gear ratio if you plan on towing close to the rated limit.
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Postby gmctruckguy » Nov 25 2011, 11:32am

GM doesn't recommend towing a 5th wheel with the crew cab short box, not enough room for the goose neck in the box and the hitch would be sitting pretty far forward.
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Re: towing capacity fith wheel?

Postby oldsporty1 » Nov 25 2011, 2:54pm

We pulled a 7800lb 5th wheel with our 1500 ext. cab.5.3 373 gears pulled it fine,but you have to have a 61/2 ft. bed to pull a 5th wheel.that being said I would'nt want to pull it all the time or on long trip just not enough engine or truck. we are buying an other 5th wheel a little bigger so we bought a 2500hd 6.0 ext. with the 61/2 bed with 4.10 gears I hope this helps.
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Re: towing capacity fith wheel?

Postby country1911 » Nov 25 2011, 3:30pm

There are more and more fifth wheels that are half ton towable. They also have sliding hitches to obtain more room while making sharp turns and slide forward for street driving. Just keep in mind that it will be tight with very little cab clearance on regular street driving.

Also I would shoot for one that is well under your maximum weight.
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Re: towing capacity fith wheel?

Postby Chasmanian » Nov 25 2011, 5:02pm

Yes be careful, lot's of back windows become victim to sharp turns.
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Re: towing capacity fith wheel?

Postby 2011chevy » Nov 25 2011, 7:17pm

From the owner manual. not designed to tow 5th wheel

K-1500 Crew Cab Short Box (4WD)*
5300 V8
6000 V8
Axle Ratio
3.42 3.73 4.10
4.10
Maximum Trailer Weight
7,400 lbs (3 357 kg) 7,400 lbs (3 357 kg) 8,400 lbs (3 810 kg)
9,900 lbs (4 491 kg)
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Re: towing capacity fith wheel?

Postby ionicswing [OP] » Nov 26 2011, 12:36am

Thanks alot guys for the info.

Im now got my eyes on a travel trailer almost 8000lb(slightly under). With the 1000lb distribution hitch, would you guys suggest against it or beef up the rear suspension also? Any ideas?
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Re: towing capacity fith wheel?

Postby 2011chevy » Nov 26 2011, 3:31am

I would suggest a 2500 or a 1500 with the 6.0. You would be almost 600 lbs over the max trailer weight
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Postby gmctruckguy » Nov 26 2011, 9:34am

1500 with the 6.2l and 3.73 gears = 10400 lb trailer capability.
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