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towing with a 2500HD

Postby spitfire [OP] » May 07 2012, 3:41pm

hey all,
new to the forum, i dont acutally have the truck yet, but i wanted to get some insite before purchasing one. right now i am looking at a 2008 Sierra 2500 HD, crew cab 4X4 (6.0L gasser). I'm gonna be towing two horses with a living quarters trailor. The estimated tow weight with the 2 horses and trailor is going to be between 12,500 lb and 15,000 lb depending on the weight of the trailer (i know for a fact the weight of the horses are 2400 lb combined).

I have been doing a lot of reading and i have seen that the 2500 with the 6.0 gasser can pull 12,500 but im wondering about the upper range of 15,000 lb. I'd like to not have to get a diesel if possible as the going prices of those are $10,000 - $15,000 more expensive.

can anyone give me any insite as to weither or not im going to have to get a diesel with the extra weight to tow
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Re: towing with a 2500HD

Postby MLeBlanc » May 07 2012, 3:48pm

ive got a 2003 2500Hd with the 8.1L. my book says i can tow around 13,300 but ive had 13,800-14,000 with no problems.
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Re: towing with a 2500HD

Postby MLeBlanc » May 07 2012, 3:50pm

forgot one thing more..if you get a crew cab LONG bed you can tow/haul more weight thatn a short bed.
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Re: towing with a 2500HD

Postby Z15 » May 07 2012, 4:05pm

I never towed that much but I think you are getting real close if not over the limits of what you can do with the 6.0L motor.

Looking at a trailer payload chart for 2010 models
2500 HD, crew cab 4X4 (6.0L gasser) 13,700 lbs is the max and you never want be at the max. If it was a diesel it would be 14,700.

I think its a no brainer, you need a diesel or a 3500 4x4 and then you can reach 17,000 with srw or 22,400 with a drw (dually).

Note - 2wd drives can typically tow more than 4wd.
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Re: towing with a 2500HD

Postby 08AllTerrain » May 08 2012, 2:56am

The truck will pull the 12,500 fine. When you start getting heavier than that you could be really pushing limits on the drive train. I mean the truck will hook up to it and will pull it to a certain extent. you will start to put a lot of strain on the truck with 15,000 on it. The most ive pulled with my 2010 6.0 is 12,000 and the truck did pretty good. The 6.0 will scream and work as hard as it can to pull it but mine still pulled good. At 9mpg it was nothing impressive compared to the 8.1 i had but for todays technology it does great. I would put a max for the truck at 14,000. Any more than that i dont think anything good could really come out of it. A diesel would be a really good investment. You could look into a 2006 or 2007 Classic LBZ duramax and it will pull forever. From 2006-12 are all great diesels and the duramax is your best choice.
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Re: towing with a 2500HD

Postby MLeBlanc » May 08 2012, 11:52am

+1^ Im not a fan of the powerstroke prior to 2010ish...International made them and had serious problems with em that involved removong the whole cab to fix it.
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Re: towing with a 2500HD

Postby Vortec6200 » May 08 2012, 12:01pm

I'm with Z15, you should never tow to the max rating of the truck. If you really think you are going to exceed the 13,700lbs that the truck you are looking at is rated, then I would get a larger truck/motor. Honestly a duramax sounds like the way to go for you. You'd put to much strain on the drivetrain of the 6.0L gasser in my opinion.

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Re: towing with a 2500HD

Postby spitfire [OP] » May 08 2012, 12:18pm

thanks for the replys guys, this info has really helped me out. with having a set budget of about $20,000 for a truck (i would like to get something a little newer) im just going to have to down grade my trailer.

another question, the trailers im looking at are goose necks, is there anyways to tow a goosneck with a lifted truck without have the trailer tilted backwards? say with a 4" lift?
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Re: towing with a 2500HD

Postby MLeBlanc » May 08 2012, 12:26pm

To be completelyh honest bud you should PM member SCHNOOL... He tows horses too i belive with a gooseneck and he can help you out. I would go with a DMAX for more power and towing power but with a budget that might be hard.
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Re: towing with a 2500HD

Postby spitfire [OP] » May 08 2012, 1:20pm

well i was looking more into trailer weights and i was WAY off. im looking at a 2 horse trailer with living quarters and i was thinking that they were going to be around 10,000#, i was totaly wrong. i found one localy that only weight in at 5600# so with the two horses im only looking at about 8000# combined weight, so by the looks of it the 2500 HD gasser should be more then enough.
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