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Re: Towing with 3.0 Duramax

Postby DrPepper » Jan 01 2020, 3:48pm

Just because you 'can' tow a 7K+ trailer with a 1500, doesn't mean you 'should'. There is the Safety factor that should be taken into account. And IMHO, if you're concerned about fuel economy when pulling a trailer, well don't.
Your typical 1500 probably comes w/ P rated tires. You need LT rated tires. Can you stop the trailer w/ a 1500? Probably, but a 2500 has beefier brakes. And a 2500 will have a higher GVWR.
I've pulled a 8K+ camper w/ a 1500 and I didn't like it at all. And the wife liked it even less. I upgraded to a 3500 dually and never looked back.
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Re: Towing with 3.0 Duramax

Postby benfl » Jan 01 2020, 3:55pm

DrPepper wrote:Just because you 'can' tow a 7K+ trailer with a 1500, doesn't mean you 'should'. There is the Safety factor that should be taken into account. And IMHO, if you're concerned about fuel economy when pulling a trailer, well don't.
Your typical 1500 probably comes w/ P rated tires. You need LT rated tires. Can you stop the trailer w/ a 1500? Probably, but a 2500 has beefier brakes. And a 2500 will have a higher GVWR.
I've pulled a 8K+ camper w/ a 1500 and I didn't like it at all. And the wife liked it even less. I upgraded to a 3500 dually and never looked back.
Just my opinion.


Have you towed a 8k+ trailer with a 1500 Diesel engine?
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Towing with 3.0 Duramax

Postby ferraiolo1 » Jan 01 2020, 4:08pm

It’s not the engine. It’s the chassis

You can tow the same with the 6.2 max tow


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Re: Towing with 3.0 Duramax

Postby 660catman » Jan 01 2020, 4:31pm

Be mindful of the GVWR of the truck. If you max out truck with passengers, cargo and hitch weight, you cannot exceed the GCVWR which limits true towing capacity.
ie: truck GVWR is 7000lbs, GCVWR is 15000 lbs, actual tow is only 8000 lbs even though truck may be rated for 9000lbs. These are sample numbers and no way reflects actual truck. Read those truck sticker numbers and know your EXACT trailer weight when fully loaded.
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Re: Towing with 3.0 Duramax

Postby DrPepper » Jan 02 2020, 3:40pm

No, I haven't towed an 8k trailer w/ a 1500 Diesel engine. So I can't speak about that experience.
But I have towed an 8k trailer w/ a 1500 gas pickup, with all the manufacture tow packages installed, and I didn't like the experience. The truck did too much wiggling when being passed by a semi and stopping it on a grade wasn't always pleasant. It made me pucker some times. I just generally didn't feel safe pulling that much weight w/ a 1500 chassis.
So I upgraded my tow vehicle to a 3500 dually and now tow a 10.8K trailer and feel much safer.
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Re: Towing with 3.0 Duramax

Postby Bradley21sandersBradley21sanders is online! » Jan 02 2020, 4:29pm

benfl wrote:The trade off with the 3.42 is you will lose 4mpg in fuel economy.


Where did you find this?

Also to the OP.. if you know you tow 7k make for certain you at least get the truck that has 9k rating for legal purposes in the even you have a wreck and its investigated.

Why not get a 6.0l 2500? you would be well within its ratings then especially if you get one with 4.10s from factory
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Re: Towing with 3.0 Duramax

Postby esox07 » Jan 02 2020, 4:44pm

ferraiolo1 wrote:The previous 1500s capacity would vary from 5500 to 9400 based on configuration.

I believe most 4wds have a higher rating bs 2wds. There is info in the owners manual. It’s been a while since I’ve looked at it.


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I thought it was the opposite. 2WD had a slightly higher rating since the truck itself was lighter.
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Re: Towing with 3.0 Duramax

Postby ferraiolo1 » Jan 02 2020, 4:47pm

Could be, like I said it’s been a while since I looked at it.


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Re: Towing with 3.0 Duramax

Postby buelldude » Jan 02 2020, 11:11pm

DrPepper wrote:Just because you 'can' tow a 7K+ trailer with a 1500, doesn't mean you 'should'. There is the Safety factor that should be taken into account. And IMHO, if you're concerned about fuel economy when pulling a trailer, well don't.
Your typical 1500 probably comes w/ P rated tires. You need LT rated tires. Can you stop the trailer w/ a 1500? Probably, but a 2500 has beefier brakes. And a 2500 will have a higher GVWR.
I've pulled a 8K+ camper w/ a 1500 and I didn't like it at all. And the wife liked it even less. I upgraded to a 3500 dually and never looked back.
Just my opinion.



I agree with this as well. I have a tow hauler that its small next to others, I feel safer plus the tongue didn't take up all my payload! Do the math and be safe, if you don't your insurance company will not pay out if something happens
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