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I have a 2007 GMC Sierra Classic 1500 Extended Cab pickup truck, with a 5.3L V-8 engine. I want to pull 10k pounds about 10 miles. There are a couple inclines I will have to deal with. I am pretty sure I can do this, I wouldn't be going over 40, maybe 45 mph. I will check my hitch (receiver), not sure on the rating, but as far as the engine and trans goes, does anybody think I will have an issue?

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Depends upon a few things. How rusty is your hitch and frame? What condition is your transmission in? (Fluid been changed on a regular basis?) Are your brakes up to the task of stopping 15-16,000 lbs.? What tires do you have on the truck? You'll probably be fine for such a short distance but it will be hard on the truck, especially the 4L60.
 

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10 miles one time, you are good. Take it easy and give yourself ample room to stop.

for sure check where the hitch bolts to frame if you live in a salt state.
 

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I have a 2007 GMC Sierra Classic 1500 Extended Cab pickup truck, with a 5.3L V-8 engine. I want to pull 10k pounds about 10 miles. There are a couple inclines I will have to deal with. I am pretty sure I can do this, I wouldn't be going over 40, maybe 45 mph. I will check my hitch (receiver), not sure on the rating, but as far as the engine and trans goes, does anybody think I will have an issue?

Thanks in advance
Looks like I have a class 3 hitch, rated for 8000lbs, but again I am only pulling it 5 to 10 miles, relatively slow.
 

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They are designed with a factor of safety. IF you were going traveling I would say no, but its a short distance.

For reference I pulled a 12k trailer/load with my class three almost 35 miles at 45 no issues.
 

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How long and step the grade is will also make a difference.
How busy the road is might also be a consideration.
If it can't pull the grade and you need to be towed, how inconvenient will that be?
 

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As others have said, inspect the hitch beforehand, take it slow, and give yourself plenty of room to stop. I have pulled much heavier loads short distances without brakes with a half ton truck. This is on rural roads with almost no elevation changes. However I don't know what inclines and traffic you are up against.
 

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You will likely be fine. Unless you are involved in any kind of accident, or someone gets hurt, then you are screwed. Just pay someone to haul it for you, lots cheaper than a transmission or a citation.
 

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Tow Haul mode in the transmission definitely for you. And as asked above . . . functioning trailer electric brakes.

Stopping is your biggest problem.

Rick

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