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What size RV trailer can i pull with my 2003 silverado

Postby king_mike [OP] » Jun 02 2021, 2:18pm

Hello im from Denver Co... So im looking forward on buying a Rv trailer and im curious if my truck can handle a 29ft or 31ft or witch size would be recommended.

I have a 2003 Silverado 1500 Z71, 5.3 extended cab, 3.73 gears.
It has a 6" lift kit with 20 x 12.5 rims 35" tires.. also would upgrading my gears to 4.56 or 4.88 be better.

Just looking to buy our 1st RV to keep for at least 7 yrs

Thanks in advanced.
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Re: What size RV trailer can i pull with my 2003 silverado

Postby Bradley21sanders » Jun 02 2021, 3:09pm

I would likely worry just as much about the weight as length. The book says around 7800# for one like yours that is ext cab short box 4x4 with 5.3.

4.56s for sure at least but the 4.88s would be even nicer when towing.

I would say aim for no more than 6000# loaded, and the longer it is the more like a giant sail it could be. Get a weight distributing hitch and a set of bags
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Re: What size RV trailer can i pull with my 2003 silverado

Postby roorancher » Jun 02 2021, 4:22pm

What Brad says......
I might go 6500#, but that would be absolutely all....
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+++ on the above.
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Re: What size RV trailer can i pull with my 2003 silverado

Postby MacQ » Jun 02 2021, 5:17pm

I wouldn't go more than 6000 lbs, especially if you're going to pulling in the mountains.
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Re: What size RV trailer can i pull with my 2003 silverado

Postby king_mike [OP] » Jun 10 2021, 4:02am

Thank you all..
I plan on taking my RV up the mountains.

From what I read sounds like my truck should be able to handle a 25FT RV 6,000 - 6500#

with new gears 4.88
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Re: What size RV trailer can i pull with my 2003 silverado

Postby Bradley21sanders » Jun 10 2021, 1:29pm

You will thank yourself for the 4.88s when in the mountains. 6k will be a lot no doubt but it will do it, take your time and don't expect to go over about 65mph.. it can do it but no need to really.

let us know how it goes and how you like the gears!
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Re: What size RV trailer can i pull with my 2003 silverado

Postby GOAT721 » Jun 10 2021, 4:45pm

how high do you plan to tow it? elevation robs power.
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Re: What size RV trailer can i pull with my 2003 silverado

Postby chops1sc » Jun 10 2021, 6:21pm

You also have to consider hitch weight. This will dictate how much cargo capacity you have left when the camper is hooked up. What is the GVWR of the truck and what is your current curb weight? I'm willing to bet you only have around 1000-1200lbs remaining and a 6000lb camper will easily eat up between 500-800lbs of that capacity. That only leaves you with 400lbs if you're on the heavy side. A truck load of people and cargo in the bed easily puts you over.

GCVWR and towing capacity is important but please don't forget about the cargo capacity of your truck. The door placard will tell you GVWR, GCVWR, and cargo capacity. Look up the RPO codes to find out exactly what your truck can do. Not all trucks are created equal! I also recommend a weight distribution hitch.
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Re: What size RV trailer can i pull with my 2003 silverado

Postby adriver » Jun 15 2021, 8:38am

It is in your owner's manual. For an 02 ext cab, with 4wd, 5.3 and 3.73 its rated 7800lb max trailer weight with a GCWR of 14,000 lbs. (Just in case it needs to be said, that's with a frame mounted trailer hitch, and a weight distribution hitch).

Being in CO, there are a few things you REALLY should do if you are going to get anywhere near that weight. At the very least read up on em, but I would get:

NNBS brake swap upgrade - (factory parts brake upgrade for the fronts, using 2008-2019 rotors pads and calipers that will swap right over. About $300, and a big improvement. Its about 1 1/2 times the pad and an extra piston for force, or the newest 2020 4 piston caliper upgrade).

Hydroboost swap - Convert your vacuum booster brakes to hydraulic fluid. Gives you a larger "braking range". Definitely gives you more control over your brakes. ~$250

E-fan swap - electric fan conversion to take your cooling fan off the belt and make it controlled electronically. Reduces drag on the engine and helps control temps more accurately. $200-$300 in parts and will require a tune.

Custom tune (for engine and trans).- About $500 for a full tune to get an extra 10-15% out of our engine that the factory cut back on to be on the safe and lazy side. Will also let you tune your shift points in the trans to help with towing. (Will also need one to adjust the gear ratio and tire size if you want your cluster to read right).

Welcome, and any if you have any other mods or plans we can set you off in the right direction.
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