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RE: Do I have have enough Truck?

Is there a way to post pictures directly from the computer? I don't have a picture host anymore. Would like to upload some pics.
b1jetmech 06/27/21 07:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do I have have enough Truck?

BenK mentioned it, but having had a handful of GMT trucks that I towed with and the brakes suck in stock form. I would for sure budget to upgrade them. The only upgrade I seen for an existing one ton would be upgrade to "dually" brakes for they are wider and have larger calipers, along with larger wheel cylinders in the back. As of now, I could not find any after market set up. Will keep searching, thanks fort the input. Chase
b1jetmech 06/27/21 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do I have have enough Truck?

Hour RA is rated at 6080 lbs, which equals the stock tires. Springs are good to 6400, axle as noted 10,000. Reality, a tire upgrade, common is a 265-75-16, nets you 6800 or so lbs of tires. RA on my 88 and 96 K3500 were 2200-2400 empty. Around 3000 lbs to put on RA before overloading things. A dually version has a 7500 RA. You could do as I did to the 96, install a 6/1 spring pack vs stock 5/1, make them about 1/16-1/8" thicker, you have 8500 lbs of springs..... A few things and yes you could handle family and hitch wieght. I would swag going to be 2500-3000 lbs as noted. 20-25% of gross wieght. Marty Hi Marty, That is an ideal installing heavier springs such as "dually"? That would make for a stiff ride empty but would help in RA load. I'll look into that...call my axle guy tomorrow to see what they cost.
b1jetmech 06/27/21 05:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do I have have enough Truck?

Welcome to the forum ! Mine is a 1996 K3500, 7.4L Suburban with 4.1’s. Upgraded brakes to be similar to yours. Only thing not upgraded to like yours is the front disc & friction material (not as thick, but swept area is about the same). ... Assume you have heard of the DuraBurb with a Duramax diesel/Alison combo. Should be lots of info that applies to your planned Cummins/Alison combo. Good luck and report back on this thread ! Hey, thanks for the info. I have heard of brake calipers sticking which of course causes one pad to wear more then the other. Will have to be cautious of that. I did see a brake upgrade by using K3500 "dually" rotors, pads and calipers. Even though my truck is a one ton, it doesn't have the braking as the dually does. I'll keep you posted.
b1jetmech 06/27/21 05:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do I have have enough Truck?

Loaded, the pin weight for that trailer is more likely to be in the 2,500 - 2,800 lb. range. I would suggest weighing the truck (full tanks and all occupants), add 150 lbs. for a hitch over the rear axle, and see what you have left over on the rear axle and tire ratings. Rob Hi Rob, Yeah, I need to find a DOT scale to weight the truck and weigh it again with the trailer and all occupants. I do have a feeling it will be well over the payload capacity. We'll see.
b1jetmech 06/27/21 05:28pm Tow Vehicles
Do I have have enough Truck?

Hello All, My first post and good to meet you all. we're getting back into RV and traveling. Have an important question regarding towing heavy fifth wheel. We picked up a 04' Keystone Sprinter 350 FWBHS and it has a UVW of 9,700 lbs. and a GVWR of 12,500 lbs at a length of 41 ft. The tow vehicle is a 1995 Chevy K3500 CC SRW with a GVWR is 9,200 lbs with 4.10 gears. I have plans to upgrade the engine/transmission to a Cummins 5.9/Allison 6 speed combo for I do engine conversions. I know that powertrain combo is more then adequate but is the rest of the truck capable such as the brakes? The rear axle is rated at 6089 lbs but the overall GVWR might not be enough to accommodate the pin weight of 2000 lbs plus passenger and cargo. After all said and done, will this truck be stable enough to tow this fifth wheel long distances and through mountains and so forth? Has anyone towed a heavy trailer with a 88-98 GMT-400 chevy?
b1jetmech 06/27/21 02:03pm Tow Vehicles
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