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RE: What do you think about this set up?

Quite a few years ago I had a very similar set up with a Chevy Tahoe, 350 CI engine and 3:42 gears. I did tow a 19' Wilderness and did two things. Ran out of power in the hills and burned up the rear diff. You will find out it is driving you and you are not driving it at the end of the day. The gearing is not right for the load you want to tow in my opinion. Curly 350, meaning at best you had a 4-speed transmission, a glorified TH400 with overdrive. In 2013 there's a good chance that the OP's Tahoe has the 6-speed, which has a much deeper 1st gear, and two additional gears between first and direct. This allows you to have the low grunt of a 4.10 and the good unloaded mileage of the 3.42, using transmission gears instead of differential gears. "Gotta have a 4.10" is outdated 1970's thinking. I'd be willing to bet the trans is a 4l60e, a glorified th350. If the Tahoe is an 8 lug burb Tahoe, then yes, it has the 4l80e which is a glorified th400. The 4l60 is the better towing gear due to lower ratios in 1st and 2nd gears Marty
blt2ski 08/03/21 11:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What do you think about this set up?

2014+ GM1500's got a substantial power increase, along with mpg improvent. ALL got the 6 so auto. A few of the 12/13 5.3's got the 6sp, the rest have the 4sp. You don't have ALL that much more power than I do with my 2014 4.3. I've pulled a few trailers in the 6-8k range. They were not box dye RV trailer. Generally speaking, I'm not lacking in power. At elevation losing 3% every 1000'. You may notice in the 5-6k' range. Gear down and go slower. Overall you will be safe. I would bet even same at the end of a trip. A trailer that is more aerodynamic vs not, would be a better choice. Make sure it has smooth sidewalks, not corrogated aluminum. That is worst option for wind drag, extra HP needed etc. Yes it's lighter....but! Marty
blt2ski 08/02/21 12:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why do I keep blowing out tires on my truck?

Something is probably rubbing or compressing on the tire. May not be enough to notice ALL the time. But I doubt it's the tire brand or type. That's been my problem with a few past trucks blowing up sooner than they should. Marty
blt2ski 07/31/21 12:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultimate payload monster?

Gas engine Standard Cab & chassis with Aluma flatbed Smallest fuel tank 2wd Rear dools Best answer to original question generally speaking. like ALL things great and small, "depends" needs to be thrown into the answer. If a bed is needed, the typical pickup bed is lightest option. But limited in what it can handle volume or total bed size, like 2 pallets, 3 yds volume of material. An Aluminum flatbed is best if one needs more volume, more pallet capacity. etc. Steel frame, wood, steel or plastic wood deck heaviest. But generally speaking, most durable. No bed, if only hauling say 5w mount trailers. Bed types etc, is true no matter the truck class size etc. This is assuming, all the trucks have the SAME FA/RA ratings, WB, options etc. Marty
blt2ski 07/31/21 09:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultimate payload monster?

Scooby My Navistar the sun of axle capacity is manufactures gvwr. But with this said. Some items like the RA, the 12.2k limit was tires. Axle, springs etc is 16500. Put higher rated tires on it..... Front axle itself is 6000. Empty 5900....springs 8k, tires initial 7200. Gvwr per door tag in OM at house, 18200. I've seen a number of trucks class 5/6 and above where axle totals equal gvwr. BUT the FBL loads take 25-30k RA ratings to 20k or 24k depending upon use on type of truck or trailer... Marty
blt2ski 07/30/21 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultimate payload monster?

thanks for the detailed info. So it looks like GM moved the 2500 to class 3 since at least with the duramax GVWR is 11,400 ish, pretty much limited by tires/axles as SRW. Ford did this too. Idk if Dodge has yet or not. Don't actually care what the gvwr of any light duty truck is, because I know what numbers are true and what numbers are false. class rating is like using tire ply terminology. It's general, not specific. But ya know what? NOTHING CHANGED, save for maybe some heavier springs, but I'd doubt that even. IDK what changed in vehicle class regs to allow this, but it sure is fun hearing all the weight ninnies blather about how it's "unsafe" to go over 10k on a 3/4 ton and now, BAM! the OEMs have dun done it! Grit, your comment rings a bell back to Friday 9-7-01, Friday before 9-11 if dates wrong. Was sitting in lunchroom/cafeteria of Duramax factory after taking a tour. This GM engineer stood in front of this group of 100+ GM fans and said DONT put 265-7516 tires on you D/A 2500. It will ruin the Ally trans, screw up computer and a bunch of other BS What comes out two years later? Yep, SW 3500 with "gasp" them no good for nothing 265-7516 tires and it's 6800 grade vs 6100 with the 245 tires on the 2500! Even engineers can spout BS at times. Oh, the 285 tires on my truck look great, as does the 2" front Rancho 9200 struts, rear 9200 shocks and a 1500 lb, 1.5" lift add a leaf. Rides better too! Marty
blt2ski 07/29/21 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultimate payload monster?

Ktmrfs, Correct to a free on gm 2500s. I also feel there are a lot of us, myself one. Where the upper end 15 series trucks at not enough, and current 25s basically in the class 3 relm. What's missing is the 8600-9200 gvwr rig with the typical 6000-6400 RA and a 4-5k fa depending upon motor. I'd have no issues with the 4.3 with cylinder shut off getting 19-25 mpg in an 8600 gvwr rig. With an 8 so auto, 373 gears. It would be a sweet rig. Marty
blt2ski 07/29/21 07:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultimate payload monster?

Ktmrfs Class 1 is 0-6000 lbs Class 2a is 6001-8400. Basically an HD class 1. Class2b 8401-10000 lbs. Class 3 10,001-14000? Possibly 13500 or 14500. Having a brain fart at the moment. 1 and 2b a generally speaking half ton/15 series trucks. Need to meet stricter emissions, mpg stats etc. 2b/3 trucks have a different emissions, don't need to meet at this time mpg specs..... Class 4-8 up to 33000 are medium duty, 33k up are typically class 8. Tandem rear axle trucks. There are a few 7s depending upon spec that can legally get to 40,0000 gvwr. Marty
blt2ski 07/29/21 06:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultimate payload monster?

Russ, I would suggest you and others look up HOW weights are enforced on highways etc. Manufacture labeling us not enforced. OR if the road you are driving on has federal funds to it, your state enforced a lower standard, funds can be held from said state. Granted some exceptions do apply, frozen thawing ground, a lower axle limit can be applied. Getting an over wieght ticket is a non moving violation. It does not go against driving record. WHERE an Leo/cveo will get you if over a manufactures rating, they will do a field test braking your rig. You don't stop in X ft, at y mph. Ie about 10-29 mph, you have a failed braking system. THAT is a moving violation. Ticket goes against driving record. Vehicle is red tagged. It cannot beover off road on its own power. Or it needs to be fixed where it sits. This hurts ones pocket book from a legal standpoint IF you want to to talk getting sued after an accident etc in civil court. That's another can of worms. Even if I'm under ALL of my legal wts etc, depending upon injuries etc, I can still lose my shirt, house etc. Marty
blt2ski 07/29/21 07:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Great Tow Capacity - Bad Payload Capacity... Increase PL?

The long and short of it is, you can put higher-rated tires on it, and shore up the suspension with aftermarket parts to handle the weight. No matter what anyone says, that does not change the numbers assigned by the manufacturer, but you're planning on ignoring those numbers anyway, so who cares? What you're really asking is if someone else will take the blame if something happens. The answer to that is no. It's all you. My state Washington, ignores manufactures numbers. You buy tonnage in 2000 lb increments. Minimum tonnage you buy is tare times 1.5 to next highest ton. Example. My GM 1500 at 5400 tare requires 5400+2700 =8100. Techniquely I should have a 10K plate. I have an 8k plate. I'm legal to 8k gvw. My 7200gvwr door sticker means squat!!!! My Navistar has a door sticker of 18200. I'm licensed at 26000GVW. I e been pulled over, and gone thru WSDOT scale houses upwards of 26000 lbs. I have YET to get an over wieght ticket, nor do I figure too. Even the one time I was at 27200. I got a 10 day up my license tag to 28000....oh dear oh me oh my, all of $15 to up registration another ton! Oh dear oh me oh my. The sky is falling down. LEOs enforce the "engineer" designed road bed limits. NOT the engineer designed limits of a manufacture! Been going on 150-200 years like this this. No one is going to change these laws any time soon. Too much history. With the above typed said in my part. The OP in reality needs a bigger chassis designed truck for what he wants to do in a safe and sane matter. There is a reason I own a class 6 truck vs a class 4 as I was initially thinking. Unfortunately, I wasted thousands of dollars in repairs with a DW 3500 chassis cab before buying the IHC. Choose your poison correctly! Marty
blt2ski 07/28/21 08:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultimate payload monster?

GVWR is a JOKE!!! Someone please tell me how I can stay at or under 14k when my RAWR is 9,750# and my unloaded front axle weight is 5,250# when they add up to 15k. My solution is to have tonnage enough to cover my 6 tires load. Even worse with my 2000 F250 diesel, to get to its 6100 lb or so RGAWR without exceeding its 8800 GVWR, I would have to pile all the weight behind the rear axle to unload the front axle from its 4500 lb or so empty weight to under 2800 pounds. Far safer to load the truck at 5500 on the rear, 4500 on the front even though at those weights I'm exceeding the GVWR by 1200 lbs. Nothing "ILLEGAL" about either of these options. Reality per federal bridge laws, Cummins can go to 32k gvw, 20k on rear 12k or so on FA before being over the FBL standards. RJ can hit 10-12k on his two axles ALSO before being over wieght per FBLs. There are other issues that will get them off the road... Wieght will not be an issue, assuming they have the correct paid for tonnage. Just like I've been pulled over multiple times, been thru DOT scale house upwards of 26000 gvw, I have yet to get an overweight ticket. Even tho door jam tag says gvwr is 18200. By the way, door tag sticker is in OM in my office. A lot of what others have implied are correct if your going after manufacture warranty performance ratings. Add more options, get a heavier engine, tranny, dual alternators, AC, power windows etc, ALL take away payload, assuming FA and RA have the same numbers. Ext cab also heavier than regular, crew is heaviest yet. Choose poison, hope it works for you, how you want to use it...... Marty
blt2ski 07/28/21 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Great Tow Capacity - Bad Payload Capacity... Increase PL?

Real reality as rhagfo is sort of implying. Is you states SP does not care a hoot about the manufactures performance/warranty ratings. You get 500 lbs per inch width of tire up to 20K lbs per axel, 34K lbs per tandem. OP WILL NEVER be over weight per those standards! That is what I get to follow in Wa St. I also have to have a paid for license that meets or exceeds the total tonnage I am at, including both truck and trailer! That part is easy, pay the tax people! about $15 per ton of gvw I wish to be at. Hence why my sons two half tons, and my new to me as of February GM 1500 are at 8000 lbs GVW. I was overweight by 200 lbs when I went thru a scale house yesterday at 8200. Fortunately it was not open. I would have not gone thru if it were..... Lets get to the real reality, as I mentioned in initial post after first post. Said 5W in reality, will overload the OP's truck based on most of our typical engineering specs. Yes OP can make his truck more capable, he can my more tonnage if his state allows. Reality, a DW is probably the better option. If he is like me at one time, family of 6 with 4 teenage adult sized kids, we cam in at 1200-1300 lbs depending upon cloths boots etc we were all wearing, add in bikes, firewood, canoe etc. we needed 2000-2500 lbs of payload for family, now add in 4000 or so lbs of hitch weight to the bed for the 5W, and you have the need for 6000-6500 lbs of payload. I need to be honest here. Not too many 35 series DW trucks with this amount of payload. One needs to be in the class 4 MDT relm of things. Its one thing to add a leaf for better handling of a given load on a truck as i may do today to my 1500, or have done to many other trucks of owned, mostly 8 lug 25/35 series SW trucks, a few midgets and some mdt's. BUT OP is frankly out of his/her league with current truck for handling the total load of said trailer. That is with out spending some $4-6K in after market add ons, like new springs/coils, tires rims etc. Marty
blt2ski 07/25/21 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Great Tow Capacity - Bad Payload Capacity... Increase PL?

You wont be the first, nor the last to have to upgrade chassy size to tow and equal sized 5W. One MAJOR problem of a 5W vs a TT is hitch weight! 10K TT has 1000-1500 lbs of HW. A 5w will have 200o-2500 lbs of HW for the same 10K trailer. How re you going to add this additional 1000-1500 lbs of payload to a given sized chassis truck? Your not! Upgrade you must do! Marty
blt2ski 07/24/21 07:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel

OP. Tires wheels suspension is easy. Slap some good E load tires on any OE or similar quality rims. Suspension, you have multitudes of options. Any 9.75 axle 150 is good for 5klbs so the afformentioned 2500lbs payload is about right and a practical limit iMO. Grit generally good thoughts. BUT some 15 series rigs like my new to me GM, it has a 10 bolt 8.5" RA. NOT the 12bolt 9.5" like my son's 05. I believe in GMs case, the 6 cyl get the smaller RP setup. The V8's the 9.5" setup. Like ALL things great and small, one needs to look at actual parts to see if you have the X or Y version. Im not recalling OP saying engine, probably did, I would swag small eco boost and NA V6 could have smaller axles vs the larger EB and 5.0 V8. Marty
blt2ski 07/22/21 04:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel

By the way, based on your numbers, your truck wirghs from factory with options about 5100 lbs. Very few unicorns that wieght base brochure wt. I've owned a few. My GM 1500 is 5400, I have almost 8000 in spring capacity, 7200 gvwr. That's too big for mine. It's TOO BIG for yours. Get a travel trailer.
blt2ski 07/20/21 07:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel

Trailer maxed out can be 2000-2500 lbs of hitch wieght. You payload is 1600. Not happening! You'll be way over Ford's warranty performance ratings. Marty
blt2ski 07/20/21 07:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mazama and Sumitomo tires

John, I have to admit, looked at those tires. Look well designed and built for what they are. BIG issue I had with these, Sumotumo/Mazam tire is the actual wieght. TW's were 75 lbs, S/M came in around 65 lbs. Majority of other brands in the 52-56 lb range. Stock 265-65-18 P/XL load range sizes were in the mid 40 lb range. Being as this is for a GM 1500 with a V6, wieght and inch bigger diam would kill power gearing etc. Those two tires brands got thrown out. IF they were going on a 25/35+ series higher powered truck. Where the wieght is not as big of a factor, I would consider both of these tires. I have used recycled/treaded tires like TW in the past. As noted, Sumotumo builds the Mazama brand tires for Les Schwab, which their are probably none in New England area where you are. Mostly here on West Coast US. Marty
blt2ski 07/09/21 12:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mazama and Sumitomo tires

For what it's worth, I have not bought anything in awhile from LD either. Mostly discount, and a private place for 25 years or so before owner retired. Issue at moment with discount, is I'm trying to get best overall cost doing ALL the items including front end alignment due to a small lift, struts and having to disassemble front end parts.... Hence why to a degree discount is not part of process. I saw the new house brand tire at LS. Look like the coopers in many ways.... I've had, one of my son's has had the AT3 on our trucks, they've done well. I'll post a pic tomorrow. Marty
blt2ski 07/07/21 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mazama and Sumitomo tires

LoL grit. Discount price for Cooper is 303?!? Or there about, with a high mileage warranty etc. Comes out a bit less per mile cost. You're right, I am frugal, not THAT frugal. Don't forget, on top of the base tire cost, one has balancing, repair of the pressure sensor/valves stems if equipped in tires, sales tax, front end alignment. That nitto tire will still get close to or over $400 out the door! Marty
blt2ski 07/07/21 12:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mazama and Sumitomo tires

Just the names Mazama and Sumitomo is enough poison to turn me away. YUP, wonder where they are made??? Eastern Asia, not where you're thinking or implying. I'll have Coopers on by the end of day tomorrow. my son was trying to see if 305s would fit off of his truck, after we put a 2" leveling front struts Monday....the 285s will look better than stock 265s, fit the 8.5" rim better too. Still don't need 16000 lbs of tires under an 8000 have registered truck. Son runs his 305s at 35 psi or there about. Marty
blt2ski 07/07/21 11:16am Tow Vehicles
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