RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Tow Vehicles: V6 Silverados

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tow Vehicles

Open Roads Forum  >  Tow Vehicles

 > V6 Silverados

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Prev  |  Next
Sponsored By:
blt2ski

Kirkland, Wa

Moderator

Joined: 03/15/2001

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/29/20 09:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rjstractor wrote:

jrichd wrote:

Can the new Chevy Silverados with the 4.3L V6 really how over 9000 pounds? Anyone with practical experience in one case to arrest to that?


I'm not sure where that number comes from, because with that engine the max towing is 7800 lbs. GCWR is 12,800, which sounds reasonable for the hp/torque of that motor. With a truck GVWR of 7000ish, a GCWR of 12,800 gives a realistic towing capacity of 6000 lbs or so. Interestingly, the 2.7 turbo 4 has a significantly higher towing capacity, and with its far superior low end torque would make a much better towing motor. If I were in the market for a GM 1500 series truck I would consider that motor even over the 5.3 V8.


Go with this motor, ie the I4 over the V6. 8 sp trans with a 4.3-1 1st gear vs 6sp and 4.10 behind v6. Get a 3.42 AR, 3.73 might be available. A bit more HP, torque, and a turbo so when at elevations, you do not lose HP.
This is where Ive been toying with going vs the 6 to tote my 6500 lb trailer about. Then again, I have my MDT.....so do not truly need a big truck per say.

Either rig for the most part, unless loaded with options, has around 1800-2000 lbs of payload. So with two people, lightly loaded otherwise in truck, 10-12% HW. 9000 lbs is doable. Probably not super fun. I try to do no more than 2x the GRAW, at 3900 for GM's, that puts you at around 8000 lbs.

My 02 not that its worth much!

Marty


92 Navistar dump truck, 7.3L 7 sp, 4.33 gears with a Detroit no spin
00 Chev C2500, V5700, 4L80E, 4.10, base truck, no options!
92 Red-e-haul 12K equipment trailer

Check RV.Net Blogs at: blog.rv.net

OkieGene

oklahoma city

Senior Member

Joined: 01/06/2004

View Profile



Posted: 12/29/20 10:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, it most certainly can.

Of course you must be going downhill only.
.

1492

Arlington, VA

Moderator

Joined: 04/08/2005

View Profile



Posted: 12/30/20 07:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wanderingaimlessly wrote:



Not a fair comparasion, you switched to a diesel.[emoticon]

OK, point taken. Although Porsche then used a production Cayenne Turbo S to successfully pull the same A380. I don't know what's more expensive? The A380 or the Turbo S? [emoticon]

Not meaning to go off-topic, but wondering how do manufacturers actually determine vehicle rated towing capacity? Since many can physically tow more?

jrichd

OK

New Member

Joined: 12/29/2020

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/30/20 10:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was going off the vin number lookup function in the camping world towing guide (https://rv.campingworld.com/towguide) For example, vin # 1GCRWBEH3MZ116570 is a 2021 Silverado 1500 Custom with the 4.3L V6. Enter that vin and it returns a tow limit of 9700. If you enter vin 1GCUYDED1MZ106911 which is a 2021 Silverado LT with the 5.3L V8, it returns 9000 or 9100 depending on bed length. Reason I'm asking is the price difference is HUGE.

Dadoffourgirls

China, MI USA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/29/2003

View Profile



Posted: 12/30/20 10:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I may have towed a 9500lb travel trailer 55 miles in Michigan to a campground with elevation increase of 300 ft. If I did do this, I did get there.[emoticon]


Dad of Four Girls
Wife
Employee of GM, all opinions are my own!
2017 Express Ext 3500 (Code named "BIGGER ED" by daughters)
2011 Jayco Jayflight G2 32BHDS

Groover

Pulaski, TN

Senior Member

Joined: 10/17/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/30/20 10:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I hear questions like this I think back to my 1991 F250 with the most powerful engine sold by anyone that year for trailer towing, 230hp. The current 4.3l is 285hp. I often went over 10,000lbs with 230hp and go everywhere I needed to go, and that was with a 4 speed transmission.

I could go farther back to a 1978 Chrysler that with towing package was rated for around 7,000lbs with 150hp. Again, the most powerful engine available for trailer towing that year. That was a huge step up from the 1966 Rambler with a 232 cubic inch 6 cylinder that we used for a while to pull trailers.

I feel sure that you could get there with 285hp. The engine will rev a little higher but it is not nearly as noticeable in the new engines. It just depends on how big of hurry you are in and how often you do it.

Dadoffourgirls

China, MI USA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/29/2003

View Profile



Posted: 12/30/20 02:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jrichd wrote:

I was going off the vin number lookup function in the camping world towing guide (https://rv.campingworld.com/towguide) For example, vin # 1GCRWBEH3MZ116570 is a 2021 Silverado 1500 Custom with the 4.3L V6. Enter that vin and it returns a tow limit of 9700. If you enter vin 1GCUYDED1MZ106911 which is a 2021 Silverado LT with the 5.3L V8, it returns 9000 or 9100 depending on bed length. Reason I'm asking is the price difference is HUGE.


The tow guide is incorrect. The V6 highest tow rating is 7900. That is a regular cab truck. 7400 lbs for the crew and double cab.

Also, the custom trim is much cheaper than the LT. Make sure you check out the custom to ensure it meets your needs. The LT comes with options that I definitely want in my truck.

deltabravo

Spokane, WA

Senior Member

Joined: 09/08/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/31/20 06:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lwiddis wrote:

I wouldn't consider a 4.3L and a 9000 pound trailer.

Ditto. I wouldn't even consider a 5.3 to tow a 9000lb trailer, nor a 1500!


2009 Silverado 3500HD Dually, D/A, CCLB 4x4 (bought new 8/30/09)
2009 Arctic Fox 811 (bought new 11/9/09)
2018 Timber Ridge 24RLS (bought pre-owned 3/12/20)
2008 Haulmark 8.5x20 toy box trailer

C Schomer

Pueblo West, Co.

Senior Member

Joined: 12/26/2000

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 01/11/21 01:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is it the 4.3 Typhoon/Cyclone V6?

dodge guy

Bartlett IL

Senior Member

Joined: 03/23/2004

View Profile


Online
Posted: 01/11/21 05:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

C Schomer wrote:

Is it the 4.3 Typhoon/Cyclone V6?


No. The new 4.3 is a completely different engine than he old 4.3!


Wife Kim
Son Brandon 17yrs
Daughter Marissa 16yrs
Dog Bailey

12 Forest River Georgetown 350TS Hellwig sway bars, BlueOx TrueCenter stabilizer

13 Ford Explorer Roadmaster Stowmaster 5000, VIP Tow>
A bad day camping is
better than a good day at work!


Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Tow Vehicles

 > V6 Silverados
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tow Vehicles


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.