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Celica77

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Thanks for all the feedback! My initial question was more towards the tow capacity of the truck, since the invoice sticker said it came with the heavy duty suspension. Trying to find actual info is kinda hard. I know the 5.3 is the weaker link and it has 150k miles. 6000lbs was my goal for loading, don't do much dry camping so usually will have water hook ups and a dump station in the park. Im in Washington, and going to the coast is pretty flat until you hit the coast and same with going to the mountains is pretty flat until you get there. I already know I won't keep up with my father in law in his duramax pulling his 35ft fully loaded toy hauler!

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150k is not bad if the truck is in great mechanical shape.
I wouldn’t hesitate to pull your trailer.
I would not want to pull much more, comfortably, though with that truck. By comfortably, I mean power/trans/gearing. Chassis is ok for a larger longer trailer within reason, but 20 year old power and trans is not ideal to pull everywhere at the speed limits.
Let er rip with the trailer you have though!


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When I read threads like this it makes me wonder how dad hauled 5 kids, mom, 3 packed coolers and a ton of other gear, out to Yellowstone then the Grand Canyon @ 1974. He was pulling a 25' Holiday Rambler TT with a 1963 Falcon 6 cylinder wagon. I think those things had about 75 HP lol.


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Yeah but what were the speeds back then? Back roads only 45mph no free ways.

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Celica77 wrote:

Yeah but what were the speeds back then? Back roads only 45mph no free ways.


I forgot the Interstates did not arrive until 2010 LOL.

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Interstates started getting built in Eisenhower time frame. So 50's!

But as noted, my 4.3 V6 has 50 more HP, down 35 lb ft of torque in motor, my 88&89 454's. 6 gears instead of three. I pull my equipment trailer with mini excavator better and faster with my 2014 2500. A bit better than my 2000 C2500 5.7 4 sp 4l80 trans.
My son towed his dodge conversion van from Wenatchee over Stevens pas, which is way harder pull than I90 with his 05, 4.8 V8, 3.42 gears, 4" lift and 33.5" tires. He survived. A bit slow.

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Brandon the Traveler wrote:

When I read threads like this it makes me wonder how dad hauled 5 kids, mom, 3 packed coolers and a ton of other gear, out to Yellowstone then the Grand Canyon @ 1974. He was pulling a 25' Holiday Rambler TT with a 1963 Falcon 6 cylinder wagon. I think those things had about 75 HP lol.


This is amazing, just a bit over the top! If you could post a pic of this rig, hooked up, ready to hit the road, I will say "welcome back to the forum". [emoticon]

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MFL wrote:

Brandon the Traveler wrote:

When I read threads like this it makes me wonder how dad hauled 5 kids, mom, 3 packed coolers and a ton of other gear, out to Yellowstone then the Grand Canyon @ 1974. He was pulling a 25' Holiday Rambler TT with a 1963 Falcon 6 cylinder wagon. I think those things had about 75 HP lol.


This is amazing, just a bit over the top! If you could post a pic of this rig, hooked up, ready to hit the road, I will say "welcome back to the forum". [emoticon]

Jerry


Not as low on power, but in 92 did this with an 88 GM BB ext cab, 26' Terry Prowler. Found myself doing 15-20 mph in 1st gear. Not fun.
9 years later Thursday/Friday after 9-11, same trailer, 6.5td crew cab, did speed limit everywhere. Kids were 9-16. 1300 lbs of us. Same trailer 2000-2500 lbs heavier gcw. 4000 lbs over GM's gcwr! I'd do that trip in heartbeat again with same truck. My favorite truck I've owned. This 2014 1500 might be close behind, or get ahead of that one ...

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Brandon the Traveler wrote:

When I read threads like this it makes me wonder how dad hauled 5 kids, mom, 3 packed coolers and a ton of other gear, out to Yellowstone then the Grand Canyon @ 1974. He was pulling a 25' Holiday Rambler TT with a 1963 Falcon 6 cylinder wagon. I think those things had about 75 HP lol.


Probably by working on it twice a day and once at night. While you and your siblings were out playing around in the campground or sound asleep. [emoticon]


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Just take your time, it will be a dog on hills and you will not be setting any land speed records. But you'll be fine.


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