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    Hi, I am looking in to getting a new Silverado. And I am comparing the towing capacity of the 3.08 rear end vs. the 3.42. I notice GM rates both with a towing capacity of 7000# (with the 5.3 v8). I understand they put a new 6 speed transmission in to achieve this. I was wondering if anyone tow with a XFE model Silverado. I plan to towing a camper which way approximately 5500-6000#. Thanks for your help

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    Welcome to the site! The 3:42 or 3:73 is better than the 3:08 for towing in that it makes it a lot easier on the truck. The 3:08 is good for mileage and from what I've read, the new 6 speed auto has extra overdirves. For towing you get more help at the take off with the lower ratio. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kloar View Post
    I plan to towing a camper which way approximately 5500-6000#. Thanks for your help
    Is this the dry weight, estimated loaded weight, or maximum weight of the trailer?
    Rhode Island

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    for the 3.08 rear end, it would help just to keep it out of overdrive somehow, not sure how they have the sifter set up or gear selection, but i would also think that there is still the tow/haul button available.
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