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    I tow a 28 foot camper behind my '09 1500 (5.3L, 4 speed auto). The camper lists at 8k lbs. I have a weight distributing hitch, and a brake controller, and a sway brake. It still moves around in the wind, but you learn to compensate, especially when big trucks pass. The trans temps reached about 215 on a recent trip, with ambient air temps in the 90 degree range, and engine coolant running over 210, but not 220. That's up and down some major hills, and with a significant load in both the camper and the truck. I'm going to add a better trans cooler. That's a little too hot, for me.

    The worst of it is, my towing MPG runs about 8! The new tires (Goodyear Wrangler MT/R (with Kevlar)) actually cost me about 1 mpg over the factory ATs! Ouch!
    Kevin Singleton '09 Z71 - PA ZRT - kevindsingleton.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevindsingleton View Post
    I tow a 28 foot camper behind my '09 1500 (5.3L, 4 speed auto). The camper lists at 8k lbs. I have a weight distributing hitch, and a brake controller, and a sway brake. It still moves around in the wind, but you learn to compensate, especially when big trucks pass. The trans temps reached about 215 on a recent trip, with ambient air temps in the 90 degree range, and engine coolant running over 210, but not 220. That's up and down some major hills, and with a significant load in both the camper and the truck. I'm going to add a better trans cooler. That's a little too hot, for me.

    The worst of it is, my towing MPG runs about 8! The new tires (Goodyear Wrangler MT/R (with Kevlar)) actually cost me about 1 mpg over the factory ATs! Ouch!
    Your Camper's.....8,000lbs is that Dry Weight, without Food and Gear......and what Rear Gears do you have??

    MIKE


    99"SILVERADO
    5.3 l 3.73 l G80
    BLACK BEAR CUSTOM TUNE
    SNUGTOP l COLORMATCH l KATZKIN










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    Quote Originally Posted by 99'HEARTBEAT View Post
    Your Camper's.....8,000lbs is that Dry Weight, without Food and Gear......and what Rear Gears do you have??
    I'm pretty sure that's wet weight. I'd have to check for details. 3.73? I don't really know.
    Kevin Singleton '09 Z71 - PA ZRT - kevindsingleton.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevindsingleton View Post
    I'm pretty sure that's wet weight. I'd have to check for details. 3.73? I don't really know.
    If the 8,000lbs is including Supply's.....meaning Food and Gear etc........the Tow Ratings for a.....2009" Ext or Cew Cab 4WD 1/2 Ton with the 5.3 liter W/4L60e and either 3.73 or 4.10 Gears has the Following Tow Ratings,

    .....With 3.73 Gears......Max Tow Rating Weight is......7,500lbs and the GCWR is....13,000lbs
    .....With 4.10 Gears......Max Tow Rating Weight is......8,500lbs and the GCWR is....14,000 lbs

    .....if you have 3.73's.....your over limits of what your Truck can Safely Tow and if you have the 4.10's you are Close to the Limit's of what your Truck can Safely Tow .
    Last edited by 99'HEARTBEAT; 09-06-2011 at 01:05 PM.

    MIKE


    99"SILVERADO
    5.3 l 3.73 l G80
    BLACK BEAR CUSTOM TUNE
    SNUGTOP l COLORMATCH l KATZKIN










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    I knew I was cutting it close.
    Kevin Singleton '09 Z71 - PA ZRT - kevindsingleton.com

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