Can I tow my 29' RV GCVWR at 9000 lbs?

Discussion in 'GM Powertrain' started by rworell, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. rworell

    rworell New Member

    Ok guys I really need your help on this one...I towed my camper last summer with an F150 XLT 5.4 V8 with 3.55 gears. It struggled...

    I want toget back into a GMC truck and I love the Seirra 1500's. I just don't know which model to look at. can the 5.3 handle it? My total weight would be around 9000 Max (truck-camper-wood-passengers) I also have a brake controller and Sway/Tow bars.

    What is your thoughts?? I've tried this truck out and it is AWSOME!!!! just need to hear from the experts.

  2. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy All hail the Mad King!! Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    For a 9000 pound camper, you really need to completely skip over the 1500/half-ton trucks entirely. Start at the 2500/ 3/4 ton trucks. 9000 pounds is just a tad too heavy for a half-ton to haul safely. Pretty much any 3/4 ton should be able to handle that trailer with little issue.

    DAREDEVIL Rockstar 4 Years 1000 Posts

    I think he is talking about 9000 # incl the truck ??? so that would be ~ 6000 # towing.....if that is the case then i say yes..but not if like said above.
  4. Taddpole

    Taddpole Member

    Google, trailer life towing guide, for man/model tow ratings. Make sure the truck has the towing package and not just the receiver bolted onto the back of the truck. I've had trucks with 3:73 ratios & they worked well for me. 3/4 ton trucks are better for towing and the brakes are larger. If you ever want to move up to a heavier trailer you will be able to do so without buying another truck.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2011
  5. randomsandwhich

    randomsandwhich Rockstar 3 Years 100 Posts

    GVCWR = Gross Vehicle Combination Weight Rating

    First off it struggled because it was a ford :rofl:

    Anyways I don't see a problem with the 5.3 pulling the trailer, but if you have the extra cash the 6.0 will defiantly handle it with ease. I would make sure you have the HD Towing Package though, not completely necessary but would be a plus.

    Is this a fifth wheel or ball setup ?
  6. 00Silverado5.3

    00Silverado5.3 New Member

    Maybe a shorter rear end will help.

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