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Travel Trailer Towing Help with 1/2 ton

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by toleo, Jul 29, 2011.

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  1. toleo

    toleo New Member

    Hi, I am looking to purchase a travel trailer for the family (wife + 2 young boys) that will be towed with my 2009 1500 crew 4x4, below are some of the specifics:

    3.42 gear
    6 sp transmission
    max trailer weight - 9,500lb (has HD cooling / towing package)
    GCWR - 15,000lb

    I was looking at a Prime Time Tracer 2910BHS with the following specs:

    Length - 33ft
    Dry Weight - 5,536lb
    Hitch - 589lb
    Cargo Capacity - 1,734lbs

    I am very new to the RV'ing world. For the most part we intend on keeping the RV at a campsite for most the season but may take it on week long trips now and then, my guess is that I will only physically be towing the trailer 10-15 days each year. On the surfuce I think I should be ok with this setup but would love to hear from people experienced with towing RV's (or towing in general). Any thoughts or concerns with the above combination?

    Thanks in advance for your time and input.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011
  2. 99'HEARTBEAT

    99'HEARTBEAT Moderator Staff Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts 100 Posts



    A couple of items to look at would be......Brake Controller(A Must)......Rear Air Bags, will help with rear sag and handling.....and going with a Larger Transmission Cooler.....I have a thread on installing a Larger Aftermarket Transmission Cooler, to replace the Small Factory Transmission Cooler....to help with lowing Trans. Temps when towing.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2012
  3. stephan

    stephan New Member 1000 Posts 100 Posts

    I think he has the 5.3L Mike.
    Tony, the package sounds good. You're in the GCVW. The 3:42 gears will be ok since you have the 6 speed. If you've never towed before, be prepared for windy conditions. Travel trailers are greatly affected by wind because they have so much surface area. Also you need to be attentive when loading your trailer as far as where you distribute the weight because you can add or subtract tongue weight & that will have a big effect on how it handles.
  4. 99'HEARTBEAT

    99'HEARTBEAT Moderator Staff Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts 100 Posts

    Your Correct Stehpan....on the OP having the 5.3 liter.
  5. toleo

    toleo New Member

    Thanks, are you saying I should go with a larger cooler than the K5L option currently on it?

    ---------- Post added at 03:01 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:59 PM ----------

    Thanks Stephen, I am currently researching WD hitches and anti-sway bars and hoping this will help with wind. Have any recommendations that would work well for me?
  6. 99'HEARTBEAT

    99'HEARTBEAT Moderator Staff Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts 100 Posts

    Thanks, are you saying I should go with a larger cooler than the K5L option currently on it?

    Its would be something to keep in mind, I also have the Factory Tow package......which includes the Transmission Cooler....and I was seeing Trans. Temps.....around.....180....190.....and sometimes over 200 Degrees when Towing my boat, after replacing the Factory Trans. cooler with the Aftermarket....True Cool 40K Trans. Cooler, I'm now running trans. temps.....at 140...150 Degrees now when Towing my Boat.......a Drop of 40/50 Degrees.....Which is Huge, as Heat is the Single Biggest Killer of Auto Transmission's.....


    Here is my Thread on the install of the the True Cool 40k Cooler,
    http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/showthread.php?70799-New-Transmission-Cooler...WOW



    Edit:...I would add that a Weight Distribution Hitch which will Most likely Come with the Travel trailer would also be a item to have(keep in mind),

    Link,
    http://mrtruck.net/wdh.htm

    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011
  7. stephan

    stephan New Member 1000 Posts 100 Posts

    Tony, I think with the WD hitch & anti sway bars on it, you'll have very few problems unless you have real high cross winds. When those are set up right, they tow very straight.

    Hot Rod, He's quoting GCVWR (combined) which is the GVWR (truck weight + payload in the bed) plus what weight trailer GM deems acceptable for him to tow behind it
  8. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Moderator Staff Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts 100 Posts

    Yeah, he specced Gross combined vehicle weight and you specced gross vehicle weight. The GCWR is the max weight for both the truck, cargo, and any trailer weight combined. But, that would still only put his GVWR around 5500 pounds.
  9. 98Hotrod98

    98Hotrod98 New Member 100 Posts

    Agreed,
    I saw the "C" after i posted... then quickly deleted:no:
    Guess you guys are fast!

    I've never been able to find my Max trailer Weight listed anywhere. My Owners manual shows 9600lbs for my truck with 3.42 gears, but nothing for my 3.73.
  10. stephan

    stephan New Member 1000 Posts 100 Posts

    It should be on your drivers door label HotRod. It will be the GCVWR, minus the GVWR

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