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Old 09-22-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
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I have a 2005 Silverado 1500 4wd Ext Cab Z71, Z71 off road package, Light Duty Power package, Vortex 5300 V8, HD Trailering Equipment, Rear Axle 3.42. The book is confusing, nut I believe I can tow up to 7700 lbs. Does anyone have a 1500 and tow, or know the answer? I believe I should have no trouble pulling a Scamp 16.
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You can pull a Scamp and still have lots of capacity left over. I would not even think twice about it.
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I have a 2005 Silverado 1500 4wd Ext Cab Z71, Z71 off road package, Light Duty Power package, Vortex 5300 V8, HD Trailering Equipment, Rear Axle 3.42. The book is confusing, nut I believe I can tow up to 7700 lbs. Does anyone have a 1500 and tow, or know the answer? I believe I should have no trouble pulling a Scamp 16’.
I also have the 5.3L Vortex/4L60E I have no difficulty towing a Casita 17' SD.

You should have no problems.

I find it supprising that the HD Trailering Equipment came with a 3.42 rear axle ratio.

I have the same engine and transmission that you have and the RPM at 60 MPH is only 1760. Well below the 2000 RPM breakpoint for torque. I would prefer to have a 4.10 which would put the RPM a 60 MPH at 1934.
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I also have the 5.3L Vortex/4L60E I have no difficulty towing a Casita 17' SD.

You should have no problems.

I find it supprising that the HD Trailering Equipment came with a 3.42 rear axle ratio.

I have the same engine and transmission that you have and the RPM at 60 MPH is only 1760. Well below the 2000 RPM breakpoint for torque. I would prefer to have a 4.10 which would put the RPM a 60 MPH at 1934.
I took all information from the original sales sticker. I may be wrong.
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I took all information from the original sales sticker. I may be wrong.
The info is usually on your door sticker, check your manual to tell you how to read it.

If your manual is anything like that for my Ranger there are pages of info on towing with respect to the various models and options. One can only know for sure by comparing the sticker to your manual. Hopefully no one has done any mods.
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I had the Silverado Z71 tow pack etc etc. It towed my 17ft Casita with no problems. Colorado Passes were little competition for my truck, as long as I could keep the crazy people from pulling out in front of me, doing 10 miles per hour. I could maintain the speed limit easily if I wanted to. You will be fine! Enjoy!
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The info is usually on your door sticker, check your manual to tell you how to read it.

If your manual is anything like that for my Ranger there are pages of info on towing with respect to the various models and options. One can only know for sure by comparing the sticker to your manual. Hopefully no one has done any mods.
What's wrong with mods? SEMA represents a multi-billion dollar industry and an American tradition. Every vehicle could stand some improvement.
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What's wrong with mods? SEMA represents a multi-billion dollar industry and an American tradition. Every vehicle could stand some improvement.
Yes, I like modifications.

Sorry about not having a signature before. It got lost with the forum format change and I just forgot to re-enter it.
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What's wrong with mods?
Nothing wrong with mods gentlemen.

If someone has modified the drive train or suspension to improve the vehicle to their needs comparing the codes on the door sticker to the original manual for specs will not match what the manufacturer published.

My Ranger has about 4 pages of various towing capabilities based on the options available for that model year. The original options they refer to were all on the door sticker.

A previous owner could have changed the rear end and speedo gears etc. to suit their needs resulting in a different towing capacity and a new owner might not know it.
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Tom, I finished a 3500 mile trip about 10 days ago in my 07 Toyota Tacoma with a 4cyl. engine towing my 16' SD Scamp.
I averaged 21.8 MPG.
The only time I could not maintain the speed limit was over the Teton Pass, 8400, on Highway 22 in Wyoming. It is a 7 or 8 mile 10% grade to the summit.
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Thanks all, it is towing fine and I am getting 16.8 MPG at 60 MPH. I'm in no hurry! But thanks for all the info, I love this sight.
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I have a 2005 Silverado 1500 4wd Ext Cab Z71, Z71 off road package, Light Duty Power package, Vortex 5300 V8, HD Trailering Equipment, Rear Axle 3.42. The book is confusing, nut I believe I can tow up to 7700 lbs. Does anyone have a 1500 and tow, or know the answer? I believe I should have no trouble pulling a Scamp 16.
I am a G M mechanic tour truck can easilly tow 7700 in your owners manuel look under towing it gives the factory recommendations
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:14 PM   #14
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