Increase towing

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by dannetb, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Padilen

    Padilen Senior Member

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    Have you weighed it loaded? Truck with all people &gear, full of gas. Trailer with (?)) and all fluids. It's a combined weight. But it's futile to ask for advice when your going to do it regardless.
    I'm not perfect I have towed over loaded. But it wasn't the plan. I now have a 1/2 ton, at the time I thought it was more than I'd ever need again. But once again I was wrong. I made my decision based on faulty future sight
     
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    dannetb Junior Member

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    I have towed it with a 1500 Tahoe and it toes it perfectly fine. The trailer is rated at 6000 empty and it has 4 sleds in it plus gear puts it at about 7500
     
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    Because 5 lugs says nothing lol. Your trick is not rated for 7500. That's the most any 2nd Gen 1500 was rated for and that's 2wd rclb with 5.9 and 3.92s. Yes you have 4.11s and it'll pull it fine but your truck is also taller than standard stock and isn't rated for that and you can get in a shit load of trouble. 1 trip maybe every couple months or so ok do whatever you want but if you're going to tow it often, get a bigger truck.

    You could put standard 1500 springs and 245s on to over gear if you are serious about this being your tow pig but answer this: is it worth your time and money and risk to use this truck.

    I'm not gonna tell you what to do just my recommendation. The ORE will be better than tune tahoe but a 2500 would be better yet
     
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    You're a stubborn little prick, aren't you?
    Go ahead and tow it. Go ahead and end up in jail one of these days then you lose the trailer and kill someone
     
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    Funny how someone will ask for opinions or recommendations and then poo poo every one of them because they don't get the answers they want.
    This guy is going to do what he wants anyway so to him I say :flipthebird:
     
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    Yeah this just sounds like a bad idea. It's fine and dandy to consider the dealer undsrshoots power numbers on engines sometimes and can be altered and whatnot to gain more, but towing is not something to fool around with. I do have ample experience towing as I do it weekly for my job. It's really nothing to take a risk on. If it's an emergency and you were going to stay on side streets then I can see taking a chance maybe once if you didn't get going too fast. I'm talking nothing above 35. I have literally witnessed welded in receivers bend on a truck when it took off from a light. Thankfully that had no momentum, but if he got lucky and made it through that might, he might have gained enough momentum to cause a lot of damage and risk injury to many people. Basically, if you have to ask about increasing the towing capacity of a vehicle, it's time to find another vehicle with a higher towing capacity. Towing capacity isn't going to change unless you do some seriously hardcore frame strengthening and other modifications that would cost you more than 2500 with a cummins. You can squeeze more power out of a drivetrain and make towing easier, however it won't increase how much you can pull. I don't know that I'd pull that load with a Tahoe either. You might have done it lots of times, but you don't notice the strain that's being put on the truck each time. And you won't usually until it's too late, ans it would really suck for somebody else to pay for it.
     
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    What is the gvw if the trailer, sounds like that may be overloaded also, can not tell from your wording (may just be the way I am reading it though)
     
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    Well let's see. Gearing is fine. Use stock tire size and you'll be fine. What kind of rims/wheels do you have? Stock or find a set rated for what you need. Buy an Add a leaf for each side or just get new leaf shackles AND extra leafs. Get some decent shocks. Make sure the hitch is in good condition. Get a fresh set of brakes and not the cheapos lol.. Please don't go 70.. Now for what you don't want to hear... Get a cummins or v10.

    You can get an airlift system to help.
    New shocks/springs in the front can help.
    Brake controller
    Use less load

    I don't recommend it though. I knew a guy who got killed and killed a few others doing what you are.. He used a 1/2 ton chevy to haul a gooseneck with 4 horses... Was a good man and great horse trainer
     
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    Fun fact: Previous owner of my truck had a gooseneck installed and used it to tow a cattle trailer.
     
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    I also had a 95 ram 1500 with 5.9 and a 3rd wheel for hauling a gooseneck... The suspension was shot in that truck and everything needed replaced. Also had cracked leafs on both sides... When I bought it I only used it for hauling hay and bumper trailer
     

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