What do you tow with?

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  1. CrystalCoastCamper

    CrystalCoastCamper Stay strong and Camp on!!

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    Our TV is a 2014 F150 XLT with the 3.5L V6. Plenty of towing ability plus room for DAYS with the crew cab. One thing to think about is does this trailer have brakes? Our truck already was set up for towing with the factory brake controller and transmission oil cooler and it pulls our 3000# a-frame like it's not evn back there. I don't believe a lot, if any, midsize SUV's are already rigged up for trailers with brakes but you can find aftermarket controllers pretty easy though.
     
  2. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

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    My Explorer has the similar 3.5L V6 engine that tows my 3500# like its nothing back there.
     
  3. Fless

    Fless Active Member

    I tow with a truck-based SUV, a Tahoe with a 5.3L gas engine. Pulls my Cheyenne (~3K lb. gross) with ease, even up high mountain passes.
     
  4. mdcamping

    mdcamping New Member

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    I tow with my 07 Toyota Tacoma,Double Cab, Max Towing 6,500lbs. I have a 2011 Jayco X20 E, 3700 Dry weight Hybrid "Towing with 165K on my Tacoma"

    Mike
     
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  5. Daisy on my toe

    Daisy on my toe Member

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    We have a 1/4 ton Chevy Silverado it has a factory tow package isn't necessary towing our little pup but does make me more comfortable.
     
  6. bikendan

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    i thought the Silverado was a 1/2 ton[;)]
     
  7. f5moab

    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    Never heard of a Silverado being rated for 1/4 ton. Those old tonnage ratings of 1/2 ton (1500), 3/4 ton (2500), 1 ton (3500) are carryovers from the 50s. Today a 1500 can carry more than Actually, a Silverado can be a 1/2, 3/4 or 1 ton; however, it sure is not a 1/4 ton. (However, those old tonnage ratings are left over from the 50s and a 1500/150 series can easily carry more than a 1000 pounds and the others have a greater payload than the old rating.)
     
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  8. Daisy on my toe

    Daisy on my toe Member

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    Yes, 1/2 ton you are correct. My mistake. It is my husband's vehicles I don't know all the specs. [:I]
     
  9. southern_gs

    southern_gs New Member

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    Currently pulling 2015 Shamrock 23SS with a 2002 Suburban 5.3....215K miles on the odometer! Just went out this weekend and it pulled like a champ. Mind you, we stay fairly close 1-2 hours from Atlanta, southward. Not sure how I would feel trying to pull over the mountains with this rig. I can hold 55-60 most any flat road...occasionally downshifting but not going over 3500 RPM. Big hills are a different story. Worst yet was a long, steady climb and I dropped to 50 MPH, pedal down, running 4K RPM. Get a good WD hitch + sway control. We added Air Lift air bags (under $100) to help out with any droop in the back. Makes things nice and stable. If I were pulling over mountains or long hauls, I would want a 2500 series Suburban or truck.
     
  10. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

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    You may not need to get 2500 Suburban. I believe the 1500 is enough to tow 6400 lbs max weight. The max tow weight for the Sub is 8000 lbs. Unless the Sub is acting its age, then get the new 1500 Sub if you wish. the 2500 would be better but see the new technology today may allow the 1500 do a good job towing.
     
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