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Old 09-09-2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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I purchased a new Kingston 33sk in may and have not had it on the road much as we presently have it a seasonal campsite but plan to tow it far afield next year! My question: is my 2004 GMC 2500 6 Liter Gas Sierra ext cab powerful enough (in your honest opinions) to do the job or should I be looking for a replacement. It is in good shape with low mileage and I used it with no problem to tow the rig about 30 miles when I first set it up in May but it did not test it on some of the roads that could cause it problems. I f anyone has experience with a similar truck and this rig I would like to hear your experiences.

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Old 09-09-2009, 11:32 AM   #2
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You will probably get a lot of different answers but I think you will be pushing it. That trailer weighs 10k empty and I would bet close to 12k by the time you load it if not more. I think you would like a big gas motor or a diesel much better. I had a 2001 Chevy 3/4 ton with the 6L gas engine and it was a strong engine but I would not want it pulling our trailer. That is just my opinion and only you can decide what will work best for you.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:59 AM   #3
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I hate to say it but with that 5vryou will eventually need a new truck.My trailer is 2,000lbs lighter and my 8.1L Chevy works pretty hard. You might be able to get by with it for short distances but if you want to do any traveling you won't like that truck and trailer combo.
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:18 PM   #4
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I have a Cruiser 31SB and my 2008 HD with the 6.0l and 6 spd. auto is right about at my comfort level. I felt the truck was ok, heck I took it all the way to NM and back to Maine.

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Old 09-09-2009, 02:14 PM   #5
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At firstI had a 2001 2500 6.0 with 4.10 gears towing my 2007 30SK. Loaded, the rig weighedabout 10K. The truck worked great till it came to a hill and then it would slow to 30-45MPHand the trans would heat up. The engine never overheated or even rose above the normal temp but the trans would. On straight roads I was able to cruise at 70 in O.D. if I wanted to. If your towing 2K more, then I don't think you will like the truck performance. I now have the Duramax and life is good! I recommend you look into uprgrading to a diesel or large V-8/V-10. Good luck.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:12 PM   #6
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To my fellow Crossroads RV folk,
I was pretty sure that I would need a truck upgrade and you have confirmed it for me. Thanks for your valuable feedback. I will let you know what I end up with in the future!
Happy trails to you all. Ken
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:54 AM   #7
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I have an 2008 33sk and have a 2006 GMC 3/4 ton with the Duramax engine and it pulls fine and stops fine and no problems on hills, but I wish I had a bigger truck for pulling it because I'm at the max I could go weight wise.

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Old 09-13-2009, 08:18 AM   #8
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Before spending money on something newer check you tow rating and payload ratings. I'm not sure what the GVRW is of the Kingston you have but I've mentioned before there are many other options available to going to an oil burner (no offense diesel burners). If your truck has low miles and is in good mechanical condition consider a turbo or supercharger with a programmer. You can make great power with those gassers and less maintenance in the long run. Just my 2c.
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:13 AM   #9
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Thanks, That is a good point to consider as well and it is something that a friend mentioned to me not too long ago. He has put a turbo on his Gas truck and increased the HP considerably, but the problem will be, can the tranny take the extra load that the new trailer and increased HP from the engine will put on it ? Even more to think about!!!
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:15 PM   #10
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If you only use the truck for the seasonal thing you probably won't have a problem. However A 3/4 ton truck is too small for a Kingston KF33SK. You willexceed your GVWR of your truck. Just for a moment, set aside all the trucks war things and just Look at plain facts.The GM and DODGE 1 tons have a GVWR of 9,900 lbs. A Ford F-350 has a GVWR of 11,200 lbs. The truck "experts" will argue that if you consider the difference between empty weight and GVWR, Ford only has an advantage of about 300 lbs...."only?"...thats 300 lbs more pin weightcapability! If you are towing that 33SK in a 30mph crosswind, which would you rather be driving, a 9,900 lb truck or 11,200 lb truck? Anyway, if you are considering a new/newer truck, do NOT hesitate to get a one ton. An F-350 drives the same as an F-250, gets the same mileage, rides the same and I assume the GM and DODGE models have the same characteristics. Last weekend was my first long trip with the 6.4 diesel and the 33SK and with the cruise control at 65mph I got 12.2 mpg. I do NOT believe this is a constant as the weather was perfect, minimal traffic, relatively flat surface, all interstate, etc. I would not mind switching to a GM truck but at this time they just don't have as good of a frame and therefore weight capabilities. I hope this fall yet to take my truck to a scale and get the actual pin weight. The Crossroads brochure lists the pin weight for a 33SK as 1,810. I'm curious to know what it really is cuz it really brings the box down onmy one ton. But since the 4wd one ton sits so high anyway it sits just about level with the trailer. Final word....get a one ton.
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