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Old 07-26-2010, 03:40 AM   #1
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I am looking at getting either a Cruiser 30ES (8476 Lbs) or a 30RE (7969 Lbs)and would be towing it with a 2003 Silverado 2500HD 4WD Gas with 4:10 rear end. Mostly short trips but could take it further. I'm sure it will be a dog on hills, but any chance I could damage the truck?
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:45 AM   #2
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I think you will do just fine. I know several people that are pulling 5'ers in that weight range with trucks similar to yours with no problems.
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I towed my 30SK with the same set up (2001 plus Ext cab, 6.0L) and it pulled fine except for the hills. I would have to drop to 3rd and sometimes 2nd to get over the higher passes. On the flats, I was in OD cruising at any speed I wanted. I would definitely not call it a dog but you do need to remember your limitations.

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Old 07-26-2010, 11:33 AM   #4
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Ithink your OK. Just swallow your pride and throw the ego out the window on the hills - LOL. I towed 8000lbs across the country, Virginia to Moab, UT several times. It was a 10K construction trailer with a very lifted jeep hanging in the wind plus a lot of parts. 2001 Dodge 5.9L with 4:10s Gas mileage was bad at 6 mpg, but it did it. Your trailer should tow better than my jeep/trailer which wassittingsuper high above the cab, and your truck is built a lot heavier than my 1500.
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The 2500 chassis shouldn't have any problems handling the load. Check the towing rating for your truck. The 410 gearusually gives you more capacity. Did the truck come with a tow package, like tranny coolers, bigger radiator etc. ? If not you may need some after market goodies.
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Truck has towing package and spec says 10,200 lbs. Just worried that the 30ES, at the dealer is listed at 8,700 lbs, only leaves me with 1,500 lbs of cargo. I haven't weighed the TT that I have now (sould be 6,800 lbs) but sometimes even that seems heavy on hills.






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