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Old 06-10-2016, 11:02 AM   #11
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Just some quick research on your exact year/model shows those temps to be pretty normal when towing.
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Old 06-10-2016, 11:32 AM   #12
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It has been many yrs since I towed with a 5.3L, but as I recall your towing temps do sound normal. As long as the temp doesn't increase more than 10% climbing a grade and then drops on the descent you should be fine. When backing as already pointed out, with limited air flow across the cooler, your temp is going to increase quickly. So, minimize time backing up by planning the maneuver or stop for a few min. and let it cool down.
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Old 06-10-2016, 07:38 PM   #13
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Thanks all for the feedback and advice about transmission temps. Morphrider you said you did a quick search for trans temp of my truck. Can you tell me where you found info. It looks like most of you are towing with a 6.0 gasser 2500. Perhaps for peace of mind I should trade up. Can someone tell me what kind of gas mileage you are getting towing and not towing with one? They all come standard with 4.10 rear now. We have never been to Colorado so I'm apprehensive about towing trailer with my 1500. Again it tows fine here in TN
but I understand Colorado is a lot more challenging. Does anyone who has been their think my 1500 is enough to make the trip?
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I am no expert here but I have owned Ford, Chevy and Dodge 1500 and 2500 series gassers and pulled quite a bit with them all. I am committed to nothing less than 2500 series trucks for towing and hauling - having done tranny damage to 2 - 1500 series trucks in the past. Currently I stepped up to a 3500 series Dodge with Cumins Turbo Diesel and I can say that I don't worry about pulling (5er is 9600 lbs) through Colorado. Personally, I would recommend a 3/4 ton series truck to pull far away from home - you don't need the stress of worry when you are on vacation.
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:49 AM   #15
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Transmission temp silverado

I tried to post my mileage but didn't show. Trying again, with the 6.0 410's I get 15.5 hwy driving her easy, 13 around town. Towing fairly level sea level 9 mpg.
I m leaving for a week now pulling serious hills in Catskills of NY about 400 miles RT.. I anticipate even less. I'm also gonna watch my trans temps and will advise on return. I still do not remember mine getting that high, but could be mistaken. Just purchased this TT in Fl and pulled it home to NY. Previously owned 02,06,10,13 all Chev 1500 and still own 1500 Ram. This is my first 2500 and I agree with previous post I won't go back to 1500. I do not tow that often, and pretty much pull at sea level so I couldn't see getting diesel. The extensive Chev manual gives no indication of trans temps, at least I couldn't find it.
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Old 06-11-2016, 06:20 AM   #16
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Thanks all for the feedback and advice about transmission temps. Morphrider you said you did a quick search for trans temp of my truck. Can you tell me where you found info. It looks like most of you are towing with a 6.0 gasser 2500. Perhaps for peace of mind I should trade up. Can someone tell me what kind of gas mileage you are getting towing and not towing with one? They all come standard with 4.10 rear now. We have never been to Colorado so I'm apprehensive about towing trailer with my 1500. Again it tows fine here in TN
but I understand Colorado is a lot more challenging. Does anyone who has been their think my 1500 is enough to make the trip?
This is the forum thread I seen your temperatures for your year of truck. You will not get good gas mileage with the 6.0 but you will get reliability. As far as your trip goes I think you should be fine depending on where at in Colorado you are going.TN to here is pretty flat until you get past Denver. Where do you plan to make your final stop in CO?

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Thanks Bowhunter and Max Dow for your recent replys and info. Looks like I will look at some 2500 trucks. About a 5mpg drop over my 1500 but I guess you have to pay to play. My current truck gets 20mpg empty and 16 pulling. Love this truck but if I have to worry about my transmission all the time guess it's time .
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It may be hard to walk away from that mileage but in the long run, a properly equipped 2500 series with a towing tranny package will probably save you money in the long run. You can't have "too much truck". Good luck!
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Old 06-11-2016, 06:59 AM   #19
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We planned to stay in Canyon City and then drive upto Rocky Mountain Park without trailer. Looks to be about 2.5 hours away. My thoughts were it would be flat towing. Open to suggestions to get closer
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Why not just add a larger trans cooler in your truck
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