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Old 09-28-2002, 06:44 AM   #1
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I started fulltiming in Feb of this yr and was new to trailering. I own a 1994 28' Excella and tow with a 2000 Silverado K1500 5.3L 4:10 Z71. I was really concerned that my truck was under power, but since I was going to Revelstoke, B.C. for the summer, I thought this would be a good test. The truck did awesome! Pulling those mountain passes in 2nd gear, 2500rpm @ 35mph was fine for me. Also going down hill in 2nd gear, she held down the decending speed. I thought some of you may find the following certified weights interesting:

Truck frt axle actual 2860lb GAWR 3925lb
" rear axle " 3200lb " 3750lb
Trailer axles " 6760lb GVWR 8400lb

Total " 12,820lb GCWR 14,100lb

I also use the Hensley Arrow, which I love! The truck used a qtr of oil on the way home (3500 miles) and avg. 13 mpg @ 55mph. It avg. 10.5 mpg in the mountains. I towed in 3rd grear up and back @ 2500rpm.
All said and done, this truck did excellent and I'm glad I didn't trade it in for a 3/4 ton diesel. As Andy @ Inland RV has said, "It's in the gearing".
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Congradulations, on your shift to full timing!!I'd do the same but wife hates it, dog loves it!!! I assume your truck has stick shift?? That's fantastic mileage for a 4:10 rear!! Tom
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Actually, it has an automatic tranny with the tow-haul mode.
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john,

sounds like we have about the same set up, i have a '92 29 foot excella that wieghs about the same as yours.

i also have a 2000 silverado 4x4 with 4.10 gears, love it!

the differance is that mine is a 3/4 ton and i chose the 6.0L engine.

the only reason i went with the heavier truck is because i throw my '55 harley in the back. but, i have towed this setup with a 1/2 ton chev. with 3.73 gears and a 5.7L. seemed to do o.k. on the flats but struggled a little on big hills(not bad).

the one thing i like quite a bit about the newer chev's are the disc brakes on both the front and rear. much better stopping power. and no problems keeping the rear brakes adjusted!

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Just out of curiosity, what mileage do you get with your combination? It's close to what I am thinking of buying.
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10 to 12 depending on terrain and speed. very happy with how my truck tows my trailer. if you get a 3/4 ton you get the 4l80e automatic tranny, then you can tow in overdrive.

empty it ranges 14 to 16 mpg.

the other thing that delights me about my truck is the exellent brakes, as i mentioned earlier.

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