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Old 10-01-2011, 10:34 AM   #29
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The Silverado 6.2L has the standard 3.73 rear end.
Hydra-Matic 6 speed
GVWR 7200 lb.
Payload 1,879 lb.
Curb wt. 5,321 lb.
The payload is low. As with most 1/2 and 3/4T trucks. A 7k trailer can have a 1k TW, leaving not a lot of truck payload capacity once WDH adjusted. This should be a consideration if one packs heavy. A TT that maxes out at 6,200 with a 12% TW of 750-lbs is easier to live with if so. (TT GVWR is but one way of looking at it.)

Find the RAWR for a closer look at what one can do, and the tire weight capacity (even if one has to change them).

I avoid 4WD, offroad, etc, spec'd trucks. How one uses it solo is at least as important a determinant, if not more so. Being higher off of the ground is worse for all kinds of performance.

With a 6-speed automatic one does not need 3.73 gears anymore. 3.42 more likely. That ratio on that truck is for oversize, offroad tires that inhibit rolling from a standing start.
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Old 10-01-2011, 11:07 AM   #30
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Did you guys notice that my 150 ecoboost has a 2670lb payload and 11000lb trailer capacity.
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Old 10-01-2011, 11:33 AM   #31
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Oh my, we find ourselves comparing apples, oranges and pears!

We currently pull a 22' CCD, but anticipate getting a 26-27' pre-1990 in the future.,
What are the specs on the 26-27 foot trailer?

My Tundra pulls my 25' Safari nicely (6300 gvw). I would think the GM with 6.2 should do the same. Towing MPG about 12 in my case.

To me it boils down to the specs on your anticipated trailer.
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:59 PM   #32
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It's the Silverado

Hey, thanks everyone. It really did help to hear differing views and experience. We're getting the Silverado 1500 with the 6.2L Vortec engine. I think the added HP, torque, and payload over the capacities of our Titan will be good for us and our Airstream. The truck will have comfy leather inside, and a practical utility rack in the bed. Loading kayaks and bicycles will be so much easier. We'll post a photo soon.

I'll try to explain, or justify, at least some of our reasoning. First, our 22' CCD has a GVW of about 4500 lbs, and a tongue weight of about 600. We've not had problems towing with the Titan, but have sometimes wished for a bit more power when climbing. We shouldn't need 403HP often, but it will be there.

We seriously considered the gently used 2009 GMC 2500, but in the end, the off-road suspension was a killer for us. Those of us that love our 22' CCDs worry about frame flexing and the hard ride would not have been good. The AirSafe (or is it AirRide?) hitch does sound like the way to go, but another $1K or more -- not at this time. Our dreams of a larger trailer are just that at this time -- dreams.

I've not heard from one person with an Eco-boost that gives anything but rave reviews, but there were no 2011 models available that met our requirements -- Lariat, 6.5' bed, and max. tow. The other drawback in northern Vermont is our local Ford dealer, while we're doing business with a very reasonable Chevy dealer.

Rednax, we need 4X4 -- we live about 2.5 miles up a gravel road, and especially suffer during mud season.

Again, thanks to all. Wish us many smooth miles, and happy trails to you,
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:44 AM   #33
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Congrats, look forward to the pic's.

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