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Old 04-20-2009, 02:57 PM   #15
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TV is 2005 1500HD Silverado (3/4 ton, 6.0L) TCM

The last post brought me back to #1.

A 1500 HD is still a 1/2 ton. Conformation please.
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:46 PM   #16
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Smile Thanks everyone!!

Thanks to all for the feedback. I think this will work out for me. Sorry it took so long to get back to this,..I work in Tennessee during the week and only have internet for personal use on the weekends when I'm back in Arkansas.
The truck is badged as a 1500 but is actually a 3/4 ton. I believe it's rated at 8,600 lbs gvw. It's similar to the old Heavy Half tons, has the same running gear and driveline as the 2500's, sits about an inch lower overall and is perfect for pulling the AS. I've read somewhere that it is a 3/4 ton truck, but not as heavy as the 2500HD with the difference being a slightly lighter frame (the frame is still heavier than what is on a 1/2 ton). I believe gm quit making them when the body style changed.
Again, I appreciate all the feedback and will start looking for a campground. Can hardly wait to get on the road!! TCM
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:54 PM   #17
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Rivet 6.5' bed and 8' bike

Meant to address this in the last post,...you're right on the numbers. I have a 7' foot length of c channel that I use for a ramp. When the bike is loaded in the back of the truck the rear wheel overhangs onto the tailgate, with the axle right at the end of the bed. If the tiedown was correct I feel I could get by with this with no problems. But for insurance, I plan to mount the c channel in the bed of my truck in case my bike were to roll back any at all. TCM
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:00 AM   #18
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Did the previous owner re-badge it?

I doubt very much if GM did, if you PM me the VIN I can do a Build Sheet at work next week. That will give you all the info.
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:42 PM   #19
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No rebadge

1500HD, 6.0 liter engine, 4L80E tranny, 8 lug axles. It's got all the right stuff for towing. TCM
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:26 PM   #20
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Load all your stuff, including bike, adjust your hitch, weigh your axles, check against your GAWR front and rear (door sticker).
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:47 PM   #21
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Personally I would load the whole outfit bike and trailer and take a trip the the CAT scale or the local scrap yard,gravel pit,concrete or asphalt plant or Grain elevator.All have certified Scales. Weight Steering and Drive and trailer axles and then a total gross for the unit.
"THE TAIL IS IN THE SCALE" my friend .No guessing. If you are getting close to maximum gross U need to know.
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:30 PM   #22
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Good advice Mikethefixit, I will do that. I'm curious and your right,if I'm close I need to know. TCM
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:11 PM   #23
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Smile Sturgis 2009!

Made the trip with the Airstream and bike. Wife and I had a great time. It was fantastic having the Airstream and not tent camping---especially with the rainny nights we had.
Pulled the camper from Ripley, TN to Batesville, AR (my home) and then on to Sturgis, SD and back. Total mileage was 2,765.4 miles. Used 269.65 gallons of gas. Total fuel cost was $675.02 and averaged $2.50 a gallon. The cheapest gas was $2.20 and the most expensive was $2.90....all 87 octane. Total weight of the rig was 13,640 lbs. It was a smooth trip with no equipment problems at all.
We rode over 600 miles while we were there and stayed an extra day. Got everything in we had originally planned.....I missed Steven Tyler falling off the stage at the Buffalo Chip but the good time more than made up for it.
We camped at the Broken Spoke Campground and was one of only two Airstreams in a huge sea of SOB's.
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