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Old 05-19-2017, 08:42 AM   #15
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Thanks Rich, I just found that on the order guide, 400 or 500 lb boost to GVWR with max tow. Now if only the 1500 was available with a 36 gallon tank.

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Old 05-19-2017, 08:45 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by lsbrodsky View Post
Thanks Rich, I just found that on the order guide, 400 or 500 lb boost to GVWR with max tow. Now if only the 1500 was available with a 36 gallon tank.
Interesting, I just had that 36 gallon discussion with the Brand Manager on Wednesday....along with, I want another 400# payload with MaxTow. Been pushing that for a couple years...we'll see what happens in the next Gen truck.


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Old 05-19-2017, 08:54 AM   #17
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The OP has a great truck for towing an AS, except for fuel capacity. My next truck is going to require more than 26 gallons and I do not want to buy a 2500HD. I have never owned a FORD but my next truck will be a FORD 1/2 ton if GM does not match the FORD options. I am going to hold out for 2-4 years.
The OP can easily carry what he wants to carry, but he is going to need to stop for fuel on a long day of driving..that is just not consistent with the competition.

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Old 05-19-2017, 09:21 AM   #18
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You have a great truck for what you are looking to do. Only advantage diesel would have given besides exhaust brake and torque is that you could have added a titan spare tank in the bed to carry extra diesel but stopping for gas shouldn't be a drawback that messes you up. Have fun.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:34 AM   #19
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Thanks everyone!

Super appreciate all of the help.

I've been dreaming of the day I have an airstream for many years, and now I'm likely just a couple of days away!

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Old 05-19-2017, 10:59 AM   #20
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Good Morning, Adam
As a fellow Idahoan I'm gonna tell you to ignore advice from flatlanders, and go with a bigger engine if you can. I have towed my little 5,000lb 20ft FC all over (including up Vail Pass) with my 2005 Yukon and 2012 Tahoe (both with the 5.3L engine), and its not fun to sit there while you lose the power to get you up our mountains (think Rt. 21 up to Idaho City and Stanley), and listen to the constant shifting and high revving. Traded my 2005 Yukon for a used 3/4 ton Suburban. Tho nowhere as nimble as our Tahoes/Sierras, it does a much better job. This is my advice despite you'll now get a bunch of responses showing that the new 5.3L GM engines are actually more powerful than my 6 year old 6.0L. In either case, safe travels. jon
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:37 AM   #21
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Just for a reference point, I use my 2014 w/ 5.3 w/ 3.73 gear to pull up two fairly steep grades near my home. One is 6% for 3 miles and the other is 6% for 6 miles with several turns. These are known as the Old Fort and Saluda grades near Asheville, NC. ( I think I got those specs right but you might want to check to make sure my numbers are right)

My truck has no problem keeping the speed limit (55) I have been up the Old Fort Grade at 60mph also with no troubles.

Maybe in Idaho you have longer and steeper grades but no issues for me hauling my rig over Monarch pass in Colorado either. My dad has the 6.2 and yes it pulls better and has a little more payload but due to premium fuel, I think I would make the same choice again.

I'm not trying to advocate a 1/2 ton over 3/4 ton as the 3/4 is obviously better in every measure for towing. I think for the O.P.'s sake it is important for him to know that his current truck can adequately do the job he is asking of it if he wants to keep that truck in my personal opinion. If you want to upgrade to a 3/4 ton than by all means. Hook it up and forget it. The new HD trucks are beautiful!

My experience only. Yours may vary. Safe travels and enjoy your Airstream!!
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:32 PM   #22
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You will do fine

I pulled a 30' Classic with my Chevy 5.3 and it did fine. I pulled it over 20,000 miles.
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:41 PM   #23
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You will be fine. There are people on this forum that would pull that trailer over the continental divide with a VW Bettle rebuilt by CanAM, running on E85 fuel, rolling on GYM tires without a TPMS
Right On! and uphill both ways in the snow

5.3 might be a bit light on the upside of the hill. Has about the same HP/torque as my 4.7 Mitsubishi engine
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:50 PM   #24
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Considering that your towing limit is 11K, compared to your carrying capacity of 2.1K, that means your truck can pull 5 times more cargo than it can carry.

Keep that in mind when loading excess freight. It would be easier on your truck if you packed it all in the trailer.
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:58 PM   #25
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If you are comparing towing over the Rockies at > 11,000 feet to running over the same grade at 1,000 feet back east .... that's not a fair comparison. You likely have 20% less power at the higher altitude. Yes, it's a "that depends" sort of thing so it's only a rough number. Been there and done that both places a number of times. The thin air has an effect.

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Old 05-20-2017, 07:34 AM   #26
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You will be just fine. I have pulled a similar rig with my 2014 Silverado, crew cab, short bed, 5.3 engine with no problems. I did put in rear air-lift air bags and a rear anti-sway bar. I replaced the wrangled radicals with Michelin LTE 265/60R 20 tires....big improvement (e rated tire). I use a Blue-ox hitch an it all seems good.

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