2000 Silverado tow vechicle
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".