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Kickin Your Grass
08-29-2006, 10:58 PM
Looks like Im trading the 1997 F-250 Crew Cab with the 7.5L 460 gas hog in on a 06 Chevy Silverado 1500 WT with manual windows and locks, bench seat, vinyl floor, A/C, Am/Fm radio, Auto, long bed, and a 4.8 V-8.

Will this truck be able to handle around 3,000 lbs (equipment and trailer total) of towing Mon-Fri ? I have been towing with my 05 Suburban the last week and have been getting 12-14 mpg average and it handles it like a dream. The Suburban is a 5.3. Please post what you think quickly because the deal is going down tomorrow at 1:00pm unless I back out.

mcwlandscaping
08-29-2006, 11:00 PM
i think that truck will pull that with no problem, and just to be sure, distribute the load on the trailer the most over the trailer axle as possible.

J&R Landscaping
08-29-2006, 11:18 PM
That 4.8 should have no trouble pulling 3000 pounds. What size trailer are you pulling with it? I would get the chevy, it will serve you well. Many people who cut grass just run a 1/2 ton truck. I had an f150 and was using that till the tranny started going (though it had 132k). I have since bought an f250 but I do plan on repairing the f150 and putting it back into service!

Kickin Your Grass
08-29-2006, 11:27 PM
6' x 10'

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d182/dallas02GT/4050.jpg

ED'S LAWNCARE
08-30-2006, 12:28 PM
sweet little rig. The chevy should pull it with no problem.

Brendan Smith
08-30-2006, 12:56 PM
there really isn't much difference between the 4.8 and the 5.3, you will be fine.

PGold
08-30-2006, 08:44 PM
A chevy can definitely handle that rig. You could pull that with an s10.

all ferris
08-30-2006, 08:55 PM
My 100# dog could pull that trailer around.

pottstim
08-31-2006, 01:39 AM
That truck should handle the load fine. I would make sure that this truck has the factory towing package which includes: auxilary transmission oil cooler (VERY IMPORTANT...IMHO), engine oil cooler, and receiver hitch. If by chance it doesn't have the tow pkg., you could always add a tranny cooler to the truck. I have the 4800 in my truck. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled a load of antique garden tractors out of Middle TN back here to East TN on my trailer. My buddy and I estimated that I had 2,500 lbs or so back there and the truck did well. The 4800 really shines above 2500 rpm. I took it easy on the way back and kept it around 65 (Interstate 75) I ran the truck in Tow/Haul mode in D (3rd). I really could not tell the trailer was back there. The truck got a little over 15mpg, not a whole lot to brag about, but it is a
4x4. With no trailer or load, the truck will get about 20mpg on the highway, and 15mpg in the city. Best of luck with your purchase.

Tim

Tadams
08-31-2006, 09:32 PM
I've got a 95 chevy 1500 with a 5.7 in it with 232,000 miles on it. I pull a 16' tandem trailer with a cage over the front. I haul a 60" lazer w/ ultra vac, 48" turf tracer, 2 push mowers, 2 trimmers, 1 edger, 2 BP blowers, 2 chainsaws, 2 hedge trimmers, rakes, shovels, and a bunch of other stuff. My truck pulls it fine. I wouldn't pull a trailer with out brakes- especially in the rain.

That new truck should pull your trailer with no problem. I doubt that you will even feel the trailer.

dcondon
08-31-2006, 09:38 PM
I would say go ahead and make the deal. You will be just fine..:)

Kickin Your Grass
09-01-2006, 04:24 PM
Ok guys. I ordered a 07 Chevy Silverado 1500 Classic Work Truck yesterday. It's a regular cab with a long bed and has the 4.8 V-8. They had to get it from another dealer but its suppose to be ready to pick up today at 4pm. It has the tow package with the receiver, tranny cooler, and light hook up. It has manual windows and locks, A/C, splint bench seating. I think I got a ok deal on it(16.8). They gave me (4.0) for my 97 F-250 crew cab with 127,000 miles on it. I will get some pics posted when I pick it up.

Kickin Your Grass
09-01-2006, 09:21 PM
The old:

http://myspace-826.vo.llnwd.net/00608/62/81/608241826_l.jpg




The new:

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d182/dallas02GT/4095.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d182/dallas02GT/4088.jpg

J&R Landscaping
09-02-2006, 10:33 AM
The new truck is only a 2wd?

Kickin Your Grass
09-06-2006, 07:49 PM
Yes, It's a 2wd. No need for a 4wd drive here. We don't have snow very often.

grassmanak
09-06-2006, 08:18 PM
How does it pull?? I had the 5.3 in my last truck, gutless if you ask me, even small trailers it worked for, have the 6.0 now,

Kickin Your Grass
09-06-2006, 09:41 PM
How does it pull?? I had the 5.3 in my last truck, gutless if you ask me, even small trailers it worked for, have the 6.0 now,

I think it pulls fine so far. It seems to be getting pretty good mpg. I went 111 miles on this tank so far and I am just a tad under 3/4's.

lawnboy dan
09-07-2006, 05:20 PM
hard to find a striped down work truck these days isnt it? most want to sell you a country caddallic type of truck. it took me a while to find mine. i appaluad you for not buying more truck than you really need.

Shopkeeper
09-08-2006, 02:54 PM
I am curious as to why you decided to drop the extended cab? I would never buy one without it, but I guess I use my truck for more than just work, though.

Petr51488
09-08-2006, 03:00 PM
I think it pulls fine so far. It seems to be getting pretty good mpg. I went 111 miles on this tank so far and I am just a tad under 3/4's.


How big is your tank? mines 34 gallons and i get about 340 miles with a trailer highway to about 30 gallons

Kickin Your Grass
09-08-2006, 03:34 PM
I am curious as to why you decided to drop the extended cab? I would never buy one without it, but I guess I use my truck for more than just work, though.

I never used it. I just bought way more truck then I needed. Im happy with my new one.