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grasscutter845
11-25-2007, 10:49 PM
I have a 05 chevy 1500 5.3..... This spring im planning on buying a 16 foot enclosed trailer and hauling a walk behind and a z. And the weekwacker and blowers and what not for lawn mowing. Do you think the truck can handle this much weight or will i be killing my truck and stick to a open trailer??

PerfectEarth
11-25-2007, 10:53 PM
How much does the trailer weigh empty??

grassmanak
11-26-2007, 12:02 AM
i have the same setup, it tows it just fine, wont win any races, doesnt do to good over 65, but otherwise its no problem.

South Florida Lawns
11-26-2007, 12:26 AM
I pull a 16 ft enclosed with my 1500 4.3L and have no problems at all.

Trailer sits level. Very stable at 75-80. Acceleration is just a little slow.

THEoneandonlyLawnRanger
11-26-2007, 06:20 AM
should be fine

MarcSmith
11-26-2007, 08:52 AM
check your tranmisison, If you have a the 4L60e (most likely) its a weak transmission, the 4l65e was a better transmission, but only offered on the 6.0 Vortec. If for some reason you have a 4L80E, then you'll have no issues....Just keep the fluid fresh, and you may even want to add a "deep" transmission pan. More fluid=better cooling. Many of the deeper pans have drain plugs as well to make it easier to change the fluid...
Another thing to think about would be the addition of a quality shift kit... A harder/faster shift is better than one that lingers and slip into gear. Think about when you slip into gear with a manual you are ridding the clutch longer generating more heat, ect. Heat is the enemy to a automatic transmission.

beano
11-26-2007, 09:17 AM
I have a 1500 with the 4.8 ltr in it and a 18ft enclosed with 2 wb's and a z and you wont win any races but it pulls fine.....i think my trailer weighs 2600lbs empty and with my stuff in it im right around 4900lbs.

Pro-Scapes
11-26-2007, 10:06 AM
biggest issue... make sure your trailer has brakes. Some of the econo trailers out there they are an option which is stupid with a load that big.

Yes it will pull it. No you wont win races. I would be more concearned about wear and tear than being able to pull it. We got a 5.3 now in our 05 silverado and I cant wait to get a duramax. My uncles duramax gets about 20mpg...and thats towing a 5000 pound load! When I hitch up our 3500 pound boat I get on average of 13-14. I find keeping it at 65 vs 70 seems to help mildly.

watatrp
11-26-2007, 01:38 PM
I had a 2001 1500 w/ the 5.7. My open 16 foot trailer with equipment was about 4000 lbs. I went thru the first transmission at 25k miles. The second one was put in at 50k miles. I saw the pattern so traded it in for an 02 Duramax/Allison combo. No problems for 90k miles now.

deere-man
11-26-2007, 02:17 PM
1)drive It Like You Should. 2)chg.transm. Fluid & Filter Yearly 3)trailor Brakes. You Should Be Ok But You Must Take Care Of It Or It Will Take A Crap.

grasscutter845
11-26-2007, 04:57 PM
Thanks for all the info. Do u think i would be able to get away with a 14 foot trailer and still be able to fit a z and wb??

Idealtim
11-26-2007, 06:37 PM
I don't think towing a reasonable sized landscaping trailer with a 1/2 ton is as much as a problem with newer pickups. Anthing bigger than 6x12 I would deffinately have a brake controller installed though.

flairland
11-26-2007, 08:12 PM
watatrp,
I don't think you can get a 5.7 in an 01 GMC truck - didn't they stop making that engine in 98'?

leaflandscape
11-26-2007, 11:13 PM
What are those chevs able to pull? I have an 06 F150, and it pulls a 7000 lb dump trailer really nice, but we take it fairly easy on her.

JoshC
11-26-2007, 11:24 PM
I can pull my 16ft open trailer with the Ferris 3100 and the Toro without a problem. If I stay under 60 I barely know it's there. On the interstate I run 75-80 and the truck never gets above 3000rpm. Every one in a while I'll get lucky and it will drop back down to 2000rpm. I'd recommend using the Tow/Haul mode so that you shift better. Also a good brake controller is a must. I run a Tekonsha P3 in my truck, but the Prodigy or anything with Proportional Braking would do fine also. Don't be cheap. The extra $75-$100 is worth it.

My next truck will have the 6.0L gas or a Duramax in it though for the upgraded transmission, higher HP, and longentivity.

South Florida Lawns
11-27-2007, 03:40 AM
check your tranmisison, If you have a the 4L60e (most likely) its a weak transmission, the 4l65e was a better transmission, but only offered on the 6.0 Vortec. If for some reason you have a 4L80E, then you'll have no issues....Just keep the fluid fresh, and you may even want to add a "deep" transmission pan. More fluid=better cooling. Many of the deeper pans have drain plugs as well to make it easier to change the fluid...
Another thing to think about would be the addition of a quality shift kit... A harder/faster shift is better than one that lingers and slip into gear. Think about when you slip into gear with a manual you are ridding the clutch longer generating more heat, ect. Heat is the enemy to a automatic transmission.


4L60E is not really a weak tranny in fact it is more than adequate for towing in a half to truck. A lot of the times people will get a truck put on a hitch and pull their trailer all over the place. But they won't upgrade or add a tranny cooler (temp gages too), and as you said it heat is the enemy to an automatic transmission. And thats how you kill a 4L60E.