View Full Version : Chevy 1500 & Equipment

01-28-2005, 11:39 AM
I have a Chevy 1500, v6, 4.3 L engine. I will be towing 2 wb's, a 21", trimmer and blower. I would like to get a 16 footer tandem axle but will this be too much for my truck to pull? If any body out there is towing with similar equipment what size trailer are you using?

01-28-2005, 11:59 AM
Is your truck a reg. cab, short bed, auto, factory tow package? Please give more details. What size w/b do you have, and what is the approximate weight of the trailer, 1200lbs or so? Do you plan on clean ups with this truck also?

01-28-2005, 01:34 PM
It's a regular cab long bed. The wb's are 48 inch Exmarks. It has just a basic towing package. I don't have the trailer yet, thats why I am asking what size you think I should get.

01-28-2005, 02:05 PM
Not knowing what year your truck is or if it's an auto or stick, here is some figures for a new '05 truck( should not be much different ):
stick w/ 3.23 rear end-3800lbs.
auto w/ 3.23 rear end-4800lbs.
If your rear ratio is lower(higher number like 3.55, 3.73 etc. ) then you could tow a little more. If you figure 600 lbs. for each w/b, 100 lbs. for 21", and a 100 lbs. for trimmer,blower,gas etc. then your at 1400 lbs. Depending on how heavy a trailer you get you should be ok. If the trailer is built from angle iron, it should weigh about 1000 to 1200 lbs. for a 16'. Just make sure your truck has a tranny cooler to help while towing. As a comparison, I had a '96 S10 ec/sb ZR2 4.3/5 speed, I pulled my 6.5x10 trailer w/ 2-600 sport bikes loaded from Flint, MI to Daytona, Fl. with no problem. I figure I had about 2500 lbs. total including luggage and all.

01-28-2005, 03:46 PM
Thanks for the replies Green. So would you say my 97 Chevy 1500 stick shift would be able to pull a 16' trailer and my equipment?

01-29-2005, 02:56 AM
A truck will pull anything you put to it, but it's towing on a daily basis and trying to stop the load improperly that will wear them out. You should be fine, but get a tranny cooler. I had an '82 GMC 1500 (pile of garbage, BTW) that went through a tranny in 2 years of me towing my trailer around town 4 days a week. I was towing about 2 thousand pounds or so, nothing much. Now I know you're thinking that an '82 is a long ways from what today's trucks are, but the principle is the same. You could probably count on that truck for a while, seems like it should work for you just fine. But if you get the opportunity to upgrade to a 3/4 ton in the next couple years, it might be worth your while on down the road.

D Felix
01-29-2005, 10:16 AM
Here's a recent thread with a similiar question, if you haven't seen it yet.

A 1/2 ton with a V6, doesn't matter who made it, isn't made to be pulling a trailer day in and day out. Upgrade the truck to a 3/4 ton with a V8 (or diesel) as soon as you can, and you will be much better off in the long run. At the very least, get a 1/2 ton with a V8.

Also, stopping is more important than going, so make sure the brake system is up to snuff (or better) on the truck, and get a trailer with brakes on it.


01-29-2005, 11:03 AM
If you are mowing a couple days a week I would think you would be ok for now. I do not know if you can add a tranny cooler to a manual tranny. I just know a v8/auto would be a better setup, but you do have to start somewhere. Good luck.