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Old 01-05-2013, 06:26 PM
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What gas trucks can pull a 20 foot enclosed trailer?

I have a chevy 1500 with a v8 gas engine. I assume thats not going to work. No dot regulations here thank god so tell me what truck? It has to be gas not diesel.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:58 PM
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My brother in law pulls a 20V nose with a tundra. I'm sure a ranger would move a 20' My point what will be in the trailer and type of driving (highway/city/hills) I would improve the brakes on the truck maybe a trans cooler and shift kit etc
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:04 PM
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you better get a v10! go ford!
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:56 PM
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depends whats in the trailer. I have a 2500 chevy 6.0 and use it for my lawn truck and I also tow a 26' camper. This is a small-ish camper compared to what I could pull with that truck. But it's comfortable towing that size camper loaded around 7-8000 lbs. Now, I see guys rolling in to campgrounds towing 30 footers with Ford explorers, or similar. not the smartest thing to do, but it does happen. So your 1500 would certainly pull a 20' enclosed trailer as long as you're not crazy heavy. So don't load it up with 5 zero turns, a few walk behinds, a compact tractor and a race car. if you need to fill that size trailer, def go with a 3/4 or 1 ton. might consider a WD hitch as well.

As for trucks, I can only speak for the 6.0 and 8.1 gassers from Chevy. I have the 6.0 and it's OK, not great but it does fine, never overheats, never complains, just is a bit underpowered on hills sometimes. no issues with my lawn rig tho. it also is thirsty on the gas. towing the camper I get around 7-8mpg. Now, I've used a friends 8.1 chevy before and that thing pulled every bit as well as my old dodge cummins did. I wish Chevy still made that 8.1 it got the same mileage as the 6.0 and had tons more power. But I don't think you'd be disappointed with the chevy 6.0 with a 20' trailer unless you're in the rocky mountains.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:30 PM
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My 97 ram 1500 has pulled a 8.5 by 22V empty, with 2 mowers, with a jetta in it, also had a ranger in, and fully loaded with moving stuff. Yes I have air bags but I didn't with the 2 mowers. The moving stuff by far was the worst on my truck but it took it no problem and the trailer didn't have brakes. A 1500 can pull a 20V but I would put air bags in the rear to help with the weight.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:38 PM
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Don't use airbags add leaf springs and you'll be great. Airbags are like a band aid
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:45 PM
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Why don't u just get a diesel? I used the 6.0 for years and the fuel mileage sucked. Got a duramax now I get twice the mileage of the 6.0 and triple the power.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:56 PM
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Don't use airbags add leaf springs and you'll be great. Airbags are like a band aid
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I'm not agreeing and im not disagreeing for the price of a cheap pair of bags you could get a good set of added leafs but your ride suffers greatly I wanted something that you could throw a lot of weight at but still have a good ride when you not hauling. I have the firestone air springs and wouldn't have it any other way. I haul up to 4 different trailers and its nice to be able to level out the truck and be able to change PSI for each trailer to not suffer ride.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:29 PM
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Yea you're right. I added leafs to my work truck... It does ride rough unloaded.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:08 PM
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I pull a 8.5X20 enclosed with 2 61" zrt's and all the other goodies.

Ram 2500, 5.7 Hemi pulls it fine. It's flat here no hills at all and the mpg is not good towing.

Have also pulled it a time or two with our 97 Chevy 1500. It will do it but it don't like it.
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