What gas trucks can pull a 20 foot enclosed trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by cimkill, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. cimkill

    cimkill LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  2. NIXRAY

    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
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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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  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    you better get a v10! go ford!
     
  4. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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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.
     
  5. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
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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.
     
  6. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
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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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  7. nwimaintenance

    nwimaintenance LawnSite Member
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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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  8. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
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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.
     
  9. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yea you're right. I added leafs to my work truck... It does ride rough unloaded.
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  10. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
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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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