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Am I doing the right thing?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Kickin Your Grass, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    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.
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    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.
  3. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    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!
  4. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479


    ED'S LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    sweet little rig. The chevy should pull it with no problem.
  6. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    there really isn't much difference between the 4.8 and the 5.3, you will be fine.
  7. PGold

    PGold LawnSite Member
    from biloxi
    Messages: 53

    A chevy can definitely handle that rig. You could pull that with an s10.
  8. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    My 100# dog could pull that trailer around.
  9. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    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.

  10. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    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.

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