Looking for a new truck ??? thoughts ???

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Iceman318, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Iceman318

    Iceman318 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Hey guys, anybody on here running any chevy 1500 5.3L's? Im looking at upgrading from my 2002 2 wheel drive 4.3L as it doesn't have the towing capacity I need. I'm hauling either a 14 foot tandem enclosed, 22 foot tandem flatdeck, or an 8 foot tandem dump, all of which are rated for 7000 lbs. the towing capicity on the 2012 chevy 1500 reg cab 4x4 long box with the 5.3L and 6 speed hd auto tranny is about 10000 lbs so I'm thinking it'll be fine. Any thoughts?
  2. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Messages: 2,408

    If you're consistently towing that much weight you will wear that truck out. You should be looking at a 3/4.
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  3. rungreen

    rungreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    I have similar trailers, but usually pull 16 ft tandem the most during year. 2008 chevy 5.3 handles fine 78000 miles on truck nothing but normal mainteance. Doesnt get get much above 11 or 12 with trailer on but they all suck on gas.

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