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Sonoma 4.3 pulling a 6x12????

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by scagman, Jan 15, 2002.

  1. scagman

    scagman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    I currently own a 1991 gmc sonoma 4.3 litre my problem is that I need a new trailer and I want to buy a trailer that I will be able to use in the near future when I get my 250 psd. My question is will this trailer be to much for my truck. I do have alot faith in my truck because its not really like all other s-10's. It has helper springs and good size tires, It is the single cab with a longbed and it has a strong 4.3 which I think runs around 160-180 hp. The main thing that I am concerned about is stopping and the trailer pushing me down a hill swerving, also has anyone had any experience pulling a big trailer behind an s-10 or 1500 with the 4.3 hows the power???This trailer will be holding a 32" w/b and two 21"s also I bag almost all my lawns so the truck will most likely have a load of grass towards the end of the day.
  2. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    I used to have an 84 S10 excab 4x4,I towed my 18 ft tanden axle 5 ton trailer without any trouble at all.I didnt tow it much,but if my wfe,or helper had my 2500,or it was already towing something else,I pulled it with the S10,I have brakes on all 4 wheels,and with a load,it would stop in about the same distance as without the trailer.Mine only had a 2.8 MFI V6,but with 4.1o gears I pulled 6500 with it,no problem at all.I feel up to 4500 is ok for a tandem daily(temp)Just make sure the trailer has brakes,and hook them up,you'll be fine until you get the bigger truck.The biggest thing to watch is you tongue weight,with the S10,you cant load to the front of the trailer if its a heavy tow,like you can with the 2500,thats about all.
  3. 75

    75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    I agree that you should be OK to pull that trailer with your S-10 until the "big 'un" arrives.

    And I definitely agree with brakes on all axles, working properly. Although how much the truck can pull is an obvious concern, people often forget about the even more important concern of how much can it STOP! :eek:
  4. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,006

    Your Fine Dude.... when i first started i pulled a 16' tandem axle with a 91 ranger with a 3.0.... It had a 32" a 36" hydro, a 48" hydro, and a 60" Chopper and it struggled a bit but i did it with out any problems for a year.
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I used to have a 91 S-10 and I had a 6X14 trailer on it and around the city it was OK but on the road I couldn't get 60 out of it unless I had a tailwind.

    I now have a full size Chevy and would never go back. The gas mileage isn't much different but the bigger pickups are made for pulling the little ones arent.

    Good Luck.
  6. scagman

    scagman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Just to update, I ended up buying a 6.5 x 12 tandem axle with brakes on all four wheels, 4 ft sides, split gate, catch all box, 2 trimmer racks for $3447. controller box and drawtite hitch cost me $428. I actually have a deposit on it right now waiting for a check but truck is ready to go. I hope it will pull ok. I will have a 48" w/b 32" w/b and 2 21"s.
  7. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Im glad to see you bought a traile,your truck will pull it fine.
  8. 75

    75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    Also glad to see you got the trailer with brakes on all 4 wheels - $ well spent. :)

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