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towing capacity

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Jamesgateslandscaping, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    does anyone know the towing capacity of a 99 or 00 GMC 2500 w/ 6.0. I know the HD has a capacity of 10,000lbs for towing with the 6.0, but I can't find it for just the 2500? I have seen plenty of 2500 around and I want to buy one but not if it can't haul a 10,000lbs dump trailer.
  2. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Im not sure how much the 6.0 engine contributes to the towing capacity as much as the transmission, rearend and suspension does. Im sure the engine does contribute to it because a small v-8 couldnt be as stong as the 6.0 engine
  3. Dodgemania

    Dodgemania LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    If your hauling 10K on a regular basis your wasting your time with 3/4 ton gasser? Will it pull 10K I'm sure of it, but on a regular basis nope! You will tear the truck up. I've got a one ton diesel that pulls 10K about 3 to 4 times a week, and I'm thinking I should of gone bigger. It does a great job pulling it but I'm thinking over the long hual it may not. There's a whole lot of trucks out there that will pull 10K but not last in the long run. I pull skidloader and attachments and with I would of gone with single axle dump truck That can pull twice the weight. That way if I'm only pulling 10K I'm not stressing the drive-train on regular basis.
    I think if your hauling that kind of weight once or twice a month you'll be fine!
  4. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    With 3.73 gears the 6.0 Gross Combined Weight Rating is 14,000. With 4.10 gears it's 16,000. Remember these numbers are for truck and trailer combined. The numbers for the 8.1 gas and the Duramax diesel are up around 22,000 lbs. Like was said before, the truck will pull 10,000 on occasion. If you do it every day, you'll kill it long before it's time.
  5. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    Im looking at a 6x12 dump trailer, pulling mulch mostly and occasionly gravel and loam, but not a full capacity.
  6. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Don't waste your time with a 3/4, it will run you ragged. Get a Ford F-350 with a Powerstroke and don't look back. I have a '00 2500 setup as an HD with the 6.0 Vortec, as I was told when I bought it. Back then they didn't put the HD markings on the side of the truck, or did they? Anyway, the original owner said that mine was setup for a camper, so I can only assume that it is an HD but it just doesn't say so on the side of the truck. It has the tranny cooler and everything, does any know if my truck is an HD? I never ended up getting a manual, I was kind of pissed about that. Anyway, back to your question. I wouldn't even bother. I've towed our 14 foot dump trailer with my truck, it'll tow it empty no problem. You have to realize that these trailers weigh around 4,500 pounds and that you're only going to end up putting about 2-3 yards of dirt in there before your total tow is going to be around 8,000-10,000 pounds or so and that will push that truck around, even with electric brakes. The engine will tow it no problem, but you won't be able to stop that trailer. Get a one ton rig and save yourself some headache.

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