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Old 04-26-2012, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by 88242LS View Post
how does it do? approx weight is 7000 pounds, I might wind up with a 303 with a weight of 7250, and need to keep my 1500 for a year or so
FYI - I have pulled my 303 with an '11 1500 chevy... it works for short distances. Just remember that loaded on the trailer its about 10-11k lbs according to the scale at the truck stop. I've seen a high of 11,900 lbs full of fuel, water, and a weeks worth of food and beer.

I pulled it home from CT with an '09 F-150 with all the towing goodies. It was rated at 11k lbs capacity or so. It did fine.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:28 AM
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Artie, thanks for the info the biggest tow would be getting it home ideally like to use my dads 350 but hes having some issues. so mine might have to do if deal were to go down, i only to about 1 mile or so except for winter storage and one trip a year.
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Originally Posted by DLEWIS1340 View Post


GMC Sierra 2500 Duramax
Formula 400ss

I can hear the flamers already. You need a Semi. I'm fine!
Pulling a 40 footer is fine with a pick up.....long as its got a bow tie in the front
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Originally Posted by 88242LS View Post
how does it do? approx weight is 7000 pounds, I might wind up with a 303 with a weight of 7250, and need to keep my 1500 for a year or so
To be 100% honest, it does what it's supposed to do, and very well. Never once have I felt or been in a situation where I thought I could have used more power.

I used to tow it with a 2000 2500 HD and this 1500 I think blows that truck out the water. Very happy with my decision. The 6.2L in these trucks are beast, I only have the 5.3L, def. recommend the 6 speed with external trans cooler.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by rkroupa View Post
Pulling a 40 footer is fine with a pick up.....long as its got a bow tie in the front


Hhhhmmmmm, interesting.
Im not one to roast some one but how far of a tow with that setup? And what gear ratio?
I've wondered about my 06 LBZ 3500 with 3:73 gears towing a 400SS with a hardtop.
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Originally Posted by aquaforce View Post
Hhhhmmmmm, interesting.
Im not one to roast some one but how far of a tow with that setup? And what gear ratio?
I've wondered about my 06 LBZ 3500 with 3:73 gears towing a 400SS with a hardtop.
I would really think it would be fine...I see more weight than a boat being pulled around by these trucks nowadays by farmers and such...i have seen duramax's pull CAT 432D's (roughly 19-20 thousand pounds not including trailer)....granted they are goosneck not bumper but still
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by aquaforce View Post
Hhhhmmmmm, interesting.
Im not one to roast some one but how far of a tow with that setup? And what gear ratio?
I've wondered about my 06 LBZ 3500 with 3:73 gears towing a 400SS with a hardtop.
No way
you would be way over the weight rating of the truck. pulling a 400SS behind a F450 wasn't fun but at least it was legal.
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Just bought my 312 Fastech and quickly realized, I'm gonna need more truck. My 01 Yukon with the 5.3 (215,000 miles) and 3.73 rear just ain't got enough ass. Boat weighs 7500 dry and that is the max rating for the truck. Luckily I only have to go a slow 5 miles to the ramp. Will be upgrading tow vehicle soon.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by rkroupa View Post
Pulling a 40 footer is fine with a pick up.....long as its got a bow tie in the front
No bow tie on that one!
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:52 PM
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'06 F150 pulling a 29 Outlaw. Never put it on a scale but I'm sure its very close to the max tow rating. Boat stays on a lift, hasn't been on a trailer in almost 2 years. If I were towing more often I'd upgrade trucks. When I go to Emerald Coast I make sure to invite someone with a bigger truck.
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