04 Duramax dually nicely tow a 16,100lb 5er?
Howdy duramax folks,
I bought from my sister an 04 Silverado 3500 extended cab dually 4x4 w/ 6.6 Duramax, 8ft bed, 3.73 rear axle, automatic trans, and now I’m looking for a Toyhauler for some full timing, with some cross country trips, but not moving constantly. I need help determining if the one I'm looking at is really too big. It has the following specs:
Dry Weight 13,940 lbs.
Gross Vehicle Wt Rating (GVWR) 18,420 lbs.
Unloaded Vehicle Wt (UVW) 14,040 lbs.
Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) 3,520 lbs.
Hitch Weight 2,720 lbs.
I Believe the GCVWR of this dually is 23,500 lbs. I Know the GAWR FRT is 4800 lbs, GAWR RR is 8550, and GVWR is 11,400 lbs.
Let's assume the actual weight of the dually w/ passengers and everything is 7400 lbs. That leaves 16,100 lbs for the total weight of the trailer (23,500 - 7400). I can see maxing out at 16,100 lbs on the trailer with dirt bikes, gear, and full fresh water.
I know it depends on driving style a lot, but how’s it gonna tow at this max? Mountains? What about transmission life if I drive wisely and conservatively? What about going a bit over 16,100 lbs?
I like the layout of the Forest River better than some others. Other 3 slide toyhaulers: Cyclone 4012 is just as heavy, and Raptor 3712, is about 1500 lbs lighter. How much difference would 1500 lbs really make w/ the Raptor? All three have about the same hitch weight I think.
Thank you for any input. Especially from those with this kind of experience.
Last edited by stummer; 12-09-2012 at 06:29 PM.