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Old 06-07-2011, 05:50 AM   eBay Motors  #1 (permalink)
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towing capacity on older 2500

I have a '01 2500HD Duramax. It has 200000 miles and the former owner hauled horses with a gooseneck. I would like to get a flatbed gooseneck with a GVRW of 14000lbs (appx 20-25ft). I would like to use it for some light local hauling. I don't plan on maxing it out very often.

Would it still be safe to pull 10000-12000lbs loaded on a regular basis? I know some powertrain and suspension mods will be necessary down the road but for now it is stock.

I need to know if it is worth my time and money to invest in a trailer and all the PennDOT regulations first.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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I have a '01 2500HD Duramax. It has 200000 miles and the former owner hauled horses with a gooseneck. I would like to get a flatbed gooseneck with a GVRW of 14000lbs (appx 20-25ft). I would like to use it for some light local hauling. I don't plan on maxing it out very often.

Would it still be safe to pull 10000-12000lbs loaded on a regular basis? I know some powertrain and suspension mods will be necessary down the road but for now it is stock.

I need to know if it is worth my time and money to invest in a trailer and all the PennDOT regulations first.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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take a look at the sticker located inside your truck's driver side door jam, that is what the PADOT will be using as a guideline for the truck and loads, especially if you are going to be inspected.
imo, you'd be better off with a bigger truck, or a smaller trailer and load. i know the truck can pull it and all that good jazz, but it sounds like you may be state which the DOT may give you some trouble with too much loads on trucks. it would be best to check with your state's law regarding the your truck for buisness to see if you need special DOT numbers as well.
i hope this may help, good luck
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:16 AM   eBay Motors  #3 (permalink)
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thanks jbrown.

I agree a larger truck would be ideal but for now this is what I have. I am still making payments on the '01 and am not in a good enough place to buy a bigger truck.

I am trying to stay under 26000lbs so that I don't need a cdl. PennDOT is really strict and I know I will have to register it and run a log but am trying to do everything I can with what I have. If I can make a go of this then a 3500 dually will be next.

My biggest concern is can an older truck with high mileage handle loads close to its max rating?
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smoker, with good vehicle maintenance, your truck will do fine. i would suggest a good efi tow tune from a well known tuner, you don't have to spend alot of money, you could buy a pretuned ecm or a dsp 2 or dsp 5 switch with adjustable tunes. the reason i suggest this is with a tow tune you can get the turbo brake which is great while towing, you will be glad to have that when your towing those loads. the extra power and torque is good as well.
my truck is a totally different machine with efi! do some research and you will find it is the best to use especially for towing.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:19 AM   eBay Motors  #5 (permalink)
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if you are inspected by any DOT officer, your gross vehicle combination weight rating is the weight you cannot exceed. Unless the truck or trailer is registered at a weight either higher or lower than stickered, then that is what you'll have to go by.

If your truck is stickered at 9900lbs and your trailer is stickered at 10,000lbs your gvcwr is 19,900lbs. Don't exceed that and you'll be fine. I wouldn't go much over 20K with my combo weight, but thats me.
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Trailer weight

Followiung that ....I have a 2005hd duramax 6.6 crewcab. Wanted to purchase a larger alum. horse trailer...
fully loaded GVW of 14,000 lbs. and an empty weight of 11,720 lbs. Would hauling this trailer require a 3500hd since trailer+truck wt is over 22000?
Thanks in advance for any input. Also the specs on a 3500 are not much diff than a 2500hd. what gives there?
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:07 AM   eBay Motors  #7 (permalink)
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Ur lb7 dmax will haul about anything u put behind it and 200000 miles that truck if it was maintained regularly still has lots of life left of heavy towing and lead footed driving
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Is there a chart for what a particular truck will haul and tow.
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