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Load limit of a 1995 Chevy 2500 Van?

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by chvyhs, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. chvyhs

    chvyhs 1/2 ton status

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    Does anyone know if one of these vans would be able to haul my Suburban on a full trailer safely? I know I would need a load leveling hitch, maybe sway control, and I already have electric trailer brakes. My trailer weighs 2300lbs an I'm not too sure how much the Sub weighs.
     
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    Suburban 1500 or 2500? wet or dry? I would think a suburban is easily topping 6000lbs. Add a 2500 lb trailer, thats 8500-. It would certainly be at the top end of its capacity, considering the max trailering load losted for the 95 van is unloaded with one driver weighing 175 I think.

    Get a heavy duty load leveling (they come for different weights. Get a good anti sway- try and get the cam type, or if you have th emoney, consider a hensley. Im very happy with my Cam sway system and load leveler.
     
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    Thats a 5 lug van right? Just a glorified 1/2 ton van. I wouldn't haul that load.
     
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    Actually my sub is a 3500(+) now. It was a 2500. It's 8" of lift with 42's. The van I was checking out did have a 5 lug rear.

    So, it's probably too much for a 2500 van.
     
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    Be careful. My 91 Chevy 3/4 ton conversion van was a unibody. I couldn't believe Chevy did that...





    David
     
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    Be careful. My 91 Chevy 3/4 ton conversion van was a unibody. I couldn't believe Chevy did that...





    David

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    The unibody for a Van is a good thing, it does have a frame but it's welded to the body.
    I wouldn't worry about the van's strength, but that 10 bolt rear with that much load is a time bomb.
    You could if you already have the van, upgrade the rear axle to a 14B FF, and the front to 8 lugs and you have areal 2500 or maybe a 3500 VAN.
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    The good thing is that your wheel base is 126" which is good stability, just need more strength in the axle.
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    To be fully informed, get a copy of the USDOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. It is available at any decent sized truckstop and some bookstores or libraries. It covers more detail on these issues plus things like width and height restrictions and many other matters you need to know. In addition, it is highly advisable to get a copy of the current CDL Driver's Manual available for free at your state driver's license office.

    Important: GVWR means the maximum weight possible for the vehicle in question within the capacity assigned to it by it's manufacturer, not it's actual weight.

    For instance, Chris' 1994 Kenworth T-
     

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