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Need a new tow vehicle!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by pismorat, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. pismorat

    pismorat 1/2 ton status

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    Alright, we've got a '99 4x4 Burb with a 454 that is an awesome truck, but it can't pull our 26' Weekend Warrior for sh!t. It does good on flat or downhill, but if we hit a hill it slows way down. What is the best 4x4 tow vehilce (diesel I am assuming) for a family and needs lots of room? Is Chevy ever going to put a Duramax in a Burban?!?! Thanks for your opinions. :truck:
     
  2. u2slow

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    You may want to consider re-gearing it. Most came with 3.73. Maybe its time for 4.10 or 4.56?

    I *really* like my aging Burb... I was hoping to get into a newer one, or even an Excursion - but the $$$$$ - OMFG! You may want to consider a crewcab and get a nice cap instead.
     
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    Yeah, it has 3.73's and 33" tires, but would that really help get it towing uphill better? We still want the "decent" :grin: mileage and able to use it a a DD.
     
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    Re gear would be cheaper than a new truck. 3.73 and 33s = equal about a 3.40 gear ratio. Not exactly a great towing gear.
    A buddy of mine has a 5th wheel about the same size as your trailer. He only has a 6 L in his 3500. It has 4.10 ratio. It tows his 5th wheel pretty good in the hills.
     
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    Changing from a stock 245/75R16 to 33" has already effectively knocked back your 3.73 axle ratio to around 3.4-3.5 range. That's typically not the kind of gearing you would tow a load such as yours with.

    My 2 cents.
     
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    run some really low profile tires. It will look odd, but you'd be surprised by the effective torque gain.
     
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    what would be best is if you could borrow a set of stock sized rims/tires or lowpros from a buddy and try towing with it. if it changes your mind about towing with your truck, then you might want to invest in a gearswap if it still sucks, then the gear swap isnt really gonna help.

    if you decide on a new tow rig, i'd go with a diesel crew cab w/ shell. any of the big three would be a good choice.
     

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