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question aout towing?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by chevyman562, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. chevyman562

    chevyman562 Registered Member

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    Can a short bed 1/2 ton shortbed pickup fitted with 3/4 ton axles and a 454 tow as much as a stock 3/4 lonbed pickup with the same options? I would much rather have a short bed, but am looking at having to tow a 19 ft trailer every so ofton.
     
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    mechted 1 ton status Premium Member

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    the added wheelbase of a longbed always helps to control the trailer while driving. What may also matter is the weight of the trailer, the heavier it is the more you will want a bigger truck. Also, what kind of brakes on the trailer? (single axle or double) There are a lot dicussions of this type in the tow/trailer forum... i would suggest you look around there

    also a couple other items that would need upgrading:
    Rear Springs and Brake Booster
     
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    bigblock44k5 1/2 ton status

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    You will have more control over a longbed truck due to the fact that the weight will be distributed better on the truck and there will be more weight over the front wheels than a shortbox.
     
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    I pulled my brothers short bed K10 160 mi. last week with my K10. I didnt have any problems. The BB didnt miss a beat and got about 9 mpg. I have a 454, sm465, 3.73s and 4 wheel disc brakes. I would suggest having trailer brakes though. If you have to stop fast it could get scary. I do plan to put some heavier springs in the rear to help carry the load better. If you run an automatic be sure to put a big cooler on it, heat can kill a tranny real quick. A long bed would be better and safer, but a short bed would probably get the job done as long as you are careful.



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    [ QUOTE ]
    Can a short bed 1/2 ton shortbed pickup fitted with 3/4 ton axles and a 454 tow as much as a stock 3/4 lonbed pickup with the same options? I would much rather have a short bed, but am looking at having to tow a 19 ft trailer every so ofton.

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    #1 no

    #2 a 19' trailer is nothing, I wouldn't worry about it. Go for it.
     
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    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    [ QUOTE ]
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    Can a short bed 1/2 ton shortbed pickup fitted with 3/4 ton axles and a 454 tow as much as a stock 3/4 lonbed pickup with the same options? I would much rather have a short bed, but am looking at having to tow a 19 ft trailer every so ofton.

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    #1 no

    #2 a 19' trailer is nothing, I wouldn't worry about it. Go for it.

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    Agreed, you will never be able to match a long bed's towing capabilities because you can't make up wheel base with a bigger engine or rear end.

    A 19' trailer isn't bad as long as it isn't too heavy.
     

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