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towing gurus......? 4 you..

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by yeild2me, Oct 20, 2001.

  1. yeild2me

    yeild2me 1/2 ton status

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    i just bought a 1976 Dodge class c rv (360, 727, big @ss rearend, dual wheels etc) and am wondering if it will tow me Jimmy on a car trailer. the "book" says not to "...tow more than 75% of the vehicles weight." will i be alright??

    thanks rob

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    For the Jimmy it should be fine - those old RV's will tow a bunch[​IMG]

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    Figure your K5 &amp; trailer together weigh about 7500# (6000 + 1500) minimum, your motorhome is going to weigh about 11500 - 12500#, you'll have about 19,000# for the 360 to move around. Pretty good load but can be done. 75% of 12,000 is going to be 9000, so you're within range. Transmission is going to be worked pretty hard, especially in hilly country. Check and make sure you have the biggest trans cooler you can get, usually about 24,000GVW.

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    And have someone make sure the bands are adjusted right in the 727.

    Tim

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    also don't forget your wallet, you will need it alot to pay for the incrediable amount of fuel it will consume.

    John

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    It should do fine. It will, however, pass nothing, including gas stations. Make sure that the engine is in good tune, fresh oil, coolant etc. I'll second a big tranny cooler too.

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    the engine and tranny have been overhauled about 30,000 miles ago, and i have read up on the band adjustment, and others around here have mentioned the importance, which is cool, because i know little or nothing about MOPARS!! it has a somewhat big tranny cooler on it now, but it will not be big enough. They arent that much anyways.

    thanks for all the input...rob

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    Rob.... a couple more things to consider.... how long is this motorhome ? i know it is a class C, and what will the terrain be like that you will be towing accross ? You will be working the 360 pretty hard, if you had the MH's with a 440 you would have much better luck.

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    hmmmm....i am thinking its 24 foot. def. more than 20.

    i will be towing over some hills, but nothing too extreme or long, i know those LONG climbs are extremely hard on parts, esp. when towing 6000+ lbs. one thing i need to do is get my truck weighed so i know for sure.

    no kidding on the 440!! i wish [​IMG]

    thanks rob

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