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Unread 07-05-2010, 04:55 PM   #1
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Possible Tow Vehicle?

My father in law has a 2008 Chevy v6 work truck in excellent shape low mileage that he may be getting rid of. I can get it from him for a good price.

I looked the specs up on it and it has a 8200# towing capacity. Jeep weighs 4500, trailers appear to weigh between 1500 - 2000. My thought is even with a winch and spare parts and luggage I shouldn't be over 7500#?

The last time I towed a trailer was well lets just say more than a few years ago

Tell me what I'm missing, normally I will be towing the Jeep 2-3 times a year for 200 - 400 miles one direction.

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Unread 07-05-2010, 10:13 PM   #2
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well i had a chevy work truck with the v6 and i had a load of dry wallsome other stuff and it wouldnt even make it up the hill on my drive way so then i got a dodge ram with there v6 and it pulled my other load of wood and drywall so i wouldnt get the v6 in it and really i wouldnt get a chevy cuz they dont hold up pulling vehicles, if i was u try to find a dodge ram or a ford f150 if u want a truck tht will hold up pulling a vehicle or a heavy load so just helping u out in the long run.
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Unread 07-05-2010, 10:36 PM   #3
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Depending on where your towing that V6 might be very under powered to pull a trailer + jeep. You could always borrow it and try to tow with it since it is from a family member before you buy it from them.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 03:17 AM   #4
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Ugh, I'd pass on towing with the v6.

If it was an old Ford 4.9 liter 6, then ok, but not one of the newer ones. No way.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 08:15 AM   #5
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The factory ratings for towing IMO are generally over-rated. The v6 gasoline engines will pull something like a jeep on flat road with a little work, but put something a minor as an over pass, small hill and it pulls way down. Add a headwind and towing gets very difficult.

The small V8 are not much better. Chevy/GMC 5.3 and Ford 4.6 pull the load OK, but will suck gas like crazy at any speed even with a empty trailer.

My tow rig is a FX4, 5.4L 300 hp, 3.73 gears. It pulls the jeep 80-85 mph easy and about 13mpg. There is a little problem with large fast passes (like Raton) and have to work it a little. But put in a head wind of 10mph or more and it is difficult to keep 70mph and fuel consumption is really bad.

If money was not an issue, the small truck diesels would be idea. That would be my first choice. I had a Ford with the 7.3 powerstroke and could hardly tell the jeep was behind me.

The other factors that you have to consider when towing is stopping ability.
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