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Need help choosing the right truck to tow a travel trailer
We bought a 6500 lb (dry weight) travel trailer and are looking at a Chevy Silverado 1500 to tow it. It is a 1997 extended cab; short bed 350 cc engine; 5.7 L; 3rd door; heavy duty tow package, heavy half. Can't find in the owner's guide the towing capacity or rear axle ratio (assume it's 3.73)
Will a half ton pull this much trailer weight without ruining the engine and/or tranny? We expect to take it on at least one long trip (6000 mi or more) and numerous short hauls. We live in the east with lots of hilly terrain.
We have to give the dealer our answer by Mon. morning. This is a small independent dealership (one salesperson) who had no idea and the owner is out of town. The local travel trailer sales person wasn't sure either!
This is a 29 footer and not a fifth wheel.
Will really appreciate any and all help.