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  • dmnsmith2dmnsmith2 Posts: 21
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    what kinda truck do you have? Do you tow a trailer? Large trailer? If not then you will probably never touch it. Mines still wrapped up in the glovebox

  • I plan to buy a new 2500HD. I can't decide which engine to buy (standard Vortec 6000 or Vortec 8100)or which axle ratio. I won't tow very often. Any advice?
  • dmnsmith2dmnsmith2 Posts: 21
  • brazoobrazoo Posts: 2
    I was a Ford man but am leaving Explorer behind for world of pickups and need your assistance. I never owned a pickup before and know I want a Chevy Silverado Extended Cab but need to narrow the focus down to either a 1500 ID, 2500 or 2500HD and was wondering which is the best one to pick and what corresponding engine size should I get given what I want to do with it at given times including:

    Pulling a boat of about 17 ft/3000 lbs
    Not much passenger weight (about 300 lbs) or payload say another 400 lbs
    Another scenario is pulling a two place horse trailer with 2 horses of course in it.

    I am tired of pulling items with a truck not equipped with enough power to go up and down the rolling hills of WI and MN without sounding like a dog. I want enough power but not go nuts and over buy a truck I don't use to its capacity. Any advice is welcome. Cheers - Bill
  • minikinminikin Posts: 389
    plugs in under the dash. Other end hooks up to your trailer brake controller. Makes for a clean and easy way to wire a brake controller into your truck, without having to cut into wiring bundles.
    -- Don
  • minikinminikin Posts: 389
    If all you're gonna do is pull a 3000 pound boat plus another 400 lb of payload, a 1500 is fine. Horse trailer country is a whole different ball game; 2500HD and preferably with the new diesel if you're going to keep it awhile and have to deal with long term fuel consumption. Buy more truck than you need? Just like with anything else; figure out exactly what you're gonna need, add 20%, and then double it.
    -- Don
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    ..don't even look at a 1500 for what you mentioned. A 2500 at least. And why not get a 2500HD with an Allison while you are at it?

    although a 6.0 would do fine.

    ...4:10's of course also

    - Tim
  • mrurlmrurl Posts: 116
    I disagree, unless he is pulling Clidesdales. Two 1200 lb horses and an 800 lb trailer is about the same as the boat and well within the capacity of the 1500 with 5.3 and 3.73 or 4.10.

    A 2500HD with D'max/Alli is overkill - which is not to say I wouldn't mind having one myself.

  • dmnsmith2dmnsmith2 Posts: 21
    Thanks for the reply. Another question is how does the other end of the harness get to the brake controler? Through the firewall? I am assuming I have to buy the controller, and mount it on the firewall? TIA
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    what kinda trailer are you pulling? Are you pulling a trailer? You didnt mention if you were
  • jaguar0027jaguar0027 Posts: 387
    Thanks for the heads up on the HP III Guess its yet something else to save up for ... LOL

  • brazoobrazoo Posts: 2
    I was looking at brochure today and think that the weight of gear, and trailer and horses might be close to the ax for a 1500, so I am leaning towards the 2500 now and think that should be sufficient, as the ID from what I read gets you about 2000 more lbs in towing capacity. It looks like it comes with the vortec 6000 V8, not sure if that is big enough. Not a fan of manual transmission nor diesel engines which I will stay away from. Yep, I plan to spend a ton of cash in gas as you can imagine. Stinks but I know what I like for this regards.

    Thanks to all for the comments and keep them coming. Plan to trash my garbage truck (explorer) sometime in next 3 months for a new Chevy. Bill
  • dmnsmith2dmnsmith2 Posts: 21
    I have a 16 ft tandem axle trailer, with brakes. Not too sure how to set this up on the new Silverado. Thanks for the help.
  • minikinminikin Posts: 389
    You do have to buy a controller, but the other end of the harness goes to where ever you want to mount it. Put it where you want within reach of the driver and wire it in. The pre-wired connector end provides power to the controller and signal feeds to/from the trailer brakes.
    -- Don
  • erikf2erikf2 Posts: 100
    Something else to throw in the hopper: if you plan on **ever** getting a slide-in camper (fairly popular with "horsey" types out here in the West), go with a 3500HD dually long-bed and the 8.1l engine.

    Otherwise, a standard 2500 short-bed with the 6.0l should suffice; you may be suprised at how much power this engine has (300hp for '99 and '00 models, 325hp since), and the "tow-haul" mode on the automatic tranny really helps.
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    Hey..if your worried about gas mileage check
    out the 2500 light duty with the 373 rear.
    It will haul or tow just about anything.
    I get about 16 mpg hiway unloaded and only
    have 2300 miles...It got 10 when i first got it.
    There is a 500 rebate on the 01 2500 ld also
    but NO rebate on the 2500 HD .
    There was a 1000 rebate and 2.9 interest when i
    bought mine in May.
    And GM don't advertise it either...............Geo
  • markbuckmarkbuck Posts: 1,021
    Check out www.

    For details. Buddy and I have sentinal's. Work great. The plug in location is the plastic box below the parking brake pedal when fully depressed. GM calls it the customer conv panel or something like that. Pop the cover off, plug in the brown connector in the correct spot (see lid of cover) and solder your pigtail leads to the brake controller. Might have to put the 40 amp maxifuse in the right spot under the hood. Nothing special needed when connecting the trailer plug.

    PS. Make sure you have electric trailer brakes.
  • trucks4me2trucks4me2 Posts: 31
    I just purchased and installed a Tekonsha Prodigy in my 2500HD. It was easy with no soldering because it came with the correct harness to go from the Conv Center to the controller. I mounted it to the left of the steering column on the dash so I can get to it easy. The prodigy is all electronic and needs no leveling. I tested it today with my 7,000 Travel trailer and it really worked great...lots better than my old Kelsey-Hayes.

  • trucks4me2trucks4me2 Posts: 31
    One problem I noted after towing my 7,000 lbs Trvl Trlr for the first time...I had a lot of up and down bounce on the hitch causing the truck to also rock up and down. I was thinking of putting on heavier shocks to correct this. Does anyone have any experience with the Rancho RS 9000 or the air adjustable Rancho RS 9700 shocks (or perhaps another brand)??? I would think this would solve the problem. Any input Pos or Neg would be appreciated.

  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    the weight of the truck. Maybe consider air bags.
  • markbuckmarkbuck Posts: 1,021
    Just thought I'd check.... you are running a equalizing hitch, right? I'd certainly run one, will solve some of your porpoising (spelling -5).
  • Yes the hitch is a full equalizing. I had the same prob on the Suburban I used before I got the truck and shocks helped. I am a little surprised the 2500HD does this since the springs are a lot stiffer. The shocks don't support the weight but they do control oscillation. I was just looking for input on the quality of the Rancho brand. I am also going to try taking up an extra link on the spring bars.

  • eric2001eric2001 Posts: 482
    I would try the airbag route IMO. When not trailering, bags deflated, you still have the same nice ride, unlike an extra leaf & higher compression shocks. Plus if you go full out $$ with in-cab controller, no hassles at all. Just my $0.02.
  • for Tekonsha? The one above and doesnt work. Thanks for the info...
  • jpfltawjpfltaw Posts: 43
    the Air Bags really work... the ride empty is greatly improved. Pulled a small ut trailer for construction supplies and and have to keep checking to see if it is still back there. Should have done the Air Bags when I got my 99, but ended up getting a 2000 that still had a 2 inch rear end drop after 3000 miles. This greatly effects the ride loaded and unloaded. So Air Bag it and enjoy.
  • dustyonedustyone Posts: 262
    " Yes the hitch is a full equalizing."

    The hitch that comes with the HD trailering package is NOT the equalizer that he is talking about. It is a separate device that is used to equalize the load on the front and rear wheels. See for an example
  • markbuckmarkbuck Posts: 1,021
    If he's talking about spring bars.... he knows what an equalizing hitch is. your front wheelwell height lower with the equalizer and trailer on? I shoot for about 1/4" lower when setting spring bar preload.
  • truckchictruckchic Posts: 105
    Hi everyone: I'm looking at getting the spray in liner for my 2001 GMC Sierra. Anyone have any thoughts? Anyone have Rhino lining? Is that any good. Holding up well? What ranges of costs am I looking at?

    I'm the the western subs of Chicago.

    Thanks again
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