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2009/04/13 21:57:12 (permalink)

06 GMC Z71 crew 1500

I have an 06 GMC Z71 Crew 1500.
I was wondering whats the max weight I can pull.
 
I wanting to buy a 20ft or 24ft enclosed trailer. I will be hauling 3 CAN-AMS
Will be hauling 3-10 hrs once a  month.
 

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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/14 19:20:48 (permalink)
    so you have a 5.3 with most likely 3.73's...

    I think your truck is rated at either 8500 or 9000 lbs towing weight.  the enclosed trailers have a lot of air resistance at speed though.

    I think it would tow 7000 or so alright.  better with a custom tune though.  remember to use tow/haul to cut down on gear searching and take your time.  and keep an eye out for gas stations along the drive.  lol
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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/14 19:37:04 (permalink)
    Good Luck w/ towing that load.  From personnal experience, the GM gas engines don't pull worth a
     
    Watch the language please.
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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/14 19:44:45 (permalink)
    doing a quick search the GVW on 20-24ft enclosed trailers is going to be 7000lbs.  So technically your going to be fine.  Your truck will pull it but somethings you will really want....

    Torsion bar setup on the hitch/trailer to keep things level.
    4.10 gears, IMO you will love those anyways even DD
    A tune with EFI live or HP tuners with the trailer behind the truck
    As big as possible aftermarket transmission cooler, in line with factory cooler. 
    And for a safetly measure I would get a gauge cluster with a tranny temp gauge (denali or escalade cluster will have that). 

    But im going to assume since the GVW is 7000 the trailer prolly weighs around 2000 and has a capacity of 5,000.  So your not going to be putting but maybe 1800lbs worth of atv's and what, maybe 1000lbs most for a long ride/trip?  so we are still under 5000lbs.  And like mentioned just air resistance will be your killer, look at some v-nosed enclosed trailers.

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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/14 22:26:10 (permalink)
    Good Luck w/ towing that load.  From personnal experience, the GM gas engines don't pull worth a
     
    Watch the language please.

    I completly disagree. You obviouly have not been behind the wheel of a Gen III engine. I had a 98 Z71 with that crappy vortec 350 in it. That thing didnt have enough power to move out of its own way. I now have a 00 Z71 with a 5.3's, and those engines are so much better. You should be able to pull a 24 ft. enclosed trailer all day long with out a problem. The only thing I would suggest you get is an electronic brake controller thats of course if the trailer has brakes on it. I often get swindeled into pulling my dads 27 ft offshore boat and that thing weighs closer to 10k lbs when its fully loaded, and my truck is completly stock with a tired motor that has 250k on the clock and does it while turning 35's
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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/15 12:21:43 (permalink)
    I pulled my 27 ft tt loaded with supplies and fresh water to nats . 130 miles with no problems (07 GMC 1500 crew 2wd with superchip tuner, kn filter). I would prefer a diesel but it did it fine. Avg 9-10mpg. Use tow haul mode. Also, check to see if yours is equipped with traction control and stabilitrac. You will want to disable both while towing a heavy load
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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/15 14:40:57 (permalink)
    It is fully capable of hauling that load, but you would be much better off in my opinion swapping that truck in on a 2500HD with a 6.0. I have personally pulled close to 10,000 lbs with my old reg. cab 4x4 chevy with a 4.8 and it did ok, but I only had to do that a couple of times. If you pull that load very long with the truck you have now you will be replacing the transmission before long. The 2500HD will handle that load a lot better and get the same mileage pulling as the truck you have now. Of course you could also get a duramax but that would just depend on how much money you want to spend.

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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/15 21:17:14 (permalink)
    I think I'll get a smaller trailer. maybe 16 0r 18 ft.

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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/15 21:54:26 (permalink)
    sanjac

    Good Luck w/ towing that load.  From personnal experience, the GM gas engines don't pull worth a
     
    Watch the language please.

    I completly disagree. You obviouly have not been behind the wheel of a Gen III engine. I had a 98 Z71 with that crappy vortec 350 in it. That thing didnt have enough power to move out of its own way. I now have a 00 Z71 with a 5.3's, and those engines are so much better. You should be able to pull a 24 ft. enclosed trailer all day long with out a problem. The only thing I would suggest you get is an electronic brake controller thats of course if the trailer has brakes on it. I often get swindeled into pulling my dads 27 ft offs**** boat and that thing weighs closer to 10k lbs when its fully loaded, and my truck is completly stock with a tired motor that has 250k on the clock and does it while turning 35's


    really?  I hhave a tuned 5.3 and Ive "heard" that the OBS 5.7's have much more torque down low.  your kinda making me not want to get a 96-98 2door tahoe with the 245 hp Vortec 350.
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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/16 16:19:02 (permalink)
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    sanjac

    Good Luck w/ towing that load.  From personnal experience, the GM gas engines don't pull worth a
     
    Watch the language please.

    I completly disagree. You obviouly have not been behind the wheel of a Gen III engine. I had a 98 Z71 with that crappy vortec 350 in it. That thing didnt have enough power to move out of its own way. I now have a 00 Z71 with a 5.3's, and those engines are so much better. You should be able to pull a 24 ft. enclosed trailer all day long with out a problem. The only thing I would suggest you get is an electronic brake controller thats of course if the trailer has brakes on it. I often get swindeled into pulling my dads 27 ft offs**** boat and that thing weighs closer to 10k lbs when its fully loaded, and my truck is completly stock with a tired motor that has 250k on the clock and does it while turning 35's


    really?  I hhave a tuned 5.3 and Ive "heard" that the OBS 5.7's have much more torque down low.  your kinda making me not want to get a 96-98 2door tahoe with the 245 hp Vortec 350.

     
    Well dont let my opinion stop you from buying what you want. You can do so much to the old small blocks its crazy. I have nothing against the OBS tahoe or silverado. We have a 95 4 door tahoe but its got the tbi 350, and then I had that 98 Z71 with the vortec 350, and you cant beat an OBS they're tough as ****. Im just going off my experience from driving both trucks. I like the 5.3 a lil better it just seems like it can pull the weight easier.


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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/16 20:22:15 (permalink)
    The old 5.7s have all their TQ down low where the Gen III LS engines have all their TQ around 4500rpms.
    So its kinda a trade off?

    Ive pulled 12k trailer with my truck it did fine. If you plan on towing this much quite a bit, id suggest Hydroboost brakes. They help a TON!!

    Oh and yea, a Trans cooler, a big one. Ive never had good luck with the 4L60Es. 

    How many miles are on your truck?     

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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/17 20:19:09 (permalink)
    I have 69,000 miles on it.

    I have an 5.3L  I'm getting 289 miles in town   back and forth to work everyday. Running 87 octane
    One more question   what kind of miles should I be getting?


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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/17 20:25:24 (permalink)
    289miles on a full tank?
    How many gallons did it take you to fill up?

    I havent checked my mileage in quite a while, but last time i checked it averaged about 16ish. but i drive it kinda hard... Turbo is just too much fun not to..        

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    Re:06 GMC Z71 crew 1500 2009/04/17 20:41:59 (permalink)
    23 or 24 gals   I drive it until the light comes on.

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