The second time we went with a remanufactured. The Vortec Max Performance package boasts an industry leading 10,000 pounds towing capacity. I'm no expert but I'd look into fabtech, bds, rough country? That's 460lbs shy of the max rated combined weight rating. As far as the lift, my advice would be buy the best you can afford as some kits are cheaper than others, but you may end up paying down the road. It's got a cold-air intake, cat-back exhaust, performance tune, and more importantly in my book, a fully built transmission the 4L70e was gutted and all parts were upgraded.
I tow a lightweight travel trailer, my third, and will definitely get the antisway bars again. I'v read it has a heavier frame, bigger springs,better towingEtc. This is a beautiful truck, lots of extras and well taken care of. The transmission shifting was initially a bit harsher than I wanted, and I ended up lowering the fluid line pressure in the tune down to the recommended limit to keep it from jarring my teeth. I've put that trailer into some mighty tight spaces on the first try, and love the setup.
If you've got a similar rig, tow with confidence. Skippy Wow, Skip, love that! These characteristics are favorable in truck applications. It's 33-feet long with the hitch. I have the Z-71 Package and its 4 wheel drive but I still am foggy on exactly what the specs on this truck are. Is there a way to do a tune on this thing guaranteeing no other problems.
My question is, is this engine any different from the one that comes in the silverado ss or is it more powerfull or is it the same exact engine. Had them on a bigger trailer, mine now is only 3,200 lbs empty, but going to get those bars again! I think that there is a lot of power sleeping somewhere that I would like to unleash but dont really know how. When power is not needed 4 cylinders are turned off giving you a V4. It's flat top pistols provide a bit extra juice and the iron engine body makes it ideal for super charging a bit stronger. The key to longevity, as I understand is keeping the temps down. They said they fixed everything and it was good for maybe another 1000 miles, then back again to the dealer.
If you're that concerned, go buy a bigger truck or a smaller camper. Within 2 months and plus or minus 2000 miles the Monster Trans. Didn't seem to help any until I got over 6000lbs towing, though! I'm no expert but I'd look into fabtech, bds, rough country? Yeah, it's a 4 speed transmission, but man that thing is a beast. Even with the stronger back end provided with the Vortex Max towing package, it's not really designed for 5th wheels. Eventually I'll drill a port for a transmission temperature gauge, but I'm not going to do that until I have to service the tranny which may more than 10 years from now at my current mileage of about 2500 miles a year.
Running to and from on a 2. Had to take back to the dealer for problems with the brakes and rotors. The engine was only ever been offered mated to General Motor's 4L85E four speed automatic transmission - a manual transmission rendition was never offered. Will tuning affect check engine light and what exactly do I have to do. Both engines share a 4. How can a transmission only last 46,000 miles. That's only half the story, though.
My buddy with a 1-ton Ford E350 albiet with the smaller engine doesn't climb this grade well. In fact, the engine was manufactured until 2009 for motorhome and various marine applications. I'm posting this review to add to the wealth of information and opinion this forum provides. He's got the same trailer setup and weight. The only time I'd notice a difference was when the wind profile would change as a result of tractor trailers driving by. Only 78,000 miles in great condition. Now they want u fixing stuff every 10K it seems like.
Hope this is making sense. When towing a heavy trailer, the ride-control takes out the bounce. The last half-mile of the grade is 7. Vehicle did catch on fire because of laking oil. Along with the more powerful all aluminum engine, the Vortec Max also comes with 4 wheel disc brakes, bigger beefier 9. Thanks in advance for any help.
It's such a huge safety advantage, and just takes the fear out of towing something so long. Still, though, when the trailer and vehicle move in a line, it's a very easy control one handed was the normal driving style. It is a beefed up 1500. The problem with the upgrades, gas mileage may suffer, because you'll love the feel of power at the command of your right foot!!! Can't edit my post above because I posted it from my iPhone. I'll never go back to sway control of any other type. I'll eventually add a transmission temp gauge, but not this year.
I was very concerned that I would need a new truck if one of two things would occur: 1 I wouldn't be able to handle the grades up to 7. It features high-compression 10:1 flat-top pistons for an extra 10 hp 7 kW and 10 lb·ft 14 N·m , bringing output to 345 hp 257 kW and 380 lb·ft 515 N·m. If you go with a bigger truck, you might consider a stronger engine, too! Thanks again everyone for your help. The dual cam sway control is a definite for me, for the rest of my life. When I made the switch I was astonished at the difference.