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  • avatar knowledgepower 03/31/10 2:00 am PST

    The first post is correct, you can have the transmission cooler installed but's not worth the money. You can tow the 2500 lbs with no problem, but make sure you disengage the overdrive when towing.

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  • colin_l 03/30/10 12:12 pm PST

    It probably means that it doesn't have a towing package, that's correct.

    Usually a towing package includes:
    - hitch
    - transmission cooler
    - different rear end gear ratio


    2500lb should be doable by any v8 truck provided the tongue weight is reasonable. Check the door trim plate and owner's manual. If neither of those work for you, then you could provide the VIN to a dealership they should be able to tell you the options it has.

    When you say you don't want to be limited, what do you think is the realistic upper limit that you might tow? If you're going over 5,000 to 6,000 pounds it would be time to consider something bigger and beefier.

  • jlflemmons 03/30/10 1:57 pm PST

    Agree with previous post. An external tranny cooler can be added simply enough, but the cost of changing the rear axle ratio would be stiff, maybe $1K or more. The towing package also includes the wiring harness for lights and electric brakes.

    On the flip side, as it sits it will probably tow 5K. Try the link below for accurate tow ratings for the truck. It looks like 6100lbs with tranny cooler and 3.73 gears (common) or 7300lbs with 4.10 gears (uncommon).

    That being said, and having towed with these trucks before, the performance falls off pretty badly with the 4.8L beyond about 5000lbs.

    http://www.trailerlife.com/images/downl
    oads/02towingguide.pdf

  • morin2 03/30/10 7:50 pm PST

    When these trucks were new on the lot, most of those with 5.3 v-8 had the 3.73 rear and came with the tow package. Like the others said, this consists of the trans cooler and hitch (frame receiver type - not bumper!). Most of the 4.8 v-8 were outfitted to be a less expensive alternative and didn't have the tow package. For only 2500 lbs, just add the trans cooler and hitch. And use the tow/haul mode selector. Do not tow in overdrive.

    However, if you are towing a boat on & off a slimy boat ramp, the very best thing to have on a 2WD truck is the limited slip rear. I think these were made by Eaton and are real lim. slip units. I had a 4x4 and never had to use the 4x4 at the boat ramp because that limited slip would be enough. In fact, I pulled out a Toyota Tundra 2wd the first year they came out because it had no limited slip rear and the driver was stuck spinning his one rear wheel. I pulled him (Tundra + his boat) out easily with my Chevy.

  • knowledgepower 03/31/10 2:00 am PST

    The first post is correct, you can have the transmission cooler installed but's not worth the money. You can tow the 2500 lbs with no problem, but make sure you disengage the overdrive when towing.

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