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PostSubject: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 6th 2013, 9:46 pm

I was just wondering how the chevy 5.3 tows your side by side? Does it shift search a lot going up hills? How does it do?

Thanks hey
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 12:53 am

Any gas truck will hunt for gears towing in wv. This will be even more common with the newer transmissions with 5, 6, or 8 gears. Shifting alot is the death of an automatic. Anyone who knows how to tow knows to manually shift into the lower of the two gears until you top the hills. High gear is for fuel milege not work.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 2:18 am

I think mine does fine
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 6:51 am

Cruising down 81 mine doesn't change gears much. When I turn west on 64 toward Beckley then I go into tow mode to try to keep the gear changing to a minimum.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 8:18 am

I know only one person that rides with us that has the 5.3 auto. He lets the truck find the gear it will stay in and just holds that speed on hills so it won't shift a lot.I'm not sure about Chevy, but my Tundra has a manual shift mode for the auto trans and a tow mode. You could try those options if you have them. Axle ratio would be a consideration also.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 8:39 am

What kind of mileage are u getting groundhog when u tow?
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 12:35 pm

5.3 Chevy is fine. Bob T has one and it's towed 3 ATV's to Utah and Colorado several times as well as many times to WV. His 2004 4wd Extended cab LongBed with 200,000+ miles beats the mpg of even the new Ford Ecoboost 4wd QuadCab. We've watched it happen numerous times.

I am a firm believer that Chevy gets the best gas milage. I loved my Dodge hemi but it would get 10 mpg where Bob gets 13mpg...

For What it;s worth Bob averaged over 15mpg to Utah and back with 2 ATV's. The EcoBoost with similar trailer and load was 13mpg.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 1:33 pm

Not sure, a little over 14. Never checked it for exact.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 1:59 pm

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Not sure, a little over 14. Never checked it for exact.

oh that's fine. I was just wondering how those motors were doing towing around wv. Also wanted to make sure I wasn't burning up my tranny if I decided to tow with it to wv
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 2:05 pm

I got two friends of mine that both have an 03 and an 04 5.3 Crew cab Silverados and they say they average 12 to 13 when towing in and out of town, not on an interstate. One pulls a bass boat and the other commercial lawn equipment. And thats based on actually getting out and calculating it. Not going by that stupid fuel mileage gage in the dash. I'm not a Chevy guy, but I'll say the 5.3s are good solid engines that are tried and true and have good power. But I think they screwed up when they went to the cylinder deactivation feature as right many of them have had oil consumption issues.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 2:28 pm

i get between 11 and 12 towing the t4
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 2:43 pm

T-bone...just put it in tow mode when you hit the mountains and you will be fine....IT'S A CHEVY...IT CAN TAKE IT! DATZ DA TRUFF
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 3:57 pm

Ray Ray if we put Tbone in tow mode do you think we could get him in WV more often?
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 4:08 pm

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Ray Ray if we put Tbone in tow mode do you think we could get him in WV more often?

well heck lets go keeter. When u wanna ride buddy?? Ride
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 4:20 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 5:07 pm

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Ray Ray if we put Tbone in tow mode do you think we could get him in WV more often?

I can't say anything...I haven't been going as much as I want to. I keep spending my riding money on new toys.....yep...I'm a dumb ass...I know.lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 7th 2013, 11:38 pm

If your looking to buy a gas truck to pull with t-bone, them ecoboost f150s are monsters. I would say they can tow with late 90's early 2000's diesels easily. I know mine gets close to 20 mpg unloaded and 11-14 mpg depending on if I take the 20' box or the 18' car trailer
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 8th 2013, 6:55 am

Are you planning on getting a new 2014 silverado? If so the 5.3 has bigger power numbers 355 horse 383 torque.

I think with an open trailer and a maverick the 5.3 would do great. With an enclosed trailer it would do fine but might rev up to 4k+ rpm on the hills which doesn't hurt the engine but makes some people uneasy.

As far as gear "hunting" you can either tell it what gear to be in or just learn how hard you can push the pedal to hold a gear on an uphill. To clear something up shifting does not kill auto trans heat does. In city traffic a transmission shifts all the time. Running up hills with the converter unlocked and the transmission hunting for gears can cause heat which is a problem.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 8th 2013, 11:07 am

Tbone I'm going up the last weekend of the month and be up there @ Hilltop with Big G and others for the next week! So come on up and ride with us.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 8th 2013, 1:03 pm

Maybe this sounds stupid, and if it does, call me crazy. But, if I had a new powerstroke and a Ford Raptor the last thing in the world I would be doing is looking for another truck to tow with. Tbone, are those two not capable?
I know, he needs a tax writeoff, Obama is after him again.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 8th 2013, 6:54 pm

I remember driving a 2 and a half ton dump truck when I was a teen ager that had a 327 in it. It ran amd worked great, not to mention all of the 327 that were hot rodded through the years. The 327 is a proven engine, and the new design makes way more power and tq. But a washing machine motor with the right gears would pull a freight train!!
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 9th 2013, 3:27 pm

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If your looking to buy a gas truck to pull with t-bone, them ecoboost f150s are monsters. I would say they can tow with late 90's early 2000's diesels easily. I know mine gets close to 20 mpg unloaded and 11-14 mpg depending on if I take the 20' box or the 18' car trailer

No I am not buying a new truck. Just bought the family a 06 suburban that has the 5.3 and i was wondering how they pull
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 9th 2013, 3:28 pm

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Maybe this sounds stupid, and if it does, call me crazy. But, if I had a new powerstroke and a Ford Raptor the last thing in the world I would be doing is looking for another truck to tow with. Tbone, are those two not capable?
I know, he needs a tax writeoff, Obama is after him again.

your right! I use the diesel all the time. It pulls the best be far! I was just wondering how a 5.3 does if I ever needed to tow with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 9th 2013, 11:27 pm

I drove James and Nikki's Tahoe part of the way home from Columbus and thought it did ok. When you get out of that diesel, everything else will seem very weak, and give you the feeling you are killing it.
Put it in tow/haul mode and hold it wide open.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 10th 2013, 11:52 am

lol these posts kill me. same on rzr forums. its a V8 fullsize. don't matter if its chevy ford dodge, etc. put it in gear, and go. as long as its in good working order, just drive/tow the damn thing.

were talking about a 1200-1500 pound sxs, I could see a posiblity of a slight concern if you were towing a 4k pound race car or something but even then, I towed my race cars for years with a 5.3 chevy auto and never had any issues.

I tow my rzr now with a worn out 143k mile V6 ranger. it down shifts like everything else and yes im down to 55-60 on the hills but it tows just fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 10th 2013, 11:57 am

Well I was just asking because I know its alot weaker than a diesel. If I decided to use it, I wanted to make sure I didnt have to leave it out of overdrive the whole time and burn 200 dollars worth of fuel more than I already use. Also wanted to make sure I wasnt burnign up the tranny.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 10th 2013, 12:02 pm

Its not gona hurt it. If the tranny burns up it had previous issues.

Ive towed for years with stick chevys and fords. Gas motors. Its obviously not a diesel but it will have no problems. It will down shift plenty but thats what its designed to do
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 10th 2013, 12:25 pm

yea going from a diesel to a gas is tough. My diesel never downshifts hauling EVER. It just goes up the hills like nothing is behind it and gets pretty decent fuel mileage as you do it to.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 10th 2013, 12:30 pm

Yea i havent had a V8 truck in a couple years. So when i traded my camaro for camaro i used my dads new dodge diesel. It never even thought about downshifting once on the interstate.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy 5.3 towing   June 10th 2013, 12:32 pm

now correct me if im wrong but if it shift searches a lot wont it blow out or wear out that tranny on a 5.3?
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