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Re: Towing with 5.3 GM [Re: dk2429] #12773669
05/30/18 02:33 AM
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Had a 1/2 ton Chevrolet with 5.3L and 3.73 axle and it towed boats, tractor, etc. nearly as well as a 3/4 ton with 6.0L and 4.10 axle.
It appears the 5.3 is sensitive to gear ratios. The 1/2 ton did not have active fuel management. Used tow/haul mode when towing the tractor with no problem. You do have to accept that both of these motors are going to run the rpms up in the hills but they are made for it. If you cant handle the increased rpms, get a diesel.

Re: Towing with 5.3 GM [Re: Fish2Chill 1] #12773732
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Originally Posted By: Fish2Chill 1
Had a 1/2 ton Chevrolet with 5.3L and 3.73 axle and it towed boats, tractor, etc. nearly as well as a 3/4 ton with 6.0L and 4.10 axle.
It appears the 5.3 is sensitive to gear ratios. The 1/2 ton did not have active fuel management. Used tow/haul mode when towing the tractor with no problem. You do have to accept that both of these motors are going to run the rpms up in the hills but they are made for it. If you cant handle the increased rpms, get a diesel.

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Re: Towing with 5.3 GM [Re: dk2429] #12778696
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I pull a small camper.
Also pull a glass bass boat.
5.7 ltr Hemi, 8 speed tranny, good brakes.....no problem.
That 5.3 from GM was not made for pulling...it was made for economy (joke)
My hemi is 16/23 all day long.


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Re: Towing with 5.3 GM [Re: Fish2222] #12778851
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Originally Posted By: Fish2222
I pull a small camper.
Also pull a glass bass boat.
5.7 ltr Hemi, 8 speed tranny, good brakes.....no problem.
That 5.3 from GM was not made for pulling...it was made for economy (joke)
My hemi is 16/23 all day long.


Then why did GM put a towing package on it?


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Re: Towing with 5.3 GM [Re: ChuChu1] #12779705
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Originally Posted By: ChuChu1
Originally Posted By: Fish2222
I pull a small camper.
Also pull a glass bass boat.
5.7 ltr Hemi, 8 speed tranny, good brakes.....no problem.
That 5.3 from GM was not made for pulling...it was made for economy (joke)
My hemi is 16/23 all day long.


Then why did GM put a towing package on it?
GM needs to wise up and make the 6.2 available on all trim pkgs or at the LTs. I know that the CAFE stds are why they don't.


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