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Old 01-19-2016, 10:54 AM   #1
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Chevy Silverado Towing

Hi all, we are in the process of ordering a Chevy Siverado 1500 double cab with 5.3 V8 to tow our new Escape 21. I can't decide if I should get the max tow package with 3.73 rear end or if the 3.42 rear end . I have always had heavier trailers and always fought with the mountain grades. The Escape is much lighter. I would like to go through the mountain grades with less effort and stress. I'm sure the 3.73 would be fine. I'm interested more in how the 3.42 performs. Thanks, Kevin
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Old 01-19-2016, 11:07 AM   #2
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We've owned a 2011 Ram 1500 with a 3.55 rear end and a 2014 Ram 1500 with a 3.92 rear end. Mileage is a little less with the 3.92
but the towing experience is much better especially when towing in the mountains. IMHO. ( Truck is a tow vehicle not a daily commuter vehicle)
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Old 01-19-2016, 11:55 AM   #3
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Nineteen thousand miles and counting. I bought a new 2014 Silverado crew cab short bed, 5.3L V8 (355 horsepower, 383 lb-ft of torque, 7,200 lb GVW rating, rear axle 3.42 rear axle ratio.)

Has easily towed my Escape 19 up and down big and little mountains, with no noticeable effort. Best ride I ever had.
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Old 01-19-2016, 12:08 PM   #4
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the 3:42 with the six speed transmission is very well matched set up for overall use of daily driving and towing. If you tend to pack a lot of stuff around with you the 3:73 may be a better option. Btw , the new direct injected 5.3 makes very nice power all the way through the torque curve
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Old 01-19-2016, 12:14 PM   #5
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I would suggest the 3:42 rear end for a little better economy. I have the Ram 5.7 with 8 speed and 3:21 rear end, the bigger motor and transmission combo will allow the higher ratio and give you better mpg town. I'm averaging 14-15 mpg cross country towing the 21' Escape @ 4300 lbs.
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Old 01-19-2016, 12:37 PM   #6
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We bought a 2014 Silverado double cab , 5.3L V8 without max tow. Its got a 7,200 lb GVW rating & 3.42 rear axle ratio.
It tows our loaded 21' effortlessly up and down mountain passes.
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I would suggest the 3:42 rear end for a little better economy. I have the Ram 5.7 with 8 speed and 3:21 rear end, the bigger motor and transmission combo will allow the higher ratio and give you better mpg town. I'm averaging 14-15 mpg cross country towing the 21' Escape @ 4300 lbs.
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Sounds right, if you didn't make
those cross country trips at Gumball Rally speeds, you would probably do even better. Just kidding, 75 mph seems about right.
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:18 PM   #8
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Actually Dave, as I age I go slower.....
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Me too. It's all relative. I usually tow at about 62mph except Chicago where 62 would get you run over. There, it's about 68 or 70 in the slow lane. To see around the trucks, gotta bump her about 7 and get in the next lane. Concentration and a prayer that starts with, " brakes, don't fail me now."
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Old 01-19-2016, 02:33 PM   #10
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Reminds me of what Bruce Jenner had on his sweatshirt "Feet, don't fail me now" during the Olympics.
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