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Old 10-20-2016, 10:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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towing capacity 2005 duramax

Well,, after having the reman engine put in, fuel injector pump replaced and a new injector replaced after a second head gasket blown,, and 13k later,,, i am moving on,,

I need to haul a 73 eldorado caddy, from MT to MS. using a 18 foot trailer 7k or 10k gvwr.
and the caddy being about 5100 lbs.

Is my 2005 duramax up to the task, I just dont know enough about weight and pulls and such and dont want to burn u p another HG, although, i am guessing with a warranty on the REMAN, it would be on them, but i just dont need the headache.

also, on my gear shift ,, it has a little trailer picture on it and a button to push,,
Now i am assuming this has to do with hauling or not hauling. Should i push the button when i am hauling the car or should i not.

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Old 10-21-2016, 01:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Your truck will have absolutely no problem at all hauling that load. The button you describe is called the Tow/Haul button, and yes, push it when towing.

Just make sure that whatever you're hauling, even if it's an empty trailer, the brakes are operational and adjusted properly. Also, make sure you adjust your brake controller after the trailer is loaded.

Should be a fun haul, enjoy the drive!

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Old 10-21-2016, 11:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Definably hit the tow mode button that you asked about . I tow a combined 22920 lbs and when climbing and I want to lock out overdrive hit the button and a D will appear and you will not have the trannie hunting. I feel our truck wants to hold fifth gear longer than I like so that is what I do. Practice solo driving and see the difference in the shift pattern.

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Old 10-25-2016, 03:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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secondly,, more of a trailer question, if anyone has a thought, i would appreciate.

as i stated, i am hauling a 73 eldorado,, its 220 inches or 18.25 feet long, bumper to bumper, 5132 lbs, trailers are 1700 lbs

i have two trailer options,, 16 foot 7k load
or a 18 foot 7k load both options are pushing the limits of the 7k load,, within about 150 lbs of 7k max, IS that safe??

two, would it be ok to buy the 16 foot,, i know the back would hang, but the wheels would be well within the the trailer bed. just back end hanging over 2 feet,

there is a pretty good price difference in these things,,, i dont really want to buy a new trailer, but old used ones I'm afraid of bad tires, etc and dont want headaches on a 2200 mile journey,

again,, if the trailer question is out of bounds.. I'm sorry, just ignore.
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The 16 foot trailer weighs the same as the 18 foot? If that's the case, it sounds like the 16 foot trailer was built using "better" materials.
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Old 10-25-2016, 09:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Id use the longer trailer. It will handle better but you probably wouldn't notice that if you don't have much hauling experience. The longer trailer will protect the car better too.
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Assuming you will need to get the trailer, 16 or 18 I would check them both out closely first. Two additional board feet of treated 2x6 for the floor wouldn't significantly increase weight, they may have added something else to the 16 also.
Personally i would opt for the 18 foot trailer.
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Not trying to scare you, but don't assume that a new trailer has good tires. Tires are one of the most common areas that new trailer manufacturers cut cost.
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^^^THIS^^^

I've blown up many new trailer tires that were rated beyond the weight of the load.

I would definitely opt for the longer trailer, especially if it means not having to remove the ramps after the car is loaded. Why the big price difference? Are they different brands with different options? If price is a huge factor I would consider a quality used trailer like an H&H or something, just stay away from cheap brands like PJ, Load Trail, etc. and put some good quality tires on it and make SURE no matter what you do, new trailer or used, have a spare tire mounted on a wheel with you at all times.

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