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Old 02-13-2013, 01:12 PM   #41
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I have a 1500 Silverado , 1/2 ton. I had to carry a 2600lbs. load , a machine.
A friend of mine runs a scrap yard. we had we burn the front coil springs out of an old Catclac to fit fully extended , my rear end off the ground.We cut the springs 1" less than the space between the rear axle and the rubber stopper that stops the truck from bottoming out to the frame.

We then put the lowest profile (Less circumference) tires on the back to gain some HP back and ,we toted the machine 25 miles.
No harm , no foul and no damage to my truck.! Very cheap.!

The (Helper springs) were (tie-wired) to frame and rubber stop so we didn't loose them Kool..!

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just curious if you 18 wheelers know the history on how your rigs got called tractor trailers....

could it be because they use to haul tractors? hmmmm. flat bed is one thing, but remember those rigs that had to be loaded mid frame? remember when crawlers use to pivot into the center from the sides because the wheels in back were in the way for a rear ramp?

wasnt that a tractor trailer.

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heres another one for you.

99 1500 suburban with tow package.
pulling a 5 ton rated trailer with a 76 C10 pickup on it.....1500 miles hwy speeds.

yes/no?

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Earlier tractors were called traction engines which evolved into tractor.

A tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction. Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks. Agricultural implements may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanised.

The word tractor was taken from Latin, being the agent noun of trahere "to pull".[1][2] The first recorded use of the word meaning "an engine or vehicle for pulling wagons or ploughs" occurred in 1901, displacing the earlier term "traction engine" (1859)

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heres another one for you.

99 1500 suburban with tow package.
Pulling a 5 ton rated trailer with a 76 c10 pickup on it.....1500 miles hwy speeds.

Yes/no?
yes........!
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U can do that just don't tailgate or go flying down any hills

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heres another one for you.

99 1500 suburban with tow package.
pulling a 5 ton rated trailer with a 76 C10 pickup on it.....1500 miles hwy speeds.

yes/no?
Stupid. Never overload your vehicle.
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The later gm trucks had / have 4l60 trans in the 1500 and smaller trucks , 2500 and up ran 4l80 , alot stronger . And lets not forget the rear ends in these tahoes and burbans SUCK . Open diffs were ok but most were limited and I cant count how many I have blown out .
My 03 tahoe WITH tow package has 3.42 rear and wont pull a boat or hell even a small loaded trailer over 75mph in over drive , You either have to run up to 90 mph to get the rpms up or keep it below 70 . Running in 3rd kills your mpg to about 3-4mpg max.
BUT here in NC there is no weight limit on what a suv can haul so we dont need weighted tags but the trucks are a very different story and they pop our ass all the time .

Now a chevy with say a NV4500 5spd with a 14 bolt rear on the other hand .

I hate towing anything over the road with the tahoe , just too much strain and my driving adds to it .
My F-350 7.3 IDI NA will run as fast as you want pulling what ever you want .

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heres another one for you.

99 1500 suburban with tow package.
pulling a 5 ton rated trailer with a 76 C10 pickup on it.....1500 miles hwy speeds.

yes/no?
What is the curb weight of the C10? Does it have fuel and oil in it( 8 lbs per gal. ) ? What is the tare weight of the trailer? How much do the chains and/or straps weigh? Spare tires? Does the trailer have a tool box? Everything weighs something and must be taken into account.
Load the trailer, take it to a truck stop ( pilot, TA, etc. ) , pay $10 and scale it, if it exceeds the towing capacity of the suburban.... NO!
If it does not, then yes.
There are too many variables in this, putting a 14 year old truck on the road, pulling more than it is capable, at interstate speeds, for 1500 miles is a gamble I am not willing to take.
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99 1500 suburban with tow package.
pulling a 5 ton rated trailer with a 76 C10 pickup on it.....1500 miles hwy speeds.
HAILLLLL NO !
I pulled a tandem deck over , EMPTY with the 350 and it was hell , I can pull the same trailer through town no problem with the towahoe but open rd ? Hell to naw
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