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Old 08-01-2009, 11:36 PM
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I have a 2003 quad cab 1500 with a 4.7, 3:55 gears, and a 5 speed manual. I have seen in a few places that with that setup the towing limit is 4450 lb. If I had the automatic tranny the limit goes up to 6400 lb. That seems like an awful big difference between the two. I always thought he manual had more balls than the auto. Can anyone explain the difference to me.
I was also told by one sales guy that the towing limit was uncahnged by the amount of weight in the truck. Another said that the amount of weight in the truck (cargo, passengers, etc.) had to be deducted from the towing limit. Anyone able to shed some light on this?
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The tow rating on the autos is usually higher due to clutch slippage problems at the higher end of the load rating scale.

Towing is changed by what you have in the truck and the load you are towing. It's called Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).

GVWR is the total weight of your vehicle, loaded, with fuel and passengers; and any load in the bed + the loaded weight of what you are towing.

Let's say that your GVWR is 14,000 pounds. Now, you load up the truck and it scales out at 7500 pounds. Your loaded towed item weighs 7500 pounds. Total (GVWR) is 15,000 pounds; 1,000 pounds over your rated GVWR.

Not a good thing. You'll break things...not necessarily the first time you tow like this but eventually, you'll have drivetrain problems, most likely a clutch, differential or transmission issue. You will defiinitely reduce the life of your truck.

So it's a good idea to 1) know your GVWR, 2) weigh your truck with what it will be loaded with in it and 3) weith your towed item as it is loaded up when you hitch up.

If the combination of your loaded truck and loaded tow item is under your GVWR (not necessarily the towing limit but that's an important thing to keep in mind), you are good to go as long as the right hitch and trailer brake controller are used.
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I think you meant to say the GCWR (Gross Combination Weight Rating) but I knew what you meant. That was some great info, thanks a lot. I didn't want to hear it but I guess I needed to.
I guess one of my only choices - besides getting rid of the darned thing - is to change the rear end to a 3.92 to give me about 1000 lb more towing capacity. Will a 3.92 bolt right in ? I would think so since it was an option on this truck. Any more help would be appreciated.
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If you swap out your gears have it done by a reputable shop since this in not a plug and play modification. Also, if you do swap your gears upgrade to at least 4.10's (but I suggest that you DON'T FEAR the GEAR and go with 4.56's) since you will not notice much of a difference between 3.55's and 3.92's.
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im guessing its not 4x4
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Don't listen to the sales people when it comes to towing, they have no clue. Get your facts before you go looking, Trailer Life towing guide on line is a great source for your information.
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