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Re: 95 K1500 towing capacity
Do you have a manual or auto. If its an auto...two words.. tranny cooler...the "factory towing package" is not enough to keep the tranny cool. I towed a 24ft Wilderness Travel Trailer (about 6400 lbs)and it pulled like a dog. I regeared to 4.10, better pulling but still a dog. The tranny gave up in AZ on a family camp. Nothing like a tranny on fire to kill a good weekend, Now, I know the burb is quite a bit heavier, but it did struggle. My experience has been that although the tow rating may be in the 7500 lb range, try not to get too close to it. Keep extra room for what youre going to pack in the trailer and the bed of the truck. Also, when youre out camping, you usually take everyone and the dog with you, so that adds extra weight in the cab.
If you get a chance, ask a friend with a travel trailer if you can pull it across the highway for a few miles. The travel trailer has interesting characteristics since it is usuall built taller and longer than the tow rig itself. Dont forget about braking (Need to stop that thing)! I'm not sure if a pop up trailer has electric brakes.
Since youre on the subject of trailers, look a full size trailers, there not much more than the pop ups.
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