Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Temecula, CA
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Re: Gas Towrig?
I tow with my 1500 Suburban with the 5.3 and 4.10 gears, and it's GREAT. MUCH better than towing with my 5.8L Bronco (although the Bronco has it all over the 'Burb in the "Cool factor" category).
I was flat towing with the 'Burb last night while Chris (Elusive) was pulling his TJ on a trailer with his Cummins TurboDiesel. We happened to get side by side at a red light. The road was a little wet, so we both spun the tires. Then he lurched in front of me for about two car lengths, and then I ran him down at about 40 MPH. It was a classic torque vs. horsepower comparison. I averaged 11.5 MPG with the gas engine flat-towing, while Chris gets 15 MPG with his CTD, regardless of the load. One time I borrowed Chris' trailer and towed a '64 T-Bird up to the High Desert. I think it was at least as heavy as a Jeep on the trailer. The power was fine, and the gas milage was around 10 MPG.
A Suburban 2500 with a 6.0/4L80E would be great as a tow rig. I'd feel much better with my 'Burb if it didn't have that 10-bolt rear-end and the 4L60E.