Go Back   Keystone RV Forums > Keystone Tech Forums > Tow Vehicles
Click Here to Login


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-31-2018, 07:50 PM   #11
Willie & Bev
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Newburgh
Posts: 57
We found a 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, four wheel drive, crew cab, 6.5 ft. bed, towing package and 4.10 rear end. This is what they call a work truck, but it has everything on it we need and only 50,000 miles. it is a certified pre-owned so there is some warranty left.

This is probably overkill for our 177LHS. When we are ready to upgrade our RV we won't have to worry about puling it as long as we stay with a reasonable size.

Willie & Bev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2018, 07:27 AM   #12
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Vero Beach, FL
Posts: 45
We began towing with Envoy with the 5.3. We moved up to a 2014 Yukon Denali with the 6.2. Big improvement!

2014 Bullet Premier 22 RBPR
2005 GMC Envoy Denali
johnnyringo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2018, 07:45 AM   #13
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Floyds Knobs
Posts: 10
2500hd wt

I got a fantastic deal on a 2018 Keystone Avalanche 320RS in January and at the time had a 2015 Silverado 1500 LT. The 320RS weighs in at about 11,500 lbs so I bought a 2018 Silverado 2500HD WT with the 6.0L gas engine to pull it since the diesel added about $10K to the price tag. It was an easy financial decision for me since I knew this truck was capable of pulling that much weight and we aren't full time RVers and mostly camp within a days drive. On level roads I can pull this trailer 65 mph all day long, but uphill is where it struggles.
When my wife retires in a couple of years I will definitely upgrade to the diesel puller since we will be traveling longer distances for longer periods of time, but for now I'm happy to pull over into the slow lane going uphill with all the 18 wheelers, turn on my flashers and drive 45 mph and watch the diesel pullers fly past.
hguilford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2018, 07:52 AM   #14
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 5
I have a 2015 Chevy 2500HD with 6.0L and tow package. Pull a 34 ft Keystone Sprinter fifth wheel with not problems. The diesel is probably better, but like other responses, I didn't want the added cost, and this truck is a daily driver and I didn't want the diesel. Also do not want to navigate a 1 ton around in city traffic either. If you are like me, I think you will have no problems with it.
DNKCowboyFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2018, 08:20 AM   #15
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: St.louis
Posts: 1

I have a 2016 Silverado HD gas 6.0 with 4:10 gears and six speed transmission and have hauled my Outback 298RE last summer to Colorado Springs and it does fine. All hills and different climates will cause a slight adjustment on the vehicle until the computer adjusts. I think you’d be fine looking at a used 2016 Silverado HD gas.

Good luck on your decision and happy RVing
Kevg298RE2016 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2018, 09:05 AM   #16
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Santa Clarita
Posts: 1
Tow Vehicle

We have a GMC 6.0L with a 3:73 rear end.

We pull a 27ft Keystone Hideout TT.

It does a great job. I am sure a 2500 with a 4:10 rear would be more efficient for towing (better performance), but the 90-95% of the time not towing, that would be my question.
ExtremeRVing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2018, 03:53 PM   #17
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Dallas NC
Posts: 8
I had a 3/4 ton yukon xl with that 6.0 liter engine and 4.10 geared axles. It puked pulling a 10k tt through short sand hills and City Traffic on I485 around Charlotte NC. It had all the extra cooling systems etc... that were offered. It got 8mpg with that camper, and only 12MPG without it. There are much better tow platforms out there.
2017 Ram 3500 DRW, 2015 Dynamax Trilogy 38RL
Kevinc2011 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2018, 04:33 PM   #18
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Green Valley
Posts: 94
We tow a 37' 5th wheel with a 2012 Ram dually, with Cummins diesel. While the truck was in the shop, I borrowed a 6.0l Chevy 2500 with 4.10 rear end. I am glad we have a diesel, because the 6.0l had to work hard pulling uphill, and it was almost impossible to hold speed without shifting to a low enough gear to get engine up to about 4,000 rpm. Buy a diesel. The torque they produce makes it much more enjoyable to drive.
johnlewis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2018, 05:34 PM   #19
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Johnsonville
Posts: 10
Chevy 2500HD

I have a 2003 Chevy HD 2500,6.0 v8, auto, towe package, 4 wheel drive, 4:10 gears, 8 foot box. We pull a 29 foot montana fiver, wieght of about 8500 lbs. Truck has a full instrument panel for towing. Handles fiver very well. On a long grade (3-4 miles) you have to get on it but it does good considering the load (5400 lbs truck and 8500 camper). Pulling is not as much a challenge as stopping.
lmf580 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2018, 06:13 PM   #20
Phil Saran
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Parker, Colorado
Posts: 71
We have a 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 6.7 diesel, 3:73, 4 dr., 4x4 6.4 bed with a
B&W sliding hitch.

At the end of June we will take possession of our "new to us" 2018 Keystone
Cougar 30RLS that is a 6 month old owner release back to the bank "repo".
for about 1/3 the cost of new. My last RV was a MH and got 7 MPG towing a
4K 2011 Dodge Dakota 4x4. The 5th wheel weights in at about 12K and I hope
for 10 MPG.

Phil & Alberta Saran
2019 Keystone Cougar 30 RLS 5er
2012 Dodge Ram 3500 diesel 4x4
Phil Saran is offline   Reply With Quote

tow, tow vehicle, upgrade

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Keystone RV Company or any of its affiliates in any way. Keystone RV® is a registered trademark of the Keystone RV Company.

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:07 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.