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Old January 13th, 2008, 01:13 AM   #1
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since i sold my c3500 diesel i am left with nothing to tow with. my bro offered his 94 1/2 ton suburban to me any time i wanted to use it if, i helped him maintain it. i cant really pass up that deal, but i am concerned that the truck wont be able to keep up with pulling my f150.

it has 3.42 gears now. i am thinking that switching to 4.10 gears might be worth it.

who on here tows with a half ton suburban? what gears do you have in it and how does it pull?
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Old January 13th, 2008, 01:53 AM   #2
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I have used mine to tow. it has 373 gears and the 5.3. works fine. I dont think the suburban ever had 4.10's my dad has an 86 and it has 3.73.

really you should just try towing it the way it is for a little bit, then change the gears if you need to
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Old January 13th, 2008, 09:03 AM   #3
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I tow a 30' 7500-8000# camper with my '99 Bus. I have 3.73 gears tho' and a Vortec motor which has more hp/trq than your '94. It gets the job done, just don't be in a hurry:tonka:
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i have towed with many a half ton burbans... they arent too bad, but like was said, dont be in a hurry. towed everything from a 31ft travel trailer to a car trailer with a FSJ on 37's
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I have a 98 w/5.7 and 3.42's. I tow with it somewhat regularly,30' travel trailer, 18' carhauler with any and all sizes of cars, it does just fine. It is definately no diesel though.
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Today was the first time I've towed my Jeep on a trailer behind the Bus......it towed just fine. Actually it towed the jeep way better than my camper. I would guess my Jeep on the flatbed weights around 6000#. My camper empty weights 6900#.
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hmmm... this in encouraging. maybe i can hold off on the gears for a while.
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I know it is a little late to comment, but I had a 94 Yukon with 3.42 gears for 2 years and towed a 96 Trans Am around with it. It definately wasn't a vortec but it did suprisingly well. I even had 33 inch mud tires to make things worse. I went all over the eastern us with it and besides the mountains I was content.

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Isnt the wheelbase pretty close between the Suburban and you F150? If so, it should tow pretty straight and solid down the highway. And break more wind :tonka:
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since i sold my c3500 diesel i am left with nothing to tow with. my bro offered his 94 1/2 ton suburban to me any time i wanted to use it if, i helped him maintain it. i cant really pass up that deal, but i am concerned that the truck wont be able to keep up with pulling my f150.

it has 3.42 gears now. i am thinking that switching to 4.10 gears might be worth it.

who on here tows with a half ton suburban? what gears do you have in it and how does it pull?
My K3500 crew has the same engine (TBI 5.7L right?), even with the 4:10 gears its no rocket with or without a load, I would actually consider keeping the 3:## gears and be able to tow in D rather than OD and hold a better speed/rpm. It might be a little more sluggish from a stop but let the fools around you deal with that, Im never in a hurry when I tow.

Subs always tow nice tho, nice long WB and even weight front to back. Order up a set of Timbrens from truckspring.com to keep the ass end level and tow away.
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