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I am thinking about looking at a 1996 GMC 3500 Crew Cab 4x4 with a 6.5l diesel and an automatic. It is not a duelly. The truck"s engine has 168,000 miles and the tranny was rebuilt about 2,000 miles ago. What I want to know is how much will it be able to tow? I want to pull a 31" Airstream that weight about 7,000lbs empty and I would probably put about1000 - 1500lbs into it. Would I be okay with this?Thanks, Rod
I believe that that truck is rated for 9200lbs but thats a subjective number depending on how its loaded. upgrades to the cooling and exhaust as well as a pyro gauge would be a good idea when towing that much weight with a 6.5im sure other will chime in with more info as well
1994 Chevy 2500 HD "F" 6.5 turbo , Auto, 4X4
Piece of cake. If your going to do any hills or hot weather an upgrade to the 97 cooling is recommended. Get a new PMD and a remote mount cooler and harness. Good tires and away you go. I pull a 33" Marathon 4 season weighs in at just a hair under 11k. My truck handles it beautifully. Of course the dual wheels control it much better than srw, but no biggy. Heck, all the new half ton trucks are "rated" to tow over 10k now. Ford even picked a number 500 lbs more than Chevy so they could make that gay commercial saying you need two Chevys to tow as much as one Ford. I hate that commercial. Great, now I"m pi55ed off again........
Black 97 Chevy K3500 ex-cab dually. 162k miles on original 6.5, 4L80E, 4:10s, locker. Mods: Banks gauges, 3.5 straight pipe, Heath Turbomaster, remote PMD cooler, #9 resistor, B&M electronic shift kit, T-bars cranked, 255/85 Interco TrXus MTs, 1.5 spacers, 3 inch body lift.Extras: Blizzard 810 Powerplow, Snow-Ex 1875 tailgate sander, 33" 11k Marathon travel trailer, XM Satellite radio, Valet remote starter, loaded Whelen 12 head Edge.Planned: airbags, universal intercooler, homemade cold air intake and Heath HP-4.Proud Member #491 of The 3500 Dually Club

pull a fast one..As I was perusing the owners manual of the 2000 GMC K3500 Crew Cab just bought, I was surprised to find that the recommended towing weight was only 7500 lbs for my truck. It didn"t specify DRW or SRW for the specification listed.Here is a picture of the manual pages. I am sure if this violates some copywrite provision, a moderator will act accordingly.Here is the one for K (4 wheel drive, C = 2 wheel drive) 3500 (1 ton) Crew cab
I also added the regular cab specs too.

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This is 2000 year book from GMC, what do they know anyway..
2000 GMC Sierra 3500 Limo (crew cab) 4X4....131K miles DRW Stock 6.5, Automatic tranny. Some goodies..a cool remote mounted ECU and um...IM 3500 DUALLY CLUB #514!!
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