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    Can my 2006 GMC 2500 safely tow a Bighorn 3055RL?

    This is my first time using this forum. I emailed Heartland this question and they referred me back to GMC. Maybe some other owners can give me feedback. We are planning on purchasing a Bighorn 3055RL. My question is - will we have any problem towing that much weight with our 2006 GMC 3/4 ton diesel with an Allison trans.

    We now have a 2006 Holiday Rambler Savoy LX and have had no problems towing it, but the Bighorn is a good bit heaver. We can set the cruise on 70 and it will go up hill, never slowing down.

    Looking forward to hearing back from anyone. Thanks.

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    I don't see any problems, as our 3100RL is a little bigger and a little heavier. We have no issues at all.
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    alicia,
    No problems what so ever towing with your 06 Duramax w/6 speed Allison. You couldn't have a better set up. I tow a 3600RL with the same Duramax as yours, my combined gross weight is 22460 lbs...........your combined weight will be much less and within legal weight limits.

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    You'll have no problems pulling that BigHorn...

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    No problem, good setup. May want to consider a Timbren SES kit or Airbags.

    Timbren is the easiest to install and costs less, no need for a compressor or to find an air hose to adjust pressure. Will make a big difference in ride and handeling loaded and still give you a good ride empty.
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    You'll have no problems pulling, but you will be over some of the weight limits. GVWR will be trashed.
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    I am very happy with my GMC 2500 HD and my 3055 Bighorn.
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    Towing speed

    Quote Originally Posted by alicia View Post
    This is my first time using this forum. I emailed Heartland this question and they referred me back to GMC. Maybe some other owners can give me feedback. We are planning on purchasing a Bighorn 3055RL. My question is - will we have any problem towing that much weight with our 2006 GMC 3/4 ton diesel with an Allison trans.

    We now have a 2006 Holiday Rambler Savoy LX and have had no problems towing it, but the Bighorn is a good bit heaver. We can set the cruise on 70 and it will go up hill, never slowing down.

    Looking forward to hearing back from anyone. Thanks.

    Alicia...........we have a 2006 Bighorn 3055RL and 2006 GMC 2500 ext cab with the Dura Max and Allison. We have over 7,000 towing miles on the units and have had no problems towing. The main thing is we are at or slightly exceeding weight limits by the time we load everything. The main thing to be concerned with is the stopping ability, which is one of the reasons we limit our towing speed to about 60 MPH. Also your tire speed ratings are probably 60 MPH. If you watch your loading amount and drive accordingly you probably can get by. I would strongly suggest you hold the towing speed down though, it takes quite a distance to stop these units.

    I see you are from Farmington, I was stationed at Roswell in the Air Force back in the 1950's and still have a good friend living there. We're hoping to winter in Arizona this coming winter and stopping in Roswell on the way out. I used to enjoy going up to Ruidoso, very nice country.

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    Alicia, I have a Chevy 2500HD 6.6L Diesel with the Allison transmission and tow a 2008 BH3055RL virtually the same as your TV and rig. I have weighed mine and the GVW on the trailer is 12,700 lbs (my Long TV is rated 13400 GVWR) and the GCW truck and trailer is approximately 19000 (truck GCWR is 22000 lbs). All weights were loaded with 1/3 fresh water and 1/2 tank fuel and packed ready to camp. Based on my weights, I think that you should be just fine. You can check others weights here on this forum in a search or on the RV.NET forum to get other inputs.
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    Can't help much except to say I have a Sundance 3200ES 34.1' with a weight of 12,000 and a hitch of 1900. That is not to far off what you are getting, about a thousand on each, and I just pulled it from PA to Orlando with a 2007 2500 HD diesel with allison. It was a piece of cake. I stayed in overdrive most of the time even up hills and the truck stayed level.

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