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I have a 2003 Chevy S10 with a 6cyl engine and automatic transmission. Will it be capable of towing an Ultra Lite trailer with a dry weight of 3327 lbs or even 4200 lbs dry weight?

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I had a 1985 Chevy S10 and it towed a 2000 pound pop up for a while. With a trailer you will have more wind resistance ce with the frontal cap being much higher than a pop up. It may pull, but actual towing at highway speeds and it will be struggling.


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Long pulls will really take the stuffing out of this 15 year old mini-truck.


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Posted: 02/12/18 11:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DutchmenSport wrote:

I had a 1985 Chevy S10 and it towed a 2000 pound pop up for a while. With a trailer you will have more wind resistance ce with the frontal cap being much higher than a pop up. It may pull, but actual towing at highway speeds and it will be struggling.


There is a huge difference between an '85 S-10 and a '03. I have an '86...I know. The largest engine you could get in '85 was a 2.8L V-6. A 2003 could have a 4.3L Vortec...HUGE DIFFERENCE.

Need to make sure you know what your talking about. The 4.3 will do it no problem. If he has the 4 cy, you will be correct.

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I had an S-10. Great, reliable truck. But, it felt light to me. I don't know what the sticker in your door says but, I would be skeered to push it with the S-10.

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I drove one for a while and I just don't think it has the torque to do it.
Towing with an under sized vehicle is one of those things that's so miserable that you'll never make that mistake again.


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I will put this out there.

my 2004 Ram 1500, 2 door short bed.... V6 (3.7L) 5 speed was rated at 3,000 pounds for towing.

and it had a very hard time with a 7 foot by 20 foot camper.. at 10 feet tall..

and it was 3,100 pounds... Empty.

had trouble with hills.. and hated semi- trailers passing..

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Had an S10 blazer with the 4.3. Towed a small utility trailer every now and then, but would never consider using it for towing anything more than that.

Towed a 3500# gross weight trailer with an Envoy. The Envoys engine was much stronger than the blazer. Never a problem, but it was pretty much the heaviest is want to go.

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It might pull it, but the S10's payload will be nearly all used up by the tongue weight of the trailer.


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AZMike48 wrote:

I have a 2003 Chevy S10 with a 6cyl engine and automatic transmission. Will it be capable of towing an Ultra Lite trailer with a dry weight of 3327 lbs or even 4200 lbs dry weight?


If it's the 4.3 Vortec v-6, maybe.

If it's not, NO way.

Just saying v-6 and no other vehicle specs, isn't enough information to help you.
Plus using fictional "dry" weights is the #1 Newbie mistake.


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