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Old 03-29-2011, 09:17 PM
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It is indeed a 1/2 ton (2004 Z71 Sierra). I am heading out in May most likely, so I hope the snow has passed by then.

I think my truck has about a 9K towing capacity. This shouldn't be too hard on the transmission, should it? I am thinking 3,500 lbs stock FJ40 (no top) + 750 lbs tow dolly + 1500 lbs fuel, gear, and passengers.
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Not sure that my stock rig is fit for CM 2011
Stock rigs are awesome at Cruise Moab. Did you see the recent clip where a guy did Hells Revenge in a Chevy Caprice? Stock is the best way to learn wheeling and puts all of us point-and-shoot types to shame.

But, I think registration may be full already.
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It is indeed a 1/2 ton (2004 Z71 Sierra). I am heading out in May most likely, so I hope the snow has passed by then.

I think my truck has about a 9K towing capacity. This shouldn't be too hard on the transmission, should it? I am thinking 3,500 lbs stock FJ40 (no top) + 750 lbs tow dolly + 1500 lbs fuel, gear, and passengers.
The 9K is a lie! The only way you can tow 9K is if you use a class V hitch with an equalizer hitch. Also if you have a standard 1/2 ton you should have a 5K tow limit and 250# tongue wieght. I went through all this when I had my 1/2 ton GMC, it can be done but be careful. I towed my 4Runner on a 20' flatbed and it was scary. Brakes faded and tranny would not hold the gears coming down the hill.

I am sure your rig will do OK but be very careful on the downhills that's all. Enjoy and take lots of picture!!
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:57 AM
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The 9K is a lie! The only way you can tow 9K is if you use a class V hitch with an equalizer hitch. Also if you have a standard 1/2 ton you should have a 5K tow limit and 250# tongue wieght. I went through all this when I had my 1/2 ton GMC, it can be done but be careful. I towed my 4Runner on a 20' flatbed and it was scary. Brakes faded and tranny would not hold the gears coming down the hill.

I am sure your rig will do OK but be very careful on the downhills that's all. Enjoy and take lots of picture!!
That is helpful information. Now I am wishing that I had a 3/4-ton.
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My suggestion based PURELY on what I've read when I researched pulling my 40 to Moab years ago with my Dodge Durango...

Avoid Uhaul if you can - look elsewhere for better equipment

Do a trial run locally - rent a dolly for the day (or borrow one) and start off with an around the neighborhood cruise and then go from there (hills and the highway)

Don't try to back up with the 40 on the dolly

x2 on stock rigs in Moab - if you can still get in on CM11 COME!! - There will be a LOT of people there to help, guide you, etc. - always better to be in a group! - I'm betting some of the "easier" trails probably still have space
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You could always drive your 40 and have your fam or friends be the chase rig with all the gear, tools, etc. Driving your 40 to the trail is 1/2 the fun.
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