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Username Post: Towing Capacity        (Topic#363698)
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12-20-20 09:13 AM - Post#2810416    

I am thinking about buying a new 1500 Chevy truck for daily use and occasional towing. I would be towing a 24 foot enclosed trailer weighing 4200 lbs and my 59 Impala weighing 3600 lbs. I would option the truck with the 6.2 gas V8 and max towing option. Is my thinking correct or do I need to move up to a 2500? 95% of the time the truck would be a daily driver that is why I like a 1500 better. Comment and suggestions welcome.

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12-20-20 09:42 AM - Post#2810420    
    In response to corvesy

I would go with the 1500 equipped as you planned. The 1500 will ride better and get better fuel economy, but requires premium fuel. I towed a 6000 lb car trailer over the Sierras with a 2015 Silverado 1500 4wd, 5.3, 6 speed and 3.42 axle. I was able to keep up with the truck speed on the hills. With the weight you are proposing, I think the 6.2 with max trailering is a great idea.


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12-20-20 10:30 AM - Post#2810424    
    In response to corvesy

i hope you have trailer brakes. drive slow.

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12-20-20 10:34 AM - Post#2810425    
    In response to bobb

I do have trailer brakes

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12-20-20 10:45 AM - Post#2810431    
    In response to corvesy

Should be no problem. I would get a weight distributing hitch to lessen the load on the suspension. You’ll be happier with the ride quality of the 1500 with no loads on the suspension.

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12-20-20 11:26 AM - Post#2810435    
    In response to corvesy

You will be fine with a 1500,I have done 7500lbs with my 1500 and it handled it just fine
Get the factory tow package,the pressure based brake controllers are alot better then the aftermarket inertia ones
If you keep your tonque weight around 10-15% of the trailer weight a WD is not needed

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01-15-21 08:06 AM - Post#2812128    
    In response to 2plus2

Load distribution hitches also aid (help prevent) with sway control.

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01-25-21 08:22 AM - Post#2812881    
    In response to YOUNG57

There are some very good videos on youtube about trailer weight limits according you your truck’s rated capacities and about the importance of load distribution and sway control and how to mitigate them.

Edited by YOUNG57 on 01-25-21 08:25 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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01-25-21 09:22 PM - Post#2812948    
    In response to YOUNG57

I tow as heavy as that occassionally with my 5.3. When I do, I wish I had the 6.2L, otherwise I am happy with the 5.3 for daily driving purposes.

Definitely get the factory trailer controller. This is not something that can be added afterwards, has to come from factory.

The best thing I did to my truck towing-wise was adding firestone airbags to keep it level. Our trucks have soft springs for a good ride unloaded. They squat good when loaded.

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02-02-21 08:11 AM - Post#2813471    
    In response to Matt

Most GM trucks now have self-leveling systems, either rear shocks or air bags. I know my 2003 Tahoe and 2014 Yukon had self-leveling rear shocks and my 2019 Yukon has self-leveling rear air bags.

And my 2014 and 2019 Yukon have StabiliTrak and Electronic Stability Control to help prevent and control out of control skids and wheel spin.

But anyone towing trailers are still advised to use trailer load distribution and sway control hitch systems.

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