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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 CC - tow rating vs reality

Re: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 CC - tow rating vs reality

Postby EKinMN » Jan 31 2011, 3:59am

Double check that, truckguy. I think he is right. Oddly, the 5.3 is rated higher than the 6.2. I double checked the user manual.

Page 9-99 of the manual:
5.3LV8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg 3.42 4 355 kg (9,600 lbs)
6.2LV8 3.42 3 039 kg (6,700 lbs)
6.2LV8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg 3.42 4 400 kg (9,700 lbs)
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Re: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 CC - tow rating vs reality

Postby aksierra11 » Jan 31 2011, 4:02am

I have a 2011 with the 6.2 and I don't even think mine is 9600lbs unless I am miss reading the sticker.

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Re: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 CC - tow rating vs reality

Postby EKinMN » Jan 31 2011, 4:09am

Read the manual, gents.....it all depends on engine, gears, and towing packages....
Here is the manual for a 2011 Sierra. Check page 9-99.
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Re: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 CC - tow rating vs reality

Postby aksierra11 » Jan 31 2011, 4:18am

Little confused. My truck has the max trailering package. 3.73 gears ect...but my truck sticker says this..
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While according to the owners manual it should be this..
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Am I missing something really simple? Did they miss print my sticker?
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Re: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 CC - tow rating vs reality

Postby gmctruckguy » Jan 31 2011, 5:58am

Mine is the same, sticker (VIN break down) states 7000, owners manual says 9500, Best bet is to either look @ sticker or go to your dealer & have the VIN broke down check out this link on GM's website http://www.gmc.com/sierra/1500/specsCapabilities.jsp under towing capabilities.
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Re: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 CC - tow rating vs reality

Postby EKinMN » Jan 31 2011, 6:02am

I come up with 9,500 for my truck, using both the chart AK posted, and the link gmctruckguy provided. Sweet, considering I never go over 5,000. I probably won't even need the tow/haul mode.
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Re: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 CC - tow rating vs reality

Postby FairviewLT » Jan 31 2011, 6:18am

aksierra - you're looking at GVWR - Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. That's not the towing capacity. I think that's the max total weight of the actual truck.

But to muddy the waters a little more on the 5.3 towing, I've run into the following problem - The manual says a truck like the original poster's (and mine) can tow 9,500 on page 9-102. But when you go to GMC's spec website, there are 2 options listed. "Crew Cab Short Box 4wd" will tow 6,700 with a 5.3 and 3.42 gears. There's also a listing for "Crew Cab Short Box 4wd without MAX trailering pack" that will tow 9,500 pounds with a 5.3 and 3.42 gearing. Am I missing something here, or is this contradictory?
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Re: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 CC - tow rating vs reality

Postby aksierra11 » Jan 31 2011, 6:36am

Every time I go to the local landfill I look at my truck on the scale and its just a little over 5000 pounds. Not sure where the truck could get another 2500 pounds added on to it...

Ehh either way I know I can tow 10x more than I will ever need to. Life is good.
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Re: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 CC - tow rating vs reality

Postby FairviewLT » Jan 31 2011, 6:41am

aksierra11 wrote:Every time I go to the local landfill I look at my truck on the scale and its just a little over 5000 pounds. Not sure where the truck could get another 2500 pounds added on to it...



Heh - me and 3 friends could get you about halfway there...
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Re: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 CC - tow rating vs reality

Postby aksierra11 » Jan 31 2011, 6:42am

FairviewLT wrote:
aksierra11 wrote:Every time I go to the local landfill I look at my truck on the scale and its just a little over 5000 pounds. Not sure where the truck could get another 2500 pounds added on to it...



Heh - me and 3 friends could get you about halfway there...

Well I guess that includes gear, and people and fuel and anything else you want to put in there. Guess it could add up :lol:
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