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2013 Crew Cab 5.3 3.42 Ratio HD factory tow package.

Postby Bubba's Silverado [OP] » Apr 14 2013, 8:52pm

I am thinking about getting a new travel trailer or 5th wheel. Just wanted to see who uses a 5th wheel or travel trailer with there 2013 short bed and what do you tow. The sticker on the truck says 6800 LBS GVW but the dealer says with the 3.42 ratio and factory HD tow package the truck is rated at 9300 GVW. Just confused with the weights and not really sure what number to go with as I would think the sales sticker should reflect the true numbers. Just seeing what others out here are towing and what weight.
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Re: 2013 Crew Cab 5.3 3.42 Ratio HD factory tow package.

Postby farside1 » Apr 15 2013, 4:05am

I have a 2010 Crew 4x4 with the 5.3 and 3.42 gears with the tow package and was told it will tow 9600 pounds. Not sure where your getting the 9300 pounds?

The 6800 LBS GVW should be the weight of the truck.
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Re: 2013 Crew Cab 5.3 3.42 Ratio HD factory tow package.

Postby triton2286 » Apr 15 2013, 1:40pm

The 6800lbs is your GVWR.

Your towing capacity with 3.42's is 9600lbs

Which then makes you GCWR 15000lbs
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Re: 2013 Crew Cab 5.3 3.42 Ratio HD factory tow package.

Postby Bubba's Silverado [OP] » Apr 15 2013, 6:28pm

farside1 wrote:I have a 2010 Crew 4x4 with the 5.3 and 3.42 gears with the tow package and was told it will tow 9600 pounds. Not sure where your getting the 9300 pounds?

The 6800 LBS GVW should be the weight of the truck.


The 9300 was from the dealer. But I see that there are a few number running around and wanted to make sure of the true towing weight. TY
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Re: 2013 Crew Cab 5.3 3.42 Ratio HD factory tow package.

Postby farside1 » Apr 15 2013, 11:43pm

What Triton said. :D

What i meant was the 6800 GVW rating is the weight of the truck plus what it can carry, which includes anyone in it as well as all the "stuff" that you take along which also includes the weight the truck can carry in the bed. The tow rating is a separate number.

You should be able to tow max 9600 pounds. I'm not sure you ever want to do that though. If you are towing that weight on a continual basis I'd look into the HD trucks. Just my .02 as i always want way more wiggle room when weights are concerned.
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Re: 2013 Crew Cab 5.3 3.42 Ratio HD factory tow package.

Postby Centricity » Apr 15 2013, 11:54pm

base weight of my 2013 CC Silverado LT 5.3 is 5600LB according to the scale at the local dump.

And yes i did subtract my fat azz weight from the scale total :)
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Re: 2013 Crew Cab 5.3 3.42 Ratio HD factory tow package.

Postby Gereke09 » Apr 16 2013, 1:48pm

Look in the manual....it will cover the different options and the towing capability along with the total gross of the trx and trailer!! Just gotta know your options....Hd cooling, Hd towing, gears,tranny, and motoe(window sticker)!!! My 09 CCSB 5.3 6sp. 3.42s will tow 9600/15kgross!!! Good luck!!
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Re: 2013 Crew Cab 5.3 3.42 Ratio HD factory tow package.

Postby Bubba's Silverado [OP] » Apr 16 2013, 2:22pm

Thank you for the info. Now that I am sure of the weight, just wanted to see what people are pulling for a travel trailer or 5th wheel. Just want to get some ideas and thoughts.
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Re: 2013 Crew Cab 5.3 3.42 Ratio HD factory tow package.

Postby zproud » Apr 24 2013, 2:18am

My 2012 crew cab 5.3 with the 342 gears, 1500 4x4 has a sticker in the glove box, do not add a 5th wheel hitch or something like that, good luck
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Re: 2013 Crew Cab 5.3 3.42 Ratio HD factory tow package.

Postby Bubba's Silverado [OP] » Apr 24 2013, 2:58am

zproud wrote:My 2012 crew cab 5.3 with the 342 gears, 1500 4x4 has a sticker in the glove box, do not add a 5th wheel hitch or something like that, good luck


This is something I need to look at. I see some that have added a 5th wheel but have read that you shouldn't. Safety first!
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