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2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby A W Warn [OP] » Oct 21 2013, 4:15am

rodcheapo,
would you mind sharing the source of the specs? I have looked everywhere and can not find anything.
Thanks!
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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby CKNSLS » Oct 21 2013, 6:14am

Metamega wrote:Its kind of the same for most these trucks isn't it. My 5.3 with the heavy duty cooling package with the 3.42 says its good for 9600, the hitch on it is only good for 4500 or something like that.

My old 4.8 silverado had a tow rating on it and no hitch on it, kind of the same thing.



Your truck will reach maximum payload before the 9,600 pounds maximum towing. That's just the way it is with half-tons. Your yellow and white sticker probably says 1400 pounds payload. It's listed under the tire sizes.

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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby Silvery13 » Oct 21 2013, 1:03pm

OP - IMHO you are over analyzing the tow hitch. Your truck has a maximum tow rating of 11,500 lbs AND the hitch has a maximum tongue weight rating of 1200 lbs (to help prevent exceeding your payload). Indeed the owners manual says tongue weight should be 10-15%. This is a safety factor. I have no doubt the hitch is rated to pull 11,500 lbs.
1) If the tongue weight ends up being more than 1200 lbs, you would need to move cargo toward the rear of the trailer or remove cargo, or use a lighter trailer.
2) The more important question isn't "What is the hitch rated for", but rather "What is the maximum weight I can safely tow"?
3) Add passengers and their gear and the maximum safe weight is reduced.

Here's an example. My truck is rated to tow a maximum of 9,600 lbs. Let's suppose I want to pull a 7,500 lb trailer. Tongue weight should be 10-15% or 750 - 1125 lbs.
The only way to know for sure is to put the tongue of the trailer on scales. Suppose my tongue weight is an even 1,000 lbs. My payload is 1,700 lbs. That leaves 700 lbs of payload. Subtract my weight (200 Lbs) and I have 500 lbs left. Add 3-4 passengers and I could be over my payload. The trailer weight isn't at the maximum, but what I can safely tow is.

The hitch will tow the maximum but has a tongue weight limit to help prevent you from exceeding your payload.
I suggest if you need to safely tow 11,500 lbs, you need a 3/4 ton truck.
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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby CKNSLS » Oct 21 2013, 5:14pm

I really blame the truck manufacturers for their "tow ratings" of maximum trailer weights, even though due to payload there is no way one could two that heavy of a trailer with a half-ton in the real world. I guess that's why so many posters are confused. They say GM rated my truck at XXXX amount trailer weight but your telling me I can't tow this weight (at least legally).

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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby Silvery13 » Oct 21 2013, 6:28pm

^I could legally tow the maximum weight of 9,600 lbs if......it was just me in the truck and the tongue weight did not exceed 15%. :lol:

Seems like GM has gotten lazy about explaining safe/legal towing procedures. The current owners manuals for 07+ trucks has some good info. But there was a time when the owners manual would show step by step how to determine the payload effect on towing based on the number of passengers and cargo in the truck. This seems to be missing these days.

I did find this: "Trailer weight rating (TWR) is calculated assuming the tow vehicle has only the driver but all required trailering equipment. Weight of additional optional equipment, passengers, and cargo in the tow vehicle must be subtracted from the trailer weight rating".
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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby retg » Oct 21 2013, 6:38pm

Not just GM, but Ford, and Chrysler. It appears Toyota is the only manufacturer to follow SAE J2807 which, if followed, gives a more accurate tow rating to a vehicle.

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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby rodcheapo » Oct 21 2013, 6:39pm

A W Warn wrote:rodcheapo,
would you mind sharing the source of the specs? I have looked everywhere and can not find anything.
Thanks!
Alan


I was simply quoting the specs you had given. The actual specifications, however, are published by the manufacturer and available online.
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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby fondupot » Oct 21 2013, 6:47pm

NOHOMO wrote:Towing that kind of weight, get a freaking Duramax


I agree. While the truck may be able to tow the load, stopping it is another question...
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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby mag11SGM » Oct 21 2013, 6:54pm

I have no problem stopping my heavy load truck and trailer with the last weigh in was 17,500 also have no problem pulling it down the road.

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Re: 2014 1500 maximum trailering hitch capacity

Postby CKNSLS » Oct 21 2013, 9:21pm

mag11SGM wrote:I have no problem stopping my heavy load truck and trailer with the last weigh in was 17,500 also have no problem pulling it down the road.

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Am I missing something here?
With this Max Trailering Package installed, the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8’s max towing jumps to 11,500 pounds. It appears as if this package is not available with the 4.3-liter V-6, but it can still tow up to 7,600 pounds.

Does a larger motor increase towing 6,000 pounds?
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