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Can I tow a trailer with a max weight of 7000 lbs>

Postby Dtell [OP] » Jul 15 2013, 4:07am

Hi, all Second post here

So I just bought a 13 silverado crew LT with the 5.3 and the Custom Sport Truck Package with HD Trailering Equipment and 3.08 rear axle.
I though for sure I would be able to tow my trailer with a gross weight of 7000 lbs. but now I'm not sure. According to the manual it seems like I can but...

Can I tow it? My 99 grand cherokee is rated to tow 7200 lbs so it seems silly that this much larger more powerful truck can only tow 7000.

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Re: Can I tow a trailer with a max weight of 7000 lbs>

Postby Wayne58 » Jul 15 2013, 4:32am

Hello and welcome to the site >>> I am not going to try and answer ur Question but it seems to Me that a 5.3L with Max towing Pkg should have a different gear Ratio than a 3:08 >>> at least a 3:42 or maybe a 3:73 >>> Someone will chime in with the right answer > GL
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Postby manicmechanic1961 » Jul 15 2013, 4:40am

Not positive but a Class 3 receiver hitch is only rated for 5000 pounds, which is what is installed at the factory. You would require at least a weight distribution hitch to upgrade to above 5000. Read your owner's manual to ensure.
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Postby 09chevyman » Jul 15 2013, 4:46am

Yes you can tow it but it will be putting a great load on your motor and transmission with the 3:08 rear. The 3:08 rear is in my opinion not really a great towing gear with such a high gear. A 3:42 rear would be more what you will need for that kinda towing on a regular basis. IMO just lock the trans in M5 or lower in tow haul mode and go with it. It will be similar to towing with a lower gear in rear. And like said above^^^ review your hitch to see if it is rated for a heavier load also.
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Re: Can I tow a trailer with a max weight of 7000 lbs>

Postby Metamega » Jul 15 2013, 4:52am

Sure it's a 3.08? I got a 2013 a couple days ago and had the manual out tonight. I don't remember seeing a 3.08 with a hd towing package. They were all 3.42 or higher. Not sure if what you call max towing is different. Mine came with the trailer brake controls and auxiliary engine and transmission cooler. Google the codes for the gears and check the glove box.

Oh, and like the poster above said, check the hitch. I don't tow much myself so I'm not the classification guru but I checked my hitch and it doesn't look like its bolted to much. Just 4 bolts I think onto the frame not that far away. Like he said, might need a weight distribution hitch to get the max out of it.
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Postby Machster69 » Jul 15 2013, 5:14am

I got 3.08, trans cooler, engine cooler, and hitch...
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Postby CKNSLS » Jul 15 2013, 5:28am

That's not a real good axle ratio for towing. What does your manual say?
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Re: Can I tow a trailer with a max weight of 7000 lbs>

Postby Dtell [OP] » Jul 15 2013, 5:44am

Did some more digging and I do have the 3.08 with the locking diff. even with the LMG HD cooling Pkg I'm limited to 6,900 lbs. It blows me away that with the same equip but 3.42 it jumps to 9,600 lbs.

Damn I guess that's what I get for assuming.
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Postby CKNSLS » Jul 15 2013, 5:50am

You could regear-but you would still be liable for going over the manufacturers recommendations in the event something happens. OR, my 29 foot travel trailer comes in at 4640pounds DRY. So figure 5,500 pounds loaded. It's a Filon/Aluminum Ultra Light. Don't know if your in a position to trade in your old one.
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Re: Can I tow a trailer with a max weight of 7000 lbs>

Postby Dtell [OP] » Jul 15 2013, 6:37am

OK I think I have it cleared up. I'm buying the trailer (97 Sunnybrook 26 FK) from my dad and he said the weight is 7000 lbs. It turns out that that is the GVWR of the trailer, the dry weight is 4050 lbs. I figure even with full food water and gas I should have no problem pulling it with my truck.

Thanks for the help folks!

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