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Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby HAPPY HUNTER 59 [OP] » Sep 02 2013, 2:50pm

Hello Everyone,

First time poster here, I have read these forums for a while and I love hearing everyone's input.
We are looking to upgrade our current travel trailer (dry weight 4700 lbs.) to a new one with a dry weight of 6000 lbs. My truck is a 2013 Silverado 1500 6.2 with the Max Trailering Package with a 3.73 rear axle. It tows my current TT very well. I normally have about 1000 lbs. of cargo loaded between the pickup and the TT along with 600 lbs. of passengers. Adding all these weights together with the weight of the truck comes to around 13,000 lbs. GCVW. My truck is rated at 16,000 GCVW. That's 81% of max GCVW. All of our traveling is done in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and western Maryland where the hills are pretty steep at places! My question for you guys is 81% to close to the max GCVW for a safe, comfortable trip. Some of our trips are 6-8 hours long.

Thanks in advance to anyone who will give me advice or an opinion. :)
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby 09chevyman » Sep 03 2013, 6:01pm

No IMO that's not too close for your 6.2 motor and weight. Just keep in mind when loading up all extra supplies and gear that your pushing towards the limit.
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby CKNSLS » Sep 03 2013, 6:38pm

Based on all you have said, your current trailer is the "sweet spot" for your truck. The trailer you are looking at w/cargo and passengers is too much for your truck. Yea, the RV salesmen told you that you could tow it. In theory you can, but it's too much.

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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby 03pewternblack » Sep 04 2013, 12:42am

I'd agree with no. 81% is way to high. Your about perfect with what you have as the last person stated. Plus vehicle motors arent made to be ran at full throttle and a full load, although it is a truck... more like 50-60%. Sure you COULD, but you would be MUCH better off with a 3/4 ton if you're trying to upgrade.
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby semicrazy » Sep 04 2013, 2:08am

You should be good to go. With my 08 6.0l I tow a 32' tt with gvwr of 9600# and have no problems.
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby CKNSLS » Sep 04 2013, 2:12am

With what he is describing he will be very near (or possibly over) his GVWR. He carries a lot of weight IN ADDITION to his trailer. This isn't about anything else other than keeping the OP AND HIS FAMILY SAFE.

The downside of half-tons is the GVWR. This is beside the point on what he may have under the hood.


The weight the truck is rated to handle can be found on the yellow and white sticker located in the driver's door jam. It is listed with the tire sizes. It will say something as follows-The combined weight of passengers and cargo shall not exceed XXXXX.

With a 6,000 pound trailer he is going to have a tongue weight between 720 and 750 pounds. That's probably half the GVWR right there. Also, please remember he is starting out with an empty trialer-it is not ready to camp at the DRY WEIGHT.
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby djlove » Sep 04 2013, 3:14am

I travel alot with my uncle to car shows pulling a camper at about 11k. His last truck was a 3/4 ton suburban.

We had new tires installed on the camper and it drove great for about two hours. Then all of a sudden one of the tires threw a band our something and that suburban was thrown so hard. My uncles an amazing driver, grew up on a car lot, plowed for over thirty years, drove truck and heavy equipment when he was younger, just one of those guys that loves to drive and loves to drive well. I swear to God the passenger side came off the ground and it was like a scene from the movies, he pulled the wheel right and drove the truck down and right before the tires hit straightened out and slammed the brakes. Two truckers stopped traffic on the 90 until we got off the road and changed our pants. They pulled over and walked up and told my uncle that he was one hell of a driver...

Long story short, he traded that in for a heavy towing 2500 and got a trailer with better weight distribution and the best anti sway hitch he could find.

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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby HAPPY HUNTER 59 [OP] » Sep 04 2013, 2:54pm

Here' some additional info about my truck. Along with a weight distributing hitch I have Reese Dual Cam anti-sway bars and I have Air Lift air bags installed on the truck. The GVW is 7300 lbs. and the max. tow weight is 10400 lbs. The truck is a 4x4 crew cab short bed.

While looking thru the GM 2013 towing guide I found it interesting that my truck is actually rated to tow more than the 2500HD with a 3.73 rear axle (9400 for the 2500HD vs 10400 for the 1500 with the maximun tow package. Both models have a 16000 GVW. Now with a 4.10 rear axle the 2500HD numbers go to 20500 GVW and 13000 max tow.

P.S. Thanks for all comments so far. Definitely some food for thought.
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby CKNSLS » Sep 04 2013, 4:49pm

What does the yellow and white sticker say on the inside of the door jam? On a half ton truck you will always run out of GVWR before you run out of "how much can I tow?"
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Re: Towing a 6000 lb. Travel Trailer

Postby 03pewternblack » Sep 04 2013, 5:48pm

The safe limit and GWVR are two different things.
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