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2016 5.3 8-speed Towing Capacity Questions

2016 5.3 8-speed Towing Capacity Questions

Postby joes74challenger [OP] » Sep 09 2019, 1:22am

Hello,

I went through and decoded my RPO codes from within the glove box and found to my surprise i do have a posi-traction limited slip rear end that i didn't realize i had (but it does explain why it wouldn't spin the tires like i thought it should when taking off around a corner, however on wet roads the rear end will change directions at each gear change lol). i have the 5.3 with the 8 speed and found i do have the heavy duty trans cooler and a posi rear end as I just stated but appear to be missing the max tow code i found mentioned in another post? So i'm assuming I do NOT have max tow? at which point i'm left wondering what does Chevy claim my max weights for towing are?

I've towed the family camper before with a 94/01 silverados and have no issues pulling a trailer. I have had thoughts about getting a camper in the future for the wife but just wanted to know where i stand before i start looking. I have a brake controller from the factory and would definitely get a weight distribution hitch, although i'm use to the torsion bar style from the 90's but apparently they have a better system now (although i don't want to spend more than a few hundred on a decent hitch if i can avoid it, Hensley is out of the question for my budget lol).

i'm sure this has been covered before but i'm just not seeing it listed for a non-max tow 8 speed truck within the past few pages of these forums. thank you in advance for any help you can offer, below are the codes i was able to decipher.

AK0 WINDOW ABSORBING GLAZING
AL0 SENSOR INDICATOR INFLATABLE RESTRAINT, FRT PASS/CHILD PRESENCE DETECTOR
AN3 SEAT,FRONT BUCKET,DRIVER,PASSENGER WITH ELECTRONIC BODY SUPPORT CONTROL
AQQ SEAT PASSENGER AIR, LOW BACK, VINYL, NATIONAL CUSH-N-AIRE
AU3 LOCK,SIDE DOOR,ELECTRIC
AXK VEHICLE TYPE TRUCK
AY0 RESTRAINT SYSTEM SEAT, INFLATABLE, DRIVER & PASS, FRT SIDE, ROOF SIDE
A31 WINDOW,ELECTRIC OPERATED,SIDE
A45 MEMORY SEAT ADJUSTER, MIRROR, POWER, DRIVER & ENHANCED MEMORY PERSONALIZATION
A48 WINDOW RR FULL WIDTH, SLIDING, POWER
A68 SEAT RR SPLIT, FOLDING
A91 PULLDOWN,REAR COMPARTMENT LID
BTV CONTROL REMOTE ENGINE START
BVQ STEPS RUNNINGBOARD, SIDE, TUBULAR, CHROME
BWN STEPS CORNER ASSIST, BUMPER
B1J LINER FENDER
B30 CARPET,FLOOR AND WHEELHOUSE
B32 COVERING,FLOOR MATS,FRONT AUXILIARY
B33 COVERING,FLOOR MATS,REAR AUXILIARY
B85 ORNAMENTATION,EXTERIOR,BELT REVEAL MOLDING
CF5 ROOF,SUN,GLASS SLIDING,ELECTRIC
VJ2 LABEL, EXPORT HEADLAMP ADJUST
C49 DEFOGGER,REAR WINDOW,ELECTRIC
C5Z GVW RATING(7200 LBS)
DD8 MIRROR,INSIDE,REARVIEW,TILT,AUTOMATIC,LIGHT SENSITIVE
DH6 MIRROR,INSIDE,VISOR VANITY,RH AND LH(ILLUM)
DL3 MIRROR O/S LH & RH, REMOTE CONTROL, ELECTRIC, HEATED POWER FOLDING, TURN SIG IND, LT SENSITIVE, COLOR
DP9 MIRROR PROVISIONS HOUSING, CHROME
D07 CONSOLE,FRONT COMPARTMENT FLOOR(CUSTOM)
EF7 COUNTRY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)
E20 HANDLE,O/S,DR,CHROME
E63 BODY EQUIPMENT,FLEETSIDE PICKUP BOX
FE9 FEDERAL EMISSION CERTIFICATION
FH0 AXLE,FRONT,6360 KG(14000#)
GU6 AXLE,REAR,3.42 RATIO
G1K PRIMARY COLOR EXTERIOR, SACR'E BLUE MET(409Y)
G80 AXLE,REAR,POSITRACTION,LIMITED SLIP
H0Y INTERIOR TRIM CONFIG LEATHER, LEVEL 1, JET BLACK
H3B INTERIOR TRIM CONFIG LEATHER VAR 1, LEVEL 3, JET BLACK
I06 RADIO INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM-UPLEVEL W/CONNECTIVITY & EMBEDDED NAVIGATION
II6 ENGINEERING YEAR 2016
JD9 BRAKE VAC POWER, 17' DISC/DISC, W/VSES, 7700 LBS
JF4 PEDALS ADJUSTABLE, POWER
JL1 CONTROL,INTEGRATED TRAILER BRAKE
KB6 HEATER SEAT, COOLING, FRT
KC4 COOLING SYSTEM,ENGINE OIL
KG4 GENERATOR 150 AMP
KI4 RECEPTACLE ELECTRICAL, ACCESSORY 110 VOLT
KNP COOLING SYSTEM,TRANSMISSION,HEAVY DUTY
K34 CRUISE CONTROL,AUTOMATIC,ELECTRONIC
K4C CHARGER INDUCTIVE PORTABLE WIRELESS DEVICE
L83 ENGINE GAS, 8 CYL, 5.3L, SIDI VVT, AFM, E85 MAX, ALUM, GM
MAH MARKETING AREA NORTH AMERICA
MSL PLANT CODE SILAO, MEXICO, GM DE MEXICO
M5U TRANSMISSION AUTO 8 SPD, 8L90
NP5 STEERING WHEEL,LEATHER WRAPPED
NQH TRANSFER CASE ACTIVE, TWO SPEED, PUSH BUTTON CONTROL, ALUM
NT7 EMISSION SYSTEM FEDERAL, TIER 2
N37 STEERING COLUMN,TILT AND TELESCOPING
PDF
PEB
PPA EQUIPMENT ASSIST, OPEN & CLOSE, TAILGATE
QSS TIRE ALL P275/55R20-111S BW TL ST AL2
RC4 TIRE SPARE P265/70R17 SL 113S BW ALS
RD2 WHEEL 20 X 9.0, J, ALUMINUM, DESIGN 2
RUF WHEEL SPARE 17 X 7.5, J, STEEL, DESIGN 1
R4Y TIRE BRAND GOODYEAR
R9N
SAF LOCK SPARE TIRE, HOIST SHAFT
SLM
SLT EQUIPMENT CHEVROLET 'LT' OR GMC 'SLT' SALES PKG
TG5 PLAYER COMPACT DISC AND MP3
TQ5 CONTROL INTELLIGENT HIGH BEAM
T3U LAMP FRT FOG,ECE
UDD DISPLAY INSTRUMENT DRIVER INFO ENHANCED (MULTI COLOR GRAPHIC)
UD5 SENSOR INDICATOR PARKING ASSIST
UEU PROVISIONS EXHAUST PYROMETER-PROBE
UE1 COMMUNICATION SYSTEM VEHICLE, G.P.S. 1
UF2 LAMP,CARGO
UG1 OPENER GARAGE DOOR, UNIVERSAL
UHX SENSOR INDICATOR LANE KEEP ASSIST
UJM TIRE PRESS INDICATOR MANUAL LEARN
UK3 CONTROL STEERING WHEEL,ACCESSORY
UMN SPEEDOMETER INST, MILES & KILO, MILES ODOMETER
UQA SPEAKER SYSTEM PREMIUM PERFORMANCE ENHANCED AUDIO
UTJ THEFT DETERENT ELECTRICAL, UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY
UVC CAMERA REAR VIEW
UVD SWITCH STEERING WHEEL, HEATED
U2K DIGITAL AUDIO SYSTEM S-BAND
U2L DIGITAL AUDIO SYSTEM L-BAND
U73 ANTENNA,FIXED
VAV ACCESSORY FLOOR MATS - ALL WEATHER
VHM PROTECTOR TAIL LAMP, PAINTED
VJH BUMPER RR CHROME
VK3 LICENSE PLATE,FRONT MOUNTING PACKAGE
VRK VALUE ADDED ASM ROOF TRIM
VT7 OWNERS MANUAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE
VV4 COMMUNICATION EQUIP MOBILE INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
V22 GRILLE,RADIATOR(CHROME)
V46 BUMPER,FRONT(CHROME)
V76 HOOK,FRONT TOW
V8D VEHICLE STATEMENT US
WMG
XL7 FREQUENCIES RATING 315 MHZ
X88 CONVERSION CHEVROLET
YE9 CONVENIENCE PKG COMFORT & DECOR LEVEL #3
YM8 IDENTIFICATION LIMITED PERSONALIZATION OPTION /LPO
Y86 CAMARO 'RS' PACKAGE(MERCHANDISING OPTION)
ZY1 Color Combination – Solid
Z60 CHASSIS HIGH PERFORMANCE PACKAGE
Z82 TRAILERING PACKAGE(SPECIAL)(REESE TYPE HITCH)
1LZ PACKAGE LZ OPTION 1
1SZ PACKAGE OPTION
4AA INTERIOR TRIM JET BLACK
6XD SPRING COMPTR SELECT FRT LH
7XD SPRING COMPTR SELECT FRT RH
8X2 COMPONENT RR LH NON-COMPUTER SEL SUSP
9X2 COMPONENT RR RH NON-COMPUTER SEL SUSP
BC/CC

U 409Y
H3B INTERIOR TRIM CONFIG LEATHER VAR 1, LEVEL 3, JET BLACK
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Re: 2016 5.3 8-speed Towing Capacity Questions

Postby 19trax95 » Sep 09 2019, 1:29am

The G80 is a locking diff. Not a positrac.

As for your ratings, look at the sticker on your door jam and look at your gross weight rating, and gross combined weight rating (GVRW and GCVWR).

If you take the gross weight rating and subtract the weight of the truck, you have your payload capacity.

If you take the gross combined rating, and subtract the weight of the truck, you get the most you can tow.

Keep in mind you need to factor BOTH of these ratings into how much you can tow. The 1500s will very often run out of payload before you run out of max combined (trailer) weight.
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Re: 2016 5.3 8-speed Towing Capacity Questions

Postby roorancher » Sep 09 2019, 1:32am

There should be a sticker on the drivers side "B" pillar at the bottom when you open the driver's door. The info your looking for should be there.
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Re: 2016 5.3 8-speed Towing Capacity Questions

Postby GBSierraSLE » Sep 09 2019, 2:05am

Don't forget to include passengers, fuel, and stuff carried in the truck (in the cab and bed) when calculating your available payload. It can add-up in a hurry.
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Re: 2016 5.3 8-speed Towing Capacity Questions

Postby 660catman » Sep 09 2019, 2:39am

And don’t forget to add weight of any aftermarket accessories you add on the truck. Even LT rated tires can be much heavier than your factory P rated ones. I lost 200lb capacity because of what I added.


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Re: 2016 5.3 8-speed Towing Capacity Questions

Postby joes74challenger [OP] » Sep 09 2019, 7:02pm

Ok so on the inside of the door i found this sticker. which would line up with what the rpo codes are saying. But from what i understand the max weight the truck can hold over the axels is 7200 lbs, thats not what the truck actually weighs (im guessing 4500 pounds before the nerf bars and wheels/tires I’m putting on soon). Anyone know a ballpark figure for weight on a ltz 5.3 8 speed crew cab 4x4 short bed?

With that being said the tires im looking at are the Cooper Discover A/T with a 117 load rating (2833 pounds x4= 11,332) so i think that selection will be fine. The rims im going to are kmc rockstar 2 which i believe are aluminum so weight gain should be at a minimum.

It just confuses me how the industry doesnt plainly state these are the numbers you need to know: you can have this much cargo/weight including people, you can tow this much trailer. Nice and simple, no confusion lol

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Re: 2016 5.3 8-speed Towing Capacity Questions

Postby GBSierraSLE » Sep 09 2019, 8:50pm

My '13 SLE Ext Cab, 5.3, 4x4 weighs about 5,100 lbs from the factory.

Correction: My truck weighs 5,400, not including bigger tires, add-ons, etc.
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Re: 2016 5.3 8-speed Towing Capacity Questions

Postby 660catman » Sep 09 2019, 10:32pm

There’s another yellow sticker on post with load information. It will have payload capacity. GVW minus payload will give you weight of your truck. My truck weighs in at exactly 5667 lbs which my original payload of 1531 was reduced to 1333 due to accessories and tires added after. I took mine to a scale to weigh it.


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Re: 2016 5.3 8-speed Towing Capacity Questions

Postby joes74challenger [OP] » Sep 10 2019, 1:12pm

I feel the 5667 lbs 660catman reported seems pretty realistic. i did receive an official build sheet from GM (Kudos for that 24 hour turnaround time!). see attachment which also confirmed the auto locker rear end reported by 19trax95 (i found a youtube video on how that works i'll be watching later today).

the weird thing is they report on the official build sheet that the Gross Vehicle Weight: 3,269, seems pretty low and in the realm of chevy cruze weight, so i'm not sure where they got that number (unless it was a 2 door shortbox 2wd with no box and wheels and motor/trans lol). i need to look for that yellow sticker today for more details (although i swear it wasn't any other stickers when i looked the other day).

thanks everyone for the input, i'm getting there slowly. i will probably just end up finding the local scale (might try the compost site scale and see if they only charge a dollar as they go based on weight).
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2016 5.3 8-speed Towing Capacity Questions

Postby 660catman » Sep 10 2019, 1:30pm

The 3269 is kilograms. Your sticker says 3266 kgs. Accessories added to my truck were LT tires. Research told me my 18” tires are 12lbs heavier each. HD thick rubber mud flaps and floor mats front and back. OEM steps, bed rails, bedliner, tonneau cover, OEM tow mirrors, Hellwig rear helper springs. It all adds up quickly.
Other sticker on mine is on the centre post, left side.

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