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Actual tongue rating for the class V hitch on the 2500HD

Actual tongue rating for the class V hitch on the 2500HD

Postby ghillie [OP] » Jan 12 2020, 3:07pm

The manual says the truck is rated at 14,400 towing capacity and a tongue weight of 1450, (10%) of the towing weight.

My rub with the 1450 tongue weight rating is it may not actually be what it is capable of, but only what is parroted in the industry, the 10% of the towing capacity. The genesis of this 10% amount is what you should carry on your hitch as a starting point for reduction of sway and proper handling.

I can't find a tag or a stamping on the hitch receiver on the truck to find out if they give the true weight capability.

This is an issue for me as our RV's GVW is well below the truck's towing capacity at 10,900lbs, we typically are running 10,200ish fully loaded. But this RV is tongue heavy, and loaded we are carrying 1500-1600 pounds on the tongue. This has been verified by both with a tongue scale and at Cat scales. So using the 10% factor I'm over the tongue rating, but I may not be, as many class V hitches are rated north of that figure.

If I can avoid it, I would rather not spend the money on a new Class V hitch, like the one made by Curt Mfg which is rated at 2700lbs tongue weight. That will fix the problem but I would rather keep the $400.00 for the receiver in my pocket.

So, does anyone know for sure what the factory receiver is rated at on a late model 2500HD?
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Re: Actual tongue rating for the class V hitch on the 2500HD

Postby 19trax95 » Jan 12 2020, 3:20pm

The sticker is still on my 15s factory hitch. I'll look and post a pic of it
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Re: Actual tongue rating for the class V hitch on the 2500HD

Postby roorancher » Jan 12 2020, 3:21pm

I'm sure guys here who have expertise more than I will chime in and can give a more in depth explanation, but I think you're out of luck.
GM will tell you that you have to use what's in the manual, for all kinds of reasons. And, if in the event you have an accident, and you've exceeded the manufacturers tongue weight recommendations, you've opened yourself up to all kinds of liability issues.
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Re: Actual tongue rating for the class V hitch on the 2500HD

Postby ghillie [OP] » Jan 12 2020, 3:47pm

19trax95 wrote:The sticker is still on my 15s factory hitch. I'll look and post a pic of it


Thanks for checking!
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Re: Actual tongue rating for the class V hitch on the 2500HD

Postby ghillie [OP] » Jan 12 2020, 3:50pm

So looking at a Chevrolet document, I found the below circled info. It would appear to me as I read it, the max tongue weight the factory receiver can take is 2000lbs.

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Re: Actual tongue rating for the class V hitch on the 2500HD

Postby 19trax95 » Jan 12 2020, 5:36pm

This is the sticker on my 2015 2500HD. Shows 1500lbs max tongue weight and 13,000 max trailer. The truck is rated 13,500 towing as per the owners manual. So even the factory hitch is rated lower than the GM max listed in their manual. Granted only by 500lbs in my case Image
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Re: Actual tongue rating for the class V hitch on the 2500HD

Postby ghillie [OP] » Jan 12 2020, 5:55pm

19trax95 wrote:This is the sticker on my 2015 2500HD. Shows 1500lbs max tongue weight and 13,000 max trailer. The truck is rated 13,500 towing as per the owners manual. So even the factory hitch is rated lower than the GM max listed in their manual. Granted only by 500lbs in my case Image


Thanks for taking the time to post it! I wonder what happened to my tag? Hmmmm? I will give it another peek. If I can't find the tag on mine I will likely go with the document from Chevy. It says 10-15% of tow weight or a max of 2000lbs. I believe 2000lbs is the physical limits of the hitch, which is my concern. At 2000lbs max limit and a hitch weight of 1500-1600lbs and then with a WDH I'm confident I won't be exceeding the limits of the hitch to deal with my tongue weight.

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Re: Actual tongue rating for the class V hitch on the 2500HD

Postby adam86107 » Jan 12 2020, 5:58pm

Unless they started using a different hitch the 2500HD hitches were rated at 1500 lb TW for a long time.
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Re: Actual tongue rating for the class V hitch on the 2500HD

Postby 19trax95 » Jan 12 2020, 6:08pm

These hitches are junk anyway. They rust easy as evident by mine and are made of thin tube steel.

They HD trucks are much better hitch wise than the 1500s are, but still not what I'd consider a seriously heavy duty hitch.
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