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Towing capacity and Payload

Re: Towing capacity and Payload

Postby MacQ » Jan 13 2021, 1:47am

Try this site for a "build sheet.
https://chevroletforum.com/forum/vindecoder.php?vin

The payload will be the vehicle's Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) minus the Curb Weight
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Re: Towing capacity and Payload

Postby RW2516S [OP] » Jan 13 2021, 8:23pm

Thank you very much for the link, I really appreciate it. Very detailed information which is what I was looking for.

Front curb weight (2616) + rear curb weight (1845) for a total of 4461 curb weight. GVWR (6600) - curb weight (4461) = 2139 payload
Max trailer weight w WDH = 9100
Max tongue weight w WHD = 1000
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Re: Towing capacity and Payload

Postby MacQ » Jan 13 2021, 9:00pm

Now, you need to find the item called Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR). That weight is what you can legally be on the highway with your truck and trailer loaded. Very important here.

If I were to tow the max trailer weight with my truck, I would be about 60 lbs over my GCWR the moment my fat ass got into the truck.

Good rule of thumb to follow: Only tow 66-70% of what your maximum tow capacity is. In your case, 6000-6370 lbs.
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Re: Towing capacity and Payload

Postby RW2516S [OP] » Jan 13 2021, 10:36pm

GCWR = 13,000
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Re: Towing capacity and Payload

Postby GBSierraSLE » Jan 13 2021, 10:53pm

MacQ wrote:Good rule of thumb to follow: Only tow 66-70% of what your maximum tow capacity is. In your case, 6000-6370 lbs.


^^^^ This. I would not go over 6,500 lbs.
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Re: Towing capacity and Payload

Postby MacQ » Jan 13 2021, 11:03pm

RW2516S wrote:GCWR = 13,000


Excellent. Sticking to that rule of thumb I gave you for how much you should tow, you should not experience any problems (like your truck performing like a gutless pig).

Do remember, that payload will include the tongue weight of the trailer, hitch weight, passengers, and anything else in the cab or bed.
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Re: Towing capacity and Payload

Postby RW2516S [OP] » Jan 15 2021, 5:19pm

How would all of this relate to flat-towing a 2013 Jeep Wrangler (JK)? The weight of the Jeep is around 4K. I'd rather not have to buy a trailer. We don't do the type off-roading where the Jeep could get damaged and we would need a trailer to get it home.
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Re: Towing capacity and Payload

Postby 660catman660catman is online! » Jan 15 2021, 5:34pm

Flat towing will not affect payload. It will tow it, however you will have 4K pounds behind you without any brakes.


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Re: Towing capacity and Payload

Postby RW2516S [OP] » Jan 15 2021, 5:39pm

Good point.
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Re: Towing capacity and Payload

Postby CKNSLS » Jan 15 2021, 6:27pm

GBSierraSLE wrote:
MacQ wrote:Good rule of thumb to follow: Only tow 66-70% of what your maximum tow capacity is. In your case, 6000-6370 lbs.


^^^^ This. I would not go over 6,500 lbs.


With the half-tons personally I tow 5,000 pounds and I think this is the sweet spot for these trucks. JMHO. I have towed all over the Rocky Mountain West and to the East Coast and back.
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