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I have a 2017 Silverado 1500 5.3L crew cab.  I do not have the max trailering package.  I am looking at a travel trailer that weighs 7400 lbs dry. Has a hitch weight of 930 lbs.  Fully loaded it would weigh about 9700 lbs. I know I will use a weight distribution hitch. Also looking at helper springs.  What are your thoughts on this setup? Can I safely pull this? Any ideas will be helpful. 

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You said "safely", so you should be looking for a smaller trailer or a bigger truck.

As someone who recently went though this (costly) process theres a ton of factors to consider.

Weights add up fast when you start figuring how much the passengers weigh, all the crap you'll pack, a full gas tank (32 gals = ~200 lbs) and all other extras. Do the math for yourself and dont trust the salespeople.

Theres about 1,000 threads on towing and a magnitude more opinions.

To be safe, just go buy a 3500 duramax dually and get whatever trailer you want. :)

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That is the GVWR.  It should say something like "the total weight of all cargo and occupants should not exceed".  That is the number that will determine how much you can tow.  A lot of folks think it's the tow rating, but 1/2 ton trucks run out of payload long before they hit their tow rating.  

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That is the GVWR.  It should say something like "the total weight of all cargo and occupants should not exceed".  That is the number that will determine how much you can tow.  A lot of folks think it's the tow rating, but 1/2 ton trucks run out of payload long before they hit their tow rating.  
Exactly. Start with that number and start subtracting cargo, passengers, anything you put in the truck and your pin/hitch weight. If you get to negative numbers then you've "exceeded" the capacity.

Looks like this on a 3500 and these numbers are unique to each VIN.f7427e63ceb1162c623660dda226e3c0.jpg

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The trailer towing capacity is 12,500lbs on the 2WD and 11,700lbs one the 4WD with the crew cabs

 

12,500/ 11,800 on the double cabs 

 

9,800/ 9500 on the standard cabs

 

Doesn’t matter 4.3/5.3/6.2, 6spd vs 8spd... or even gear ratio (according to GM)

 

 

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The trailer towing capacity is 12,500lbs on the 2WD and 11,700lbs one the 4WD with the crew cabs

 

12,500/ 11,800 on the double cabs 

 

9,800/ 9500 on the standard cabs

 

Doesn’t matter 4.3/5.3/6.2, 6spd vs 8spd... or even gear ratio (according to GM)

 

 

It definitely matters which engine and transmission combo you have. My 2wd crew cab 5.3 6speed 3.42 gears is rated for like 9400 pounds. Those numbers you gave look like max tow.

 

And to OP, it will say in the manual. Look up your engine and transmission configuration and you will have your answer.

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Here is a link to the 2017 media sheets... Same numbers even with the high county with the NHT max towing capacity that has the 3/4 rear-end and springs 6.2 with 8spd as the 5.3, 6spd ... different GVRW and payload, same trailer towing capacity. 

 


page 6

https://media.gm.com/content/media/us/en/chevrolet/vehicles/silverado/2017/_jcr_content/iconrow/textfile/file.res/2017-Product-Facts-Chevrolet-Silverado-1500-090116.pdf

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