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Old 01-28-2015, 06:51 PM   #11
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You sure about that 7000 pound rating? My suburban with the 3.42 axle ratio, 4 wheel drive, long wheel base and the K5L heavy duty cooling package, rates it to tow 7900 lbs, GCWR of 14000 lbs. Hard to believe yours is rated lower.

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Old 01-28-2015, 07:01 PM   #12
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For those surprised, here's the 2011 info:

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Old 01-28-2015, 07:03 PM   #13
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My 2009 Silverado owners manual lists 99 (Count'em - NINETY NINE!!) permutations of the 1500 version with towing capacities from 4800 lbs (2WD, Reg Cab, Std box, 4.3L, 3.23 axle) up to 10,700 lbs (2WD, Ext Cab, Std box, 6.8L, 3.73 axle, Max Trailering package). Most of the permutations are in the 7000-9000 lb range. Mine is 7500 lbs.

So when that salesman says "Oh, a 1/2 ton can pull this," or your buddy says, "That's the same truck I have," be VERY VERY CAREFUL.

BTW: It lists 20 permutations for the 2500 (9600-13000 lbs) and 20 permutations for the 3500 (9100-12500 lbs).

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