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Old 08-17-2016, 06:16 PM   #21
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Your GCWR = 9,200 lb statement is wrong.
You are correct. GCRW is 15,000 lbs. (I misread the chart)
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Old 08-17-2016, 06:45 PM   #22
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I have to own up to a Homer moment... D'Oh!

When in doubt, read the manual!

From my manual: HOW TO KEEP YOUR LOAD WITHIN THE CAPABILITIES OF
YOUR VEHICLE: To be sure that your trailering combination is appropriate for your vehicle, you must first obtain the weight of your specific vehicle. (a trip to the scale is in order for weight of vehicle + gas + hitch) You can then subtract the weight of your vehiclefrom the GCWR. The difference between the two is the capacity you have available for your cargo, passengers, trailer, load and any other equipment you might use to set up your
trailer. Put another way, your GCWR should always be greater
than or equal to the weight of your vehicle, passengers, cargo,
trailer (with equipment) and load.

I may be obsessing about this but I want to make sure my loved ones are safe and also that I don't experience any "white knuckle" traveling experiences.

To add to specs that I have already mentioned:
Rear Axle ratio is 3:42, Integrated brake controller, Z82 Trailering Equipment Package, Tranny fluid cooler. Still haven't tracked down GAVWR, have requested that info from my Dealer.

Again, thanks to all who have responded to my request for help. there have been a few links posted that I intend to pursue.

Happy Trails!

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Old 08-20-2016, 03:33 PM   #23
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Okay... So I crunched my numbers today... Just posting in case anyone else can benefit.

From the 2015 Silverado towing guide (specs for my particular vehicle)

"How to keep your load within the capabilities of your vehicle :

GCWR (for me, 15,000 lbs.) minus weight of tow vehicle (for me, truck, hitch and full tank of fuel, 5,930 lbs. from weigh scale) minus weight of water (full tank, about 300lbs. but I usually travel near empty, fill up when I get to to my destination, a 200lb. safety margin) minus weight of passengers (around 370 lbs.) minus weight of cargo (estimated at 500 lbs.)

Thus: 15,000 - 7100= 7900 lb. "dry" weight trailer. Give another 400 lb. safety margin, I think I will be looking at a trailer with a dry weight of around 7500.

Thanks again to all posters for helping me figure this out

If you think I have missed anything, please let me know!

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Old 08-20-2016, 03:49 PM   #24
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Okay... So I crunched my numbers today... Just posting in case anyone else can benefit.

From the 2015 Silverado towing guide (specs for my particular vehicle)

"How to keep your load within the capabilities of your vehicle :

GCWR (for me, 15,000 lbs.) minus weight of tow vehicle (for me, truck, hitch and full tank of fuel, 5,930 lbs. from weigh scale) minus weight of water (full tank, about 300lbs. but I usually travel near empty, fill up when I get to to my destination, a 200lb. safety margin) minus weight of passengers (around 370 lbs.) minus weight of cargo (estimated at 500 lbs.)

Thus: 15,000 - 7100= 7900 lb. "dry" weight trailer. Give another 400 lb. safety margin, I think I will be looking at a trailer with a dry weight of around 7500.

Thanks again to all posters for helping me figure this out

If you think I have missed anything, please let me know!

Norm
You can pull a trailer that size, but it's borderline. I pull my windjammer at 7100 pounds empty with my 2015 silverado z71 double cab. I'd really like to have more truck. When I trade I'll be getting a 3500HD with a 6.6 duramax.

It's surprising how quickly weight adds up in the trailer when you start putting stuff in there.
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:34 PM   #25
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You can pull a trailer that size, but it's borderline. I pull my windjammer at 7100 pounds empty with my 2015 silverado z71 double cab. I'd really like to have more truck. When I trade I'll be getting a 3500HD with a 6.6 duramax.

It's surprising how quickly weight adds up in the trailer when you start putting stuff in there.
Hmm... well... So, based on your experience, what weight trailer (dry) would you consider to be the maximum to be towed comfortably given the specs of my vehicle? I was towing the 1905 Mini-Lite (just under 3000 lbs. dry) with a 4.0L Ranger FX4 (with tow package) rated to tow 5,500 lbs. That set-up seemed quite stable to me, the only problem being a lack of power on grades.
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:41 PM   #26
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I have a 2015 Silverado with the 5.3 and I have no problem towing my 7000# trailer empty weight. With a good 4 point hitch stabilizer you shouldn't have any issue with towing a trailer like mine. Power and torque is plentiful from the 355hp 5.3.
What am I missing here? My hitch is factory installed. will look into 4-point hitch. I am using a trunnion WDH.
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I haven't had a problem with sway.
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Old 08-20-2016, 06:38 PM   #28
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Okay... So I crunched my numbers today... Just posting in case anyone else can benefit.

From the 2015 Silverado towing guide (specs for my particular vehicle)

"How to keep your load within the capabilities of your vehicle :

GCWR (for me, 15,000 lbs.) minus weight of tow vehicle (for me, truck, hitch and full tank of fuel, 5,930 lbs. from weigh scale) minus weight of water (full tank, about 300lbs. but I usually travel near empty, fill up when I get to to my destination, a 200lb. safety margin) minus weight of passengers (around 370 lbs.) minus weight of cargo (estimated at 500 lbs.)

Thus: 15,000 - 7100= 7900 lb. "dry" weight trailer. Give another 400 lb. safety margin, I think I will be looking at a trailer with a dry weight of around 7500.

Thanks again to all posters for helping me figure this out

If you think I have missed anything, please let me know!

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I think the 500 lbs of extra cargo besides passengers is on the high side . i think most of your gear will be in the camper . stay with in the cargo capacity of the tt you buy and keep the cargo capacity of the TV lower
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I think the 500 lbs of extra cargo besides passengers is on the high side . i think most of your gear will be in the camper . stay with in the cargo capacity of the tt you buy and keep the cargo capacity of the TV lower
I estimated my load on the high side in order to give myself some leeway in terms of capacity. It seems that you recommend putting cargo in the trailer rather than in the tow vehicle? Why is that? I like to put stuff in the truck bed under a tonneau so it stays dry and the trailer is less congested.
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I estimated my load on the high side in order to give myself some leeway in terms of capacity. It seems that you recommend putting cargo in the trailer rather than in the tow vehicle? Why is that? I like to put stuff in the truck bed under a tonneau so it stays dry and the trailer is less congested.
you have storage compartments use them . it stays dry in the tt at least you can hope it does . i can see bicycles, chain saws, tools etc in the truck bed . all i carry in my truck bed is tools everything else is in the camper . if you utilize your camper cargo capacity then you lessen the chance of over loading the TV cargo capacity . . so not sure what exactly you store in truck that could not go in TT that would cause it to be congested .
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