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Old 06-18-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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Towing Capacity

In another post I mentioned the upcoming purchase of a friends truck. Today I gathered most of the information I could to check towing capacities and never found those numbers. Attached is an image of the specs. Can I assume this 2011 Sierra 1500 4wd extended cab pickup has what I need to pull my 4000 lb
21FBRS TT?
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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Yes imho there shouldnt be an issue towing a 4000# trailer with a 4x4 with a 5.3 liter. I towed our 5900 lb trailer (empty) with a 2wd dodge ram with a 4.7 liter v6 without issues. I now use a dodge ram 4x4 with a 5.7 hemi. Both trucks were company supplied.
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You specifically want to find the two stickers on the doorjamb that tell you:

#1- GVWR and GAWR for front and read
#2 - the amount of pounds the truck can carry in the form of passengers and cargo

Usually with 1/2-ton trucks, you run out of payload (#2) capacity with driver, passengers, pets and stuff in the truck bed long before you hit your maximum towing capacity (only possible if it's a stock truck and *nothing* but a 150-pound driver in it).
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:10 PM   #4
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Most likely the answer is yes unless you have a big family or carry a lot in the truck bed. Here's how to find out:
What can I tow?
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:18 PM   #5
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If you go to the GMC web site you can go to a section which allows you to pick your truck size (1500, 2500, etc) and then your configuration (extended cab, crew cab, etc.) and then your engine choices. You can then do a comparison of two or three. It will give you all the towing specs. you need (pin/load, gross trailer capacity, etc.)
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:09 AM   #6
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You specifically want to find the two stickers on the doorjamb that tell you:

#1- GVWR and GAWR for front and read
#2 - the amount of pounds the truck can carry in the form of passengers and cargo

Usually with 1/2-ton trucks, you run out of payload (#2) capacity with driver, passengers, pets and stuff in the truck bed long before you hit your maximum towing capacity (only possible if it's a stock truck and *nothing* but a 150-pound driver in it).
Here is that sticker.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:58 AM   #7
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with the 5.3, the HD trailering package and the 6 speed trans, you'll have no problem towing that trailer.
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I would imagine that truck is rated well enough to tow the 21FBRS. I have the 21FBRS and am towing it with a Ford F-150 2wd supercab with the 4.6L v8 and it does just find. Can be tough to pick up speed up hill, but that goes with most towing I think.
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Here is that sticker.
Check your tires.
I think they might be great for "show" but not for "tow"
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It appears the gvrw is 7,000#'s. I weighed the truck this morning and it weighs 5,400 with half a tank of gas. So if I add 400 for driver and passenger, 100 for full fuel, 716 (thats 15% of tt gvwr of 4777) , I'm at 6616 lbs.
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