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Old 08-17-2016, 04:10 PM   #1
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Towing rating on Chevy Silverado

I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado with a tow rating of 4900 pounds. When I subtract people and cargo weight my tow capacity is 4500 pounds. I am looking at purchasing a travel trailer with an empty weight of 3910 pounds. I do not have a transmission cooler. Will IO have issues towing this trailer even though I will not exceed 4500 pounds?
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Old 08-17-2016, 06:35 PM   #2
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Sounds like your Chevy doesn't have the factory tow package and it has a v-6 engine.

Also need more info:
Payload capacity
Rear end ratio
Engine size
What make and model of trailer are you looking at.?

And is the 3910 number from the trailer's yellow weight sticker or from brochure/website bogus numbers?
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My Chevy doesn't have the factory tow package

Payload capacity:1554#
Rear end ratio:3.42
Engine size :4.6 L V6
What make and model of trailer are you looking at.? 2016 Coachman Freedom Express, 192 RBS

And is the 3910 number from the trailer's yellow weight sticker or from brochure/website bogus numbers? 3910# comes from subtracting maximum cargo (1990#) from GVWR (5900#). Trailer yellow sticker didn't have actual trailer weight printed on it.

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You could probably tow a pop-up camper. Even a small TT with the height would be a challenge with that vehicle.
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Old 08-17-2016, 10:24 PM   #5
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You could probably tow a pop-up camper. Even a small TT with the height would be a challenge with that vehicle.
Yep, not nearly enough engine
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I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado with a tow rating of 4900 pounds. When I subtract people and cargo weight my tow capacity is 4500 pounds. I am looking at purchasing a travel trailer with an empty weight of 3910 pounds.
You don't subtract people and cargo from your Tow Rating. Your Tow Rating is the max allowable weight of the travel trailer when fully loaded with cargo and water. You subtract people, cargo and tongue weight from your Tow Vehicle's available Cargo Capacity ensuring you don't exceed it. Larry G.
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That trailer will will be closer to 4400lbs when it leaves the factory and you add a battery.

NO trailer weighs its dry weight when it leaves the factory.
That number is for a stripped down version of the trailer.
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You don't subtract people and cargo from your Tow Rating. Your Tow Rating is the max allowable weight of the travel trailer when fully loaded with cargo and water. You subtract people, cargo and tongue weight from your Tow Vehicle's available Cargo Capacity ensuring you don't exceed it. Larry G.
The RVSEF (RV Safety and Education Foundation) that has been weighing RVs since the 1993 disagrees with you and the you do subtract people and cargo from the tow ratings. Here is their training video explain how to match a truck to RV and how to figure your tow capacity ratings.

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GVWR for that trailer is 5900 lbs per the website below. That's the number you should be figuring with. Dry weight is a scam; it doesn't mean squat. The hitch weight is listed at 392 lbs, but I'm guessing that is dry also. Hitch weight should be 10-15% of total weight, so I'd figure it's really going to be 590 - 885 lbs.

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[QUOTE=CWSWine;1293073]The RVSEF (RV Safety and Education Foundation) that has been weighing RVs since the 1993 disagrees with you and the you do subtract people and cargo from the tow ratings. Here is their training video explain how to match a truck to RV and how to figure your tow capacity ratings.


Please tell me where I’m wrong. A truck has a GVWR. The combined truck’s Curb Weight, Cargo and Passengers cannot exceed the truck’s GVWR. A truck’s Tow Rating (Max Towing, Towing Capacity) is the allowable weight for a fully loaded towed vehicle. While in the video he’s backing out the weight of the passengers and cargo on a graphic showing both the GVWR and GCWR but not the tow rating as the OP asked about. He left everything left over as what the truck can tow. However, it’s my understanding that most trucks have a listed Tow Rating. In my case, my Tow Rating and GVWR equals my GCWR. My comment to the OP was based on information listed (on his door stickers and charts) for his truck to indicate that passengers and cargo in the truck determines if the truck exceeds the listed Cargo Capacity and GVWR, not necessarily to determine Tow Rating. If you go by the video, it suggests that you can exceed your listed Tow Rating if you do not max out your GVWR. I personally would suggest against advising someone to exceed any of their listed weights limits. Larry G.
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