PLEASE READ THE POSTS IN THIS THREAD!
DO NOT RELY ON A TOWING GUIDE'S FIGURES - EVER!
They will only get you close. In the guides my truck can tow 8900 lbs. In reality 6000lbs maxes it out!
The difference is a combo of my specific truck's options and equipment along with cargo - me, the wife, kids, dog, etc.
That 7500lbs assumes NOTHING IS IN THE TRUCK but a 150lb driver and does not count the weight of the hitch. Every pound you put in the truck and the hitch has to be deducted from what it can tow.
READ YOUR OWNERS MANUAL! There is a section on towing in it - READ IT!
Read the stickers on your truck - door frame, glove box, etc. READ THEM!
Get the truck weighed - with the hitch and WD bars on board, full tank of gas, you the wife kids dog firewood clothes food bikes generator - all the 'crap' you take camping in the truck put in the truck when you weight it.
Now take that weight, the weight of the trailer (again, loaded to go) and compare to the GCWR of your individual specific truck.
The total weight rolling down the road should be under that max GCWR from the doorframe of your
truck. Not some towing guide or advertised figure.
Originally Posted by illini trekker
Looked a little harder and found the truck has 3.73 gears. Trailer Life shows pull weight at 7500lb does that sound close. With that guide and its weight rating 7500lb and my dry weight at 6975lb is that to close to put this combination of truck and trailer together? I know Chevy leaves some fudge room in to cover there butt (warranty)? Any members out there with this combo what can I expect when towing?