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Old 10-28-2010, 02:24 PM   #1
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Will My Truck Pull This?

Hi All,
I hope you can help me start out right.

I own a 2009 Silverado LT with the trailering package, and GM tells me it is rated for only 5200 lb towing capacity.
I have been looking at the new Surveyors and am confused over dry weight and actual weight.
I would like a trailer with a slide out and enough room for myself, my wife and our german shepherd.
I will be towing from Ontario to Florida on I-75 each year.

Can anyone please give me some recommendations of the largest surveyor trailer I can safely pull?

Many Thanks in Advance
dwwoodsy
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Old 10-28-2010, 02:34 PM   #2
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is the 5200 lb capacity listed in your owners manual? I have a 2000 F150 and pull a 7000lb trailer with no problem using a Weight dist hitch w/ sway control and trailer brakes.

I would think a 2009 siverado with tow package would have no problem pulling a 5200 lb camper, your silverado owners manual should give you all the info you need.
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:23 PM   #3
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My truck is a 2009 Silverado LS 1500 Cre Cab 4WD.
I have a 4.8L V8 with 4 spd Auto With tow/haul mode.
Also added H.D. trailering package including z85 handling/trailering suspension and locking r. diff.
GVWR:3175KG (7000LB). Rear Axle -3.42

I contacted GM customer care and they told me the most I could pull was 5200 LB. They said I would need a larger engine and different ratio if I wanted to pull more than that.

I was looking at an SV291 that has a dry weight of 4490LB or the sv264 with a dry weight of 4179 LB. The problem is, I don't know if the weight on the dealer's lot is higher and if I can pull these trailers through the mountains in Tennessee.
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:36 PM   #4
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Yeah, the small V-8 and mostly your axle ratio are working against you. The best bet is to look at the actual weight sticker in the trailer as it leaves the factory. But I'm guessing that you are researching on the web right now. The dry weights listed may be "correct" but misleading. They typically don't include the interior and exterior option packages which nearly every trailer comes with. That will add another 500 pounds. Then consider that you will add propane, battery, and your personal items such as food, clothing, accessories (hitch, water, electric, waste disposal, chocks, tools, etc.). Also you may very well have to tow with full black and grey tanks occasionally. We have stayed in numerous campgrounds that do not have a dump site. 30 gallons of black and 30 gallons of grey will add another 500 pounds. And you may have some water left in your fresh tank. SO, add dry weight, plus 500 for options, plus 500 for personal items, and then the fluid weight in your tanks. It really starts to add up. About 1,500 pounds over your dry weight. Hope that helps.
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Another thought, and people differ on this. You probably don't want to go over 80% of your maximum tow capacity if you are traveling any significant distance or will be in curvy, mountainous territory. That doesn't leave you with a lot of capacity; maybe 4,000 to 4,500 pounds. You might be able to approach 5,000 pounds if your trips are local. Your frame/suspension etc. will handle the weight but your engine/trans/axle configuration are probably the bigger issue.
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:53 PM   #6
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Hi All,
I hope you can help me start out right.

I own a 2009 Silverado LT with the trailering package, and GM tells me it is rated for only 5200 lb towing capacity.
I have been looking at the new Surveyors and am confused over dry weight and actual weight.
I would like a trailer with a slide out and enough room for myself, my wife and our german shepherd.
I will be towing from Ontario to Florida on I-75 each year.

Can anyone please give me some recommendations of the largest surveyor trailer I can safely pull?

Many Thanks in Advance
dwwoodsy

Look in the back of your manual, you need to know the body style, engine, rear axle, two wheel or four wheel drive, standard 1/2 ton or heavy duty 1/2ton and the tranmisson. The other thing you can do is get the VIN number and call the parts department at a any GM dealer ask them what your tow capacity is and give them the VIN number. The VIN tells you every thing from the drive train to the color of your truck and what it can tow.

I have a 2008 heavy duty 1/2 ton extened cab 4x4, 6.0 L engine, 4:10 rear/with a heavy duty tow package and a 4-speed heavy duty tranmission. I am rated for 10,500 lbs.
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Thanks for the info. It is really helpful. I guess I should have done my research before I purchased the truck.
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:13 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info. It is really helpful. I guess I should have done my research before I purchased the truck.
You know this is Chevy truck month and if you find that your 2009 is not what you need, wait til the day before Halloween you will get a good deal, remember Halloween is on Sunday and the dealer is closed. good luck with your research, you should be OK. The drive train in the new ones are different then what I have, like a 6 speed automatic transmission., but I don't think you can get a 4:10 rear in a 1/2 ton any more, only in a 3/4 ton.
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My F-150 has a tow rating of 6,000 Lbs and I am towing an SV-291. The actual empty weight according to the sticker on the trailer affixed at the factory is 4,880 Lbs. Too much for your Sierra I am afraid.

I know I should really get something with a higher tow rating but it is not in the cards, and F-150 is doing the job if I baby it in hills.
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:44 PM   #10
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dwwoodsy, I have the sister ship to the SV264.....the SV 263......same dimensions, but different floor plan.. I know the figures won't be exactly the same, but they should be close.

The listed dry weight in the brochure for my camper was 4139 lbs.

After options, full propane tanks, and a battery, the weight coming across the scales on the trip from picking it up at the dealer was 4760 lbs.

Ready to camp with empty dump tanks and 1/4 tank of fresh water I am right at 5500 lbs.

Just thought you might be able to use that as a comparison.
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