Originally Posted by ryand
Going to stick with my gut on this and say this was a set up failure. Don't have enough info to assume the truck is too small. It may very well be within the numbers. I keep looking at the missing hitch bar and the missing pin on the wd bar as a factor in the crash...of course this is the only info we have based on the photos.
The GM website states that with certain engine/gearing combinations of this truck, you can pull 9600# with it. link here
Just because they say you 'can' does not mean you 'should'. C'mon! 9600# in a half-ton truck? Has the automakers lost their minds? I wouldn't haul 9600# in anything less than a 3/4 ton heavy duty. The margin of safety is so thin you could read an obituary thru it at that point. They don't point out that the advertised towing capacity is all based on a best-case scenario. Add winds, high temps, wet roads, etc and all bets are off.
How many wrecks will be caused because the automakers over-inflate their towing capacities just so they can advertise "BEST IN CLASS TOWING". I find it disgusting.