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Old 07-09-2014, 03:24 PM   #1
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Towing 2904SS with silverado 1500

I am towing a Rockwood 2904SS with a 2011 Silverado 1500. It has the 5.3L V8 and HD tow package. Have only towed it home from the dealers so far and it did real well. Plenty of power and handling was just fine. Has anyone else had experience towing the trailer with the Silverado? Some people claim that this trailer is not to be towed with a 1/2 ton truck. Empty weight of the trailer id just at 6,000 lbs. and the truck is rated for 9,500 lbs.
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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What is the tongue weight of the trailer? 650 lbs I guess.

What is the ccc of your pickup?

Look at the tire info sticker on the door jamb.

In a half ton pickup you run out of ccc or "cargo carrying capacity" way before you run out of towing capacity.

One question tho....
Why did you buy the trailer first then ask if its ok to tow it with your current setup?
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:03 PM   #3
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Oh and you can add another 1500 lbs to that dry weight for dealer and user added items.

As far as the ccc you need to subtract from that number these.
1) camper tongue weight. "560" lbs dry more like "660" lbs loaded

2) weight of ball hitch, weight distribution system and sway system.

3) weight of all passengers excluding you

4) weight of any pets

5) weight of any additional items carried in the cab or bed
IE: wood bikes coolers etc etc
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:53 PM   #4
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You are fine with that weight. GM under rates towing on all the trucks. Im a shop foreman at a GM dealer and have worked on them for 20+ years. You are fine.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:08 PM   #5
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Towing 2904SS

While looking at the trailer I checked the tow rating for the truck in the owners book. Also asked the dealer to run a check and they came up with the same numbers I did. If the book is right, 9500 is what it should handle. It seemed good to go at the time. The tongue weight is 550 emptty weight. I would think 650 or 700 with every thing in it. I use a Reese equalizing hitch with 1000 lb bars.
On another forum, I saw a post that stated a 1/2 ton truck should never tow a trailer of this size. That is why I posted the question.
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While looking at the trailer I checked the tow rating for the truck in the owners book. Also asked the dealer to run a check and they came up with the same numbers I did. If the book is right, 9500 is what it should handle. It seemed good to go at the time. The tongue weight is 550 emptty weight. I would think 650 or 700 with every thing in it. I use a Reese equalizing hitch with 1000 lb bars.

On another forum, I saw a post that stated a 1/2 ton truck should never tow a trailer of this size. That is why I posted the question.


I can't imagine not being able to handle that tongue weight unless you have things loaded to the gills.


There are plenty of folks that think a 1/2 ton can't tow a scooter...


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