Silverado towing capacity
My Silverado 1500 4WD extended cab LS, 2005, 4.8 liter V8 supposedly has a towing capacity of a little over 7,000 pounds, according to the dealer at the time I purchased it. In looking over the specs of a new 2010 Silverado that seems almost identical to my current model, the towing cap is listed at 5,500 ("when properly equipped"). Same engine, same rear axle, same everything. No towing package on either one. I just added the class III hitch and tranny cooler to the 2005.
Can any of you Chevy guys figure why there would be this difference in towing capacity? Was I mistakenly given wrong information when I bought the 05, or is there a misprint on the 2010 Chevy site?
The gross weight of my camper is a little over 5,000 pounds and I figure I tow it at about 4,000. I figure I'll be okay with either truck, but I like the safety margin better on the old one. Any ideas? Thanks.
2013 Surveyor SP220
2010 Silverado LT 5.3 V8
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