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Old 09-11-2011, 09:20 AM   #11
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:58 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by lbrjet View Post
Your max trailer weight is not 9,600 lbs. It is going to be the GCWR - (vehicle weight + the weight of all passengers and cargo). The GVWR can not exceed the vehicle weight + the weight of all passengers and cargo + the tongue weight of the trailer.

These are the numbers you need to be concerned about when choosing a trailer.
OK, Let's see if my math is right with the size hauler I am wanting. Please, Please, Please, let me know what I am leaving out or what numbers I may be off base with.

According to the owners manual my truck's configuration the maximum trailer weight is 9,600#, Curb weight is 5,368, GVWR 7,000# and the GCWR is 15,000#.

The toy hauler on my mind has a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating): 7876 and UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight) as equipped: 5972.

I am figuring the toys, food and gear should be no more than 1,125 (2 sportbikes 875# and 100# for clothing and gear, 150# food and water) that comes out to about 7,100 so looks like I am 2500# under the towing capacity.

Curb weight of vehicle is 5,368#and with 600 lbs of passengers and another 200 lbs of gear and fuel I would be around 6,200# that's 1,600# under the max. (not sure how much the tongue weight will add).

7,100# (loaded hauler) + 6,200# (vehicle with passengers)= 13,300# riding down the road. This sounds like a lot of weight, but it seems like the silverado can handle it, I dont know

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Old 09-11-2011, 11:11 AM   #13
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Sounds like plenty of room to me!
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:40 AM   #14
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IMO you will be unhappy if you regularly tow over 5,000 with the specifications on your truck; especially if it is at all hilly/mountainous where you live. Good luck on your choice of trailer and have fun.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:42 AM   #15
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Sounds like you will be well within limits

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