Chevrolet Silverado Trailering and Towing
When it comes to towing, you need a truck that you know you can trust, and the Chevy Silverado family of pickups is the right selection for the job. Depending on what you’re looking for, the Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 come with their own sets of capabilities, features, and benefits, especially when it comes to trailering and towing. All you have to do is find the pickup truck that suits your lifestyle the best, whether you’re looking to tow camping equipment for a weekend away or doing some heavy-duty lifting.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a maximum tow rating of up to 12,500 lbs. when equipped with the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8. This is enough to haul dirt bikes, a small camper, or about two off-road vehicles. The Silverado 1500 is your best choice if you like to vacation solo or with a friend.
With a towing rating of up to 18,100 lbs., the Silverado 2500 HD has a bit more wiggle room for work when equipped with the Duramax turbo-diesel option. This allows you to bring along something larger like a powerboat, or if you’re doing work, the 2500 HD can accommodate a horse trailer.
The Silverado 3500 HD is the king of the road when it comes to towing with a capacity of 23,000 lbs. when equipped with the Duramax Turbo V8. If you’re looking to bring along a camper for a family weekend away, this is the truck you should be looking at.
Trailering and Towing Basics
It’s not enough to know about how much towing capacity you want from your Chevrolet Silverado truck. There’s a number of different aspects of towing and hauling that you should take into account when making your selection. Here are just a few of those criteria.
The weight of an entirely empty vehicle, but with fuel.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR):
The actual weight of your truck and its contents, including a full tank of gas and occupants.
Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR):
The weight of your truck added to the weight of your fully-loaded trailer.
Gross Trailer Weight:
The weight of your trailer.
Trailer Tongue Weight:
For a safer driving experience, it’s better to put a weight on the trailer tongue to keep it balanced, but this weight differs depending on the vehicle.
A comparison between driveshaft revolutions and rear axle revolutions per minute; oftentimes you have to determine the most efficient ratio based on factors like frequency and the amount of weight being towed.
When you’re looking for the right pickup truck, taking this little bit of math into account goes a long way. It’s important to pick the perfect truck for the job. If you’re still confused, why not head over to us at Carter Chevrolet? We can talk you through the process in person.
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