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Old 09-18-2007, 04:52 PM   #1
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Towing capacity of a Chevy Silverado 1500

Specs say that at Silverado 1500 4x4 has a towing capacity of 7100 to 8100 lbs (depending on the axle ratio).

However, is this specification based off the factory bumper hitch, or a frame-mounted ball hitch?
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Old 09-18-2007, 05:03 PM   #2
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i haven't seen many bumpers that handle more than 2000 lbs.
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Old 09-18-2007, 06:08 PM   #3
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Unless you have the 6.0 Vortex V8, you are in fact right about your towing capacity. Even with a change in axle ratio it would not up the weight that much more.

The 6.0 would give you anywhere from 8500# to #11,000 if outfitted right.

You would have to straighten the frame, possible change out trannys etc.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth.
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... is this specification based off the factory bumper hitch, or a frame-mounted ball hitch?
hi luca and welcome to the forums!

most trucks have 2 'limits' for towing

500/5000 tongue/total is the typical max for bumper/ball towing even on 350/3500 trucks.

the other (higher rating) is with a frame mounted receiver, stinger and w/d gear...

so on the 1500 that 7-8k figure is with a proper frame mounted receiver, w/d gear and so on...

it also doesn't account for ANY payload IN the truck...

this info should be in the truck owners manual.

the bumper capacity is usually stamped somewhere on the bumper near the ball mount.

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Old 09-18-2007, 09:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help! I will look at the bumper for a spec. I'm getting a 18' trailer, but I should probably get the frame hitch anyways. Coffee with the boss tomorrow morning to try to convince him to pay for the truck modifications!
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:39 PM   #6
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i haven't seen many bumpers that handle more than 2000 lbs.
Ricky,

Perhaps you should look at more bumpers....the bumper on my '04 Dodge pickup is clearly labeled 5000 lbs gross trailer weight, 500 lbs max tongue weight.

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Old 09-26-2007, 04:03 PM   #7
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...Perhaps you should look at more bumpers....the bumper on my '04 Dodge pickup ...
Why look at a Dodge when you can look at a GMC product?

Just kidding. I've noticed the trend nowadays is to have aesthetically-pleasing bumpers with low load ratings AND a factory installed receiver hitch to handle the tough stuff.

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This is the first I've seen teaming up tow vehicles. Tow capacity must be about 25,000 pounds, eh?
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... Tow capacity must be about 25,000 pounds, eh?
Yes - That picture details how I helped John HD move his Airstream after the Miller had been loaded...

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Hello there Bob ,

That looks like a 284 berkshire and a 4 8 4 northern ,what great iconic pieces of 20th century machinery .you know Timkin bearing co went to the locomotive manafacturers in the early days and got the Pennsy line to go for the new timkin tapered roller bearings in some of there steam locomotives
with great success ,they were nervouse to embrace the new bearing technology ,the original babbit bearings gave limited service compared to the hundreds of miles more the timkins could go before a refit .

Sorry off topic ,but interesting I think .

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Just kidding. I've noticed the trend nowadays is to have aesthetically-pleasing bumpers with low load ratings AND a factory installed receiver hitch to handle the tough stuff.

Tom
The bumper on the 97 F250 I just got is supposed to be rated at 1,000 lb on the hitch and 10,000 towing. It is a mighty chunk of metal, I believe it.
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.....Sorry off topic ,but interesting I think .

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Not at all Scott! 'off topic' is my middle name. You spin an interesting story ... from experience no doubt. Thanks
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