Chevy Towing Capacity and Trailering

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Which Chevy is best for towing?

Whether you opt for the new midsize Chevy Colorado, light-duty Chevy Silverado 1500, or the heavy-duty Chevy Silverado 2500 HD or Silverado 3500 HD for sale, Chevrolet trucks are built to tow. Trailering is a way of life in South Dakota and Chevy pickup trucks can meet nearly any demand, from pulling your boat to Lake Mitchell to hauling hay bales to trailering a horse out to the Davison County 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

Join the team at Vern Eide GM as we explore Chevrolet trailering, the towing capacity of Chevy trucks, and more.

Chevy Trailering Guide

Towing Glossary


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Curb Weight

Curb weight, also known as vehicle weight, is the mass of a Chevy truck without the driver or payload—just fuel, oil, coolant, and standard equipment.

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Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) includes the Chevy truck, its contents, passengers, and fuel.

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Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR)

The gross combined weight rating (GCWR) means the maximum weight of both your Chevy truck and all of its contents, as well as the trailer and everything loaded in it.

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Axle Ratio

The axle ratio is the relationship between your Chevy truck’s driveshaft revolutions per minute and the rear axle’s revolutions per minute. The frequency and weight being hauled will determine the most efficient and powerful ratio for your truck.

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Trailer Tongue Weight

The trailer tongue weight is the amount of mass put on your truck’s trailer tongue to keep it balanced for safe driving.

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Gross Trailer Weight

The gross trailer weight is simply the mass of a trailer and its contents.

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5th-Wheel and Gooseneck Hitches

Gooseneck and 5th-wheel hitches are designed for heavy towing, generally used with horse trailers, travel trailers, and other large trailers. These types of hitches are located in the bed of the truck and they position a trailer’s kingpin weight over (or slightly in front of) the truck’s rear axle.

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Trailer Weight Rating

Subtract the truck’s curb weight from the gross combination weight rating (GCWR) and you have the trailer weight rating. Base vehicle weight plus 150 pounds each for the driver and a front passenger is used so additional occupants, cargo weight, and equipment will reduce this rating.

Chevy Trailering Camera System

Towing just got a lot more convenient behind the wheel of a Silverado 1500 or Silverado HD, thanks to Chevy’s Technology Package and its Chevy trailer camera system. Using the available Camera App on the touchscreen display, South Dakota drivers can access up to 14 camera views, which come in handy when hitching up, backing up, or simply maneuvering the road around you. New for 2024, Transparent Trailer View is available for both conventional and fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailering. In addition, you’ll have access to other smart trailering tech, like the newly available Adaptive Cruise Control with trailering.

Chevy Towing Capacity Charts

Wondering about the Chevy Silverado 3500 towing capacity? Or whether the Chevy Travers can pull a pop-up camper? It all depends on what type of Chevrolet truck or SUV you own. While the full trailering guide has not been released for 2024, we do have the specs for the Chevy Silverado Truck Models.

Help With Towing Capacity, Vehicle Safety, And More At Vern Eide GM, Your Chevy Dealer In Mitchell, SD.

Interested in knowing more about Chevy towing, trailering, the Chevy trailering app, or camera system? Are you considering a new Chevy truck for sale or a new Chevy SUV for sale and wondering if it can handle your camper, trailer, or other tow vehicle? Stop in to Vern Eide GM in Mitchell, SD. Our team can help answer any questions you have about towing, trailers, or any of Chevy’s advanced safety features, or if you need assistance getting something set up.

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