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South Dakota Can Tow With Confidence

Chevrolet trucks were built to tow, whether you opt for the midsize Colorado, the full-size Silverado 1500, or the Silverado HD workhorse. 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 the Chevrolet trailering guide, 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 trailering camera system. Using the available Camera App on the touchscreen display, South Dakota drivers can access up to 15 different camera views, making it much easier to hitch a trailer and provides added confidence while towing. The camera system even features a Transparent Trailer View (also referred to as the Chevy invisible trailer) which allows you to actually see through whatever you’re trailering to the traffic behind you.

Chevy Towing Capacity Charts

What is the towing capacity of a Chevy? It all depends on what type of Chevrolet truck you own. Scroll down to view towing capacity charts for the Colorado, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500 HD, and Silverado 3500 HD.

Chevy Colorado Towing Capacity Chart

Refer to the chart below for 2021 Chevrolet Colorado towing capacities.


 
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Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity Chart

Refer to the chart below for 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 towing capacities.


 
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Silverado 2500 HD Towing Capacity Chart

Refer to the chart below for 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD towing capacities.


 
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Silverado 3500 HD Towing Capacity Chart

Refer to the chart below for 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD towing capacities.


 
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