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.
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.
The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) includes the Chevy truck, its contents, passengers, and fuel.
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.
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.
The trailer tongue weight is the amount of mass put on your truck’s trailer tongue to keep it balanced for safe driving.
The gross trailer weight is simply the mass of a trailer and its contents.
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.
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.
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.
Refer to the chart below for 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD towing capacities.
Refer to the chart below for 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD towing capacities.