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towing chevy

Chevy trucks are known for their strength and power, but different trucks fit different lifestyle needs. At the top of the towing class is the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD with towing up to 10,200 pounds worth of weight. The GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) for the Silverado is up to 9,500 pounds of weight. Second in line for towing capacity is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The 1500 can tow up to 9,800 pounds and has a GVWR of up to 7,000 pounds. Third is the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD, towing up to 9,600 pounds with a GVWR of up to 13,400 pounds. Stop by a Chevrolet dealership to check out all the different Silverados in stock.

To ensure safe towing, the first consideration is what is being towed and what kind of truck is best to do the job.  A truck with a towing capacity of less than 2,000 pounds has enough power to tow folding camper trailers, Jet Ski trailers, or a snowmobile trailer.  A truck with 2,001-3,500 pounds of capacity is perfect for single-axle trailers up to 18’ and small speed boats. A truck with 3,501-5,000 pounds of capacity will tow dual axle trailers, enclosed utility trailers, and larger boats. And finally, trucks with 5,001-10,000 pounds towing capacity will cover large trailers. Anything over 10,000 pounds should be handled by a commercial truck and trailer rig.

Also before towing, the terrain, weather conditions, and driving length must be taken into consideration.  The right hitch is important for towing safety especially when driving on steep roads or slippery trails. Weight-carrying hitches are perfect for light to medium loads and are mounted onto a step bumper. Weight-distribution hitches are used for large loads, as they evenly distribute weight among the axles. Finally, large loads such as horse trailers and travel trailers need to be towed with a fifth-wheel hitch connected inside of the truck bed.

Keep in mind contents of the trailer may shift throughout the drive. To properly load a trailer, put 60 percent of the load to the front of the trailer (closest to the bed of the truck) and equally distribute the rest on either side. Secure all contents before driving to limit shifting of cargo and weight.  Keeping your weight evenly distributed will keep you and your load safe on your drive.

Finally, before taking off you and your passengers should do a final check for lights, brakes, and tire pressure.  Have a passenger stand behind the vehicle to make sure both brake lights and turn signals are working. Tires on the trailer, as well as the truck, should be inflated to manufacturer’s recommended levels.  The trailer braking system should also be checked and tested before setting out; become familiar with the type of brakes your trailer has prior to leaving for your destination. This will ensure smooth and safe driving.

Contact Chapman Chevrolet for more towing tips and information on the Chevrolet Silverado.

Towing information acquired from GMC Trailering and Towing blogs.