Can my 1994 K1500 tow a camper with a dry weight of 5500lbs?


Asked by Jan 30, 2017 at 01:32 AM about the 1994 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Silverado Extended Cab 4WD

Question type: General

It has a Z71 package, 5.7L V8, 3.42 ratio, 4x4, heavy duty trans and engine oil cooler, extra leaf spring, electric break controller, and weight distribution hitch with sway control. I know after loading the camper it will more than likely weight about 6500Lbs.

4 Answers


Oh I forgot to mention the brakes have been upgraded to a heavier duty stopping power.


The real problem is the age of your truck- and the mileage- after touring around the earth 4 times (100,000 miles) for nearly 25 years now you want to treat it like a beast of burden?

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

I understand the concern with age so let me clear that up. The previous owner did a complete overhaul on the engine and transmission a few years ago. Unfortunately he did not upgrade the gear ratio. He was not doing any heavy hauling and wanted to keep his good gas mileage. After adding all the upgrades that did my main concern is the 3.42 gearing. I will be upgrading that to a 3.73 in the future but for now is the 3.42 able to handle it? And just out of curiosity with my current set up what weight could I tow safely and when I switch to the 3.73 how much will that help?


I would rather have a 20th Century truck too- my concern was with the maintenance and repairs- rebuilt, not a problem- and that ratio should be fine- just go easy on the starts from stop- I would only add that my dream hauler would be rebuilt, from the sixties- with a camper to match lol

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

C/K 1500

Looking for a Used C/K 1500 in your area?

CarGurus has 806 nationwide C/K 1500 listings starting at $2,995.


Chevrolet C/K 1500 Experts

  • #1
    Andrew Olsen
  • #2
    John Saffrahn
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used GMC Sierra 1500
1,219 Great Deals out of 62,852 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford F-150
3,159 Great Deals out of 223,319 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet C/K 2500
218 listings starting at $2,495
Used Dodge Ram 1500
376 Great Deals out of 11,010 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Tacoma
662 Great Deals out of 41,092 listings starting at $2,500
Used Chevrolet C/K 3500
204 listings starting at $6,990
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
837 Great Deals out of 39,684 listings starting at $1,990
Used Chevrolet S-10
12 Great Deals out of 1,162 listings starting at $1,980

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.