what is the trailer towing capacity

Dennis Kurbansade

Asked by Jul 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM about the 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE1 Ext. Cab SB 4WD

Question type: General

It as a 5.3 liter engine and the z71 package

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Do you have trailer brakes???? About 6,000-7000 pounds safely!!! You could pull more if you had a heavier suspension. I heard of people pulling 8,000 but it cam mess up your transmission. What are you pulling?

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Dennis Kurbansade

Yes trailer brakes. I have an 8000 pound travel trailer. i can only find vague conflicting answers on the web stating anywhere from 4600 to 10000. I don't use this trailer much. maybe 2-3 times a year

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2500 HD will pull 10,000 but if Ur truck isn't a 1500 HD then the suspension can't handle 8,000!!!! How far are u going to pull it in miles??? 2-3 miles yeah u cam pull it is it good for your vehicle though???? I think its too Mich on the transmission!!! I have seen people pull 10,000 pounds on a 1500 buy why would you take the risk on breaking your truck??? You pulling a goose neck, 5th wheel or factory towing package??? Factory is 6,000 7,000 is pushing it. You can pull an 8,000 pound travel trailer with a 5th wheel or goose neck but its a lot of wear and tear on Ur truck. Depends on how far you drive it and how many hill you will be going up. A 4cyl s10 can pull it on level ground, but that doesn't mean you should!!!.!

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I know people that have pulled 8000-10,000 pounds but its just not made for that much. It's up to you!!! I'm sure it will pull it but I wouldn't recommend it, its just too much on the transmission!!! If you were just moving it on level ground going 5-10 miles no hills you would be ok but going on a trip isn't a good idea. Do you want to invest in a new truck or new transmission??? Is it for family vacations or what???? If not just get u a older 2500hd GMC Chevrolet make great trucks that last forever. 8000 is just pushing it

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hi, to any one , i like to buy a checrolet avalance or and ram 1500 to tow a trailer that is 7000 pounds what is the best truck of this that i can buy or what should one buys?

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It can pull 15-20k if you want. but...the more stress you put on the systems (engine, brakes, trans) the more the vehicle won't like it and things will start to fail...the ratings are all a range. I have towed many toys and my boat dry is 4640 lbs and the trailer is about 2200lbs. I have an 08 chevy silverado 5.3 and had to rebuild the motor...and a 2002 cadillac escalade 6.0, i had to rebuild the trans... also i am looking for a 2500 GMC...

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Chris Austin

its in the back of your owners manual, ur truck configureation, ie ext cab crew reg cab, short box long box, z71 or just 4x4,

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Alright metro if folks knew what they wer talkin about u wpuld get a straight answer I rebuild transmisions first off dont wry about that second I drive a 2500hd the gvwr is 10000 that means the truck can weigh a max of 10000 when scaled 5th wheel tow rating is 23000 truck and trailer combined a lil diff u might say your truck can most likely handle n 8000# trailer as long as truck axles r not over weght u must take into account the trailer has 1 or 2 axles on it 8000 is well within your combined capacity

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I am in the same dilemma with my 2012 Silverado 1500 5.3 Z/71 with trailer package, and 3.42 rear end. Everyone I talk to says that my maximum trailer weight is at 9600 pounds and my GCWR is 15000 pounds. I want to pull a 5th wheel trailer that maxes out at about 8400 pounds.

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CamperDan - you need a 6.0L or 6.2L... the 2012 you are talking about will pull it on level ground, but hit a hill.... :)

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I have a 2013 Sierra 4x4 Xcab with short box, rear end is either 3.42 or 7.73 not sure... I'm looking to pull a 5350lbs gooseneck horse trailer....can I?

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Any "1/2"ton with standard transmission, standard rear-end, standard suspension, & lack of tranny cooler - will do what you ask of it....within reason. But, (and I emphasize but) if one decides to take to task the manufacturer's "maximum" as a token guide, then decides to stretch it a bit; save some cash for an eventual power-train rebuild. They make heavier pickups for a reason. These yahoos that think the z-71 (or whatever) option imbues them with added security are mistaken. You get a skid plate, stickers, redneck tires, added cost for insurance, and a ball cap that says 'I love payin' for marketing in order to sucker the most ignorant "Alpha's" amongst us. Nutshell - you want your truck to last - 3/4's then the capacity of duty rating for any truck, any manufacturer, as the baseline. R. Ervin (Diesel ASE Votech, Army Diesel Tech ((honor grad)), Naval Shipyard Employee, B.A. & A.S. IndustrialTech........................)

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It really depends on exactly how your truck was equipped. Your vin might tell a dealer what it was rated at from the factory. Absent that 8,000 max with trailer brakes on all axles. A weight distributing hitch will do wonders though.


Snow01 - that load is a piece of cake. I have towed safely and easily 10,000 pounds with my Ford 1/2 ton PU with a weight distributing hitch.

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I have a 2002 GMC Sierra 1500 Z71 package step side short bed. I own a 24ft Interstate Cargo trailer that is 10,000 lbs loaded - it pulls it like a champ. It has also hauled my Dodge 2500 Diesel to the shop when its engine started to knock (didn't break a sweat). Never had any issues as the pickup was purchased for towing - its 14 years old with 122,000 miles clean as the day it was bought!

Darell Gholston

I have a 1991 VanDura 2500. I recently pullled my 1996 Lincoln Town Car I weighed the van 5960 empty no trailer. Loaded trailer and van full of fuel 12160 double axle trailer it made a 365 mile trip with no problems. The van has the 5.7 engine no trans cooler or oil cooler i wouldn`t eccomend this on a regular basis but I was plesantly surprised. I was wondering would this van be considered a HD vehicle it is a conversion van.

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