trailering and towing guide

TRAILERING AND TOWING

Finding the right truck

When it comes to trailering capability, we have a truck for every need. The chart below shows the maximum amount of weight each Chevy truck can confidently trailer, so you can find the right truck for your lifestyle. Download Trailering Guide

Worth the weight

Discover the Maximum Trailer Weight Rating needed to tow different types of cargo and see all Chevy trucks that fit the bill. When determining the total weight of a trailer and cargo, include the weight of additional passengers and optional equipment (driver weight and base equipment are already included).

COLORADO

MAX. TRAILER WEIGHT RATING UP TO 7,700 lbs.

SILVERADO 1500

MAX. TRAILER WEIGHT RATING UP TO 12,500 lbs.

SILVERADO 2500HD

MAX. TRAILER WEIGHT RATING UP TO 18,100 lbs.

SILVERADO 3500HD

MAX. TRAILER WEIGHT RATING UP TO 23,300 lbs.

Trailering Basics

Whether it’s payload, torque, or horsepower, finding the right pickup truck starts with understanding what you need your truck to do for you. Here’s a list of common trailering terms you should know.

GROSS COMBINED WEIGHT RATING (GCWR)

Represents the maximum weight of both your loaded vehicle (Chevy truck or SUV) and your loaded trailer combined.

CURB WEIGHT

The weight of an empty vehicle, without payload or driver, with standard equipment, fuel, coolant and oil. It is also known as the vehicle weight.

GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING (GVWR)

The actual weight of the entire Chevy truck or SUV and its contents, including fuel and occupants.

AXLE RATIO

The relationship between driveshaft revolutions per minute and the rear axle’s revolutions per minute. The most powerful and efficient ratio for each individual is determined by the frequency and the usual weight being hauled.

GROSS TRAILER WEIGHT

The weight of a loaded trailer.

TRAILER TONGUE WEIGHT

The amount of weight put on the trailer tongue to keep it balanced for a safer driving experience.

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*The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.

  • Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires available Duramax® 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine. Excludes ZR2 trim.

  • Towing capability is capped at 5,000 lbs. for Colorado ZR2, regardless of engine.

  • Requires 6.2L V8 engine and available Max Trailering Package.

  • Requires available Duramax® 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine and Fifth Wheel.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.