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Old 12-22-2014, 09:16 AM   #1
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weighs 4600 loaded. what do you tow it with and your comments...thanks..we tow w/gmc sierra 1500 sle
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:57 AM   #2
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weighs 4600 loaded. what do you tow it with and your comments...thanks..we tow w/gmc sierra 1500 sle
Assuming you don't want to be overloaded over any of the weight limits of your GMC 1500, then that might be too much trailer for your tow vehicle. GMC makes 1500s with increased GVWR that will handle that trailer with no problem, but the standard CrewCab 4x4 with standard suspension might be overloaded, depending on how much weight you haul in the pickup.

For example, my 2012 F-150 CrewCab 4x2 is overloaded over the GVWR with my TT that grosses about 4,700 pounds on the road. Last week I returned from a 3,200-mile towing trip. The TT was lightly loaded, and only me and Darling Wife in the cab. Add a toolbox and two jacks in the bed, covered by a bed topper, and with a full tank of gas and ProPride weight-distributing hitch my weights were:
front axle = 3,340 (fGVWR = 3,750)
rear axle = 4,100 (rGVWR = 3,850)
gross weight on the two pickup axles = 7,440 (GVWR = 7,100)
trailer axles = 4,140 (combined GAWR = 5,600)
gross combined weight = 11,580 (GCWR = 14,000)
tongue weight = 650 per tongue weight scale
trailer axles plus tongue weight = 4,790 or nowhere near the 5,600 GVWR.

Conclusion: Overloaded over GVWR and rear GAWR of the F-150. Not even close to the GCWR, so no problem with power and torque for mountain climbing. Trailer gross weight of 4,790 with tongue weight of 13.6% of gross trailer weight is about average tongue weight percentage.

Overloaded 330 pounds over the GVWR of the pickup. And that's a 4x2. Add 400 pounds to the weight of a 4x4,and I'd have been 730 pounds overloaded.

Ford offers a max tow pkg that adds 500 pounds of payload capacity. If my F-150 had that pkg, then I wouldn't be overloaded. Ford also offers a heavy duty payload pkg that adds 1,000 or 1,100 pounds of payload capacity. With that pkg I could tow a much heavier trailer without being overloaded.

Bottom line for you? Weigh the wet and loaded GMC 1500, including all the people, pets, tools/toolbox, jacks, head for your WD hitch, full tank of gas, and anything else that you might haul when towing. Campfire wood? Toys? Subtract the weight of the wet and loaded pickup from the GVWR of the pickup. The answer is the max hitch weight you can have without being overloaded.

To estimate the max trailer weight you can tow without being overloaded, divide that max hitch weight by 0.15.

Since you already have both the GMC and the TT, then load up for a long towing trip, including people, pets, tools, jacks, and anything else that will be in the pickup when on the road. Go to a truck stop that has a CAT scale, fill up with gas, and weigh the wet and loaded rig. Add the weights on the front and rear axles of the GMC and compare to the GVWR of the GMC. Compare the weight on the rear axle to the rGAWR of the GMC. No guessing required.
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thanks for info. gmc can tow 9600lbs w/current setup..to be safe i usually look at 75 to 80 percent of the 9600 or around 7200 to 7500 lbs max..we are well within that weight at 4600 lbs..just looking for comments by other gmc ouners towing like trailer....
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thanks for info. gmc can tow 9600lbs w/current setup..to be safe i usually look at 75 to 80 percent of the 9600 or around 7200 to 7500 lbs max..we are well within that weight at 4600 lbs..just looking for comments by other gmc ouners towing like trailer....
My last TV (SUV) was rated at 7200 lbs and I was about 5200lbs wet with the RV tt. My new TW (Truck 5.7L) is rated at 9800lbs and I'm towing the same 5200. I call it my built in safety factor. This way if and when we buy a newer RV, I can go a little larger than the 26' tt I have now.

The old SUV I wouldn't even think about going a pound more. But it was a great daily driver. Very smooth ride, even after 9 years. (2005 Toyota 4Runner 4.7L V-8)
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