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Hi there, I own a 2009 5.3l with the 3.73 gear ration, extended cab 6.6ft box. I can't find online anywhere what i can legally tow, some sites say 9600lb, others 4800lb? new to this gig so any help would be appreciated.
the gvwr on the door stickers says 7000lb
gawr frt is 3950 lb
gawr rr is 3950lb
what do these mean?
i also have the trailering package

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The GAWRs are the Gross Axle Weight Ratings - what each axle can handle as a maximum. The GVWR listed is the maximum the truck can weigh on when all 4 wheel weights are combined.

The trailer life website has a list of tow ratings dating back to 1999.

HERE is the 2009 version.

According to it, your truck is rated for 7500# max trailer weight:

1500 Ext Cab Shortbed 4WD 5.3L V-8 7,500 (g)

With the "g" representing a 3.73 axle ratio.


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10000# GVWR, 5500# FGAWR, 6500# RGAWR, 3040# payload, 15470# tow rating, 22500# GCWR


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Excellent thanks, another thing I have been reading on various sites has something to do with subtracting the weight of the truck, and trailer to fin an accurate figure? Now with 7500lb as the max one should be ok with a trailer 4-5000 lbs dry? Give or take an additional 1000lbs for added weight? Or should it be less than 4000lb to be on the safe side?

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If you shoot for 80% of your towing capacity you should be in good shape.


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So give or take 6000lbs dry weight?

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this is kinda what i had in mind.
keystone 27rbwe hideout
Length (ft/m) 30 / 9.1
Width (in/mm) 96 / 2438.4
Height (in/mm) 135 / 3429
Interior Height (in/mm) 84 / 2133.6
Length (ft/ft) 30
Length (ft/in) 0
Dry Weight (lbs/kg) 4990 / 2263.5
Payload Capacity (lbs/kgs) 2590 / 1174.8
GVWR (lbs/kgs) 7580 / 3438.3
Hitch Weight (lbs/kgs) 580 / 263.1

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Posted: 07/02/12 08:16am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That trailer would be OK by the specs, but I wouldn't want anything much heavier.

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Now with the gvwr at 7580 are they saying thatbis the maxi with the trailer and the loaded contents?

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This is interesting. I have a 2009 5.3 with the 6-speed and 3.42 rear and my tow rating is 9500 lbs. I tow 7000-7500 without an issue.


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cndrbrown wrote:

Now with the gvwr at 7580 are they saying thatbis the maxi with the trailer and the loaded contents?

Yes, that is the most the RV is permitted to weigh. Keep in mind published dry RV weights are notorious for being lower than actual.

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