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Old 06-29-2014, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default I need someone who understands how to determine towing capacity

I have been trying to calculate how much weight my TV can pull but every website I find sayís different specs. Might have to get a different TV that can pull more weight if this one doesnít work.

Maybe someone can point me in the right direction before I head to the dealership. Itís a 1997 Chevy C1500 WT with the trailer towing package. In the past two years it has had a new 4.3L engine, transmission and differential installed so I know itís in good shape. It does have a transmission cooler, engine oil cooler and a frame mounted hitch.

On the Chevy website if I enter my VIN, it says the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap is 6100 then further down on another line it says the Max Trailer Wt w/Wt Distribution Hitch is 10,000 and Max Tongue Wt w/Wt Distribution Hitch is 1,000. Below that it says the GVWR is 6100 and the Gross Combined Wt rating is 9500. These figures seems high but every site I go sayís different specs . . .

We are looking to pull a TM 2720SL and need to know if this truck will work or do we need another TV? Maybe someone can assist?
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Old 06-29-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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I have been trying to calculate how much weight my TV can pull but every website I find sayís different specs. Might have to get a different TV that can pull more weight if this one doesnít work.

Maybe someone can point me in the right direction before I head to the dealership. Itís a 1997 Chevy C1500 WT with the trailer towing package. In the past two years it has had a new 4.3L engine, transmission and differential installed so I know itís in good shape. It does have a transmission cooler, engine oil cooler and a frame mounted hitch.

On the Chevy website if I enter my VIN, it says the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap is 6100 then further down on another line it says the Max Trailer Wt w/Wt Distribution Hitch is 10,000 and Max Tongue Wt w/Wt Distribution Hitch is 1,000. Below that it says the GVWR is 6100 and the Gross Combined Wt rating is 9500. These figures seems high but every site I go sayís different specs . . .

We are looking to pull a TM 2720SL and need to know if this truck will work or do we need another TV? Maybe someone can assist?
You got more than enough - dry weight on a TM 2720sl is less than 3000lbs.
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Old 06-29-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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Had my 2720 on a CAT scale this week, propane full, all water tanks empty. food in frig, everything I take camping. Weight was 3980 total with 3580 on axle
Not sure that answers your question but I tow great with less
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:11 PM   #4
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My heep is rated at 500 lbs tongue, 5,000 lbs gross and handles my 2720 with no problems or increased temps even in 95F weather & AC on max.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:16 PM   #5
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The Gross Combined Weight of 9500 should tell you enough. That is the combined weight of the TV, payload you add to the truck bed or passenger compartment including driver and passenger and the total weight of the trailer you want to tow. All total is limited to 9500 lbs. Deduct the weight of any trailer you are interested in, ex: 4000lbs, and you are left with 5500. Deduct the weight of the TV, ex: 4000lbs, and you are left with 1500lbs for passengers, camping gear, stuff ... This set up offers a safe towing combination. Please note the weight difference offers in response #2 and response #3. Dry weight of 3000lbs vs 3980lbs towed weight. Difference is dry weight is offered by the factory without mounted AC, propane tanks, batteries, camping gear, supplies, contents of fresh water tank, water heater contents, etc. The difference of 1000lbs adds up very quickly.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:45 PM   #6
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Thanks everybody - I feel better about our TV now!
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