SELECTING A VEHICLE/MAXIMUM TRAILER WEIGHT RATINGS (LBS.) 12The chart below gives you an idea of the maximum amount of weight you can confidently and safely trailer with different Chevrolet models when your vehicle is Express 2500/3500 Passenger VanExpress 2500/3500 Cargo VanSilverado 0Silverado 2500 HD18,510Silverado 3500 HDSilverado Series In general, a higher series number in a model indicates a greaterload-carrying capacity. In addition, a truck with a higher series number typically hasa stronger frame, a stiffer suspension and higher-capacity brakes, increasing thetruck’s ability to trailer heavy loads.1 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 8,0006,0004,0002,0000equipped. See pages 14–24 for maximum trailer weight ratings by specific model.

VEHICLES AND HITCHES3Selecting Trailering Equipment Most Chevrolet vehicles offer a variety of standardWeight-Distributing Hitch This hitch type distributes the trailer tongue load byand available equipment for enhanced trailering performance. Aside from theusing spring bars to shift some of the hitch weight forward onto the tow vehicle’sequipment described below, features such as heavy-duty cooling and extendablefront axle and rearward to the trailer’s axles.trailering mirrors may be available. See your Chevrolet dealer for more informationFifth-Wheel and Gooseneck Hitches These are designed for heavy trailering.on the model you’re interested in.Located in the bed of the truck, these hitches position the trailer’s kingpin weightSelecting the Right Hitch Choosing the right hitch and making the proper electricalover, or slightly in front of, the truck’s rear axle. Fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitchesconnections affects how your vehicle handles, corners and brakes, and allows you toare most frequently used with travel trailers, horse trailers and other large trailers.alert other drivers of your intentions. Before selecting a hitch or trailering package,you should be familiar with the weight ratings specific to your Chevrolet vehicle,Fifth-Wheel Trailering Some Silverado models can be equipped with a fifth-wheelwhich are detailed on pages 14–24.or gooseneck trailer hitch. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for installation, but note that the hitch mustHitches It’s important to have the correct hitch attached to the truck frame. Do not use the pickup bed for additional support. I f you’ll be towing a trailer that requires a weight-distributing hitch, be sure to useFor proper kingpin tongue load distribution and control of the trailer, the hitcha frame-mounted, weight-distributing hitch 1 and sway control of the proper size I f you have to make any holes in the body of your vehicle to install a trailer hitch, besure to seal the holes if you ever remove the hitch. If they’re not sealed, dirt, waterand deadly carbon monoxide from the exhaust can get into your vehiclemust be mounted so the kingpin load is placed over, or slightly in front of, therear axle centerline F ifth-wheel trailer kingpin loads are higher than conventional trailer tongue loads,so pay careful attention to the truck’s payload capacity and Rear Gross AxleWeight RatingConventional Hitch This consists of a hitch ball mounted to receiver or step bumper. Your Chevrolet dealer can help you calculate the maximum allowable payload andHitch balls are available in a range of sizes. Make sure that the diameter of your hitchGVWR required for your fifth-wheel trailering application. The weight of anyball matches your trailer coupler. Also check that the ball meets or exceeds the grossadditional equipment and all passengers other than the driver must be subtractedtrailer weight rating.from the payload weight to determine the maximum kingpin load available.CONVENTIONAL HITCHESReceiver HitchHitch Ball on Step-Bumper1 Not required on Silverado 2500 HD or 3500 HD.HEAVY-DUTY HITCHESWeight-Distributing Hitchwith Sway ControlFifth-Wheel HitchGooseneck Hitch

WIRING AND TRAILERING BRAKES4Wiring Harness This allows you to connect the electrical components of your trailer,Trailer Brakes These are required above a 2,000-lb. trailer weight on Silverado,such as turn signals and brake lights, to the trailering vehicle. Select SilveradoSuburban and Tahoe, and above a 1,000-lb. trailer weight on all other models. (Brakemodels and all Suburban and Tahoe models feature a 7-pin wiring harness torequirements vary by state; consult state laws for actual requirements.) The moststreamline hookup of trailer lighting and brakes, and a bussed electrical centercommon trailer braking systems are surge brakes (found primarily on boat trailers)makes it easier to connect the integrated trailer brake controller.and electric brakes (often used on travel trailers, horse trailers and car haulers).Surge brakes are a self-contained hydraulic brake system on the trailer, activatedduring deceleration as the trailer coupler pushes on the hitch ball. An electric trailerbrake system uses a brake control unit mounted inside the trailering vehicle; itoperates by sensing the vehicle brakes and then applying the trailer brakes.

TRAILERING BASICS5TRAILERCLASSIFICATIONTYPICAL EXAMPLESTYPICAL GROSS TRAILERWEIGHT EXAMPLESTYPICAL HITCH TYPE 1Light-Duty (I)Folding camping trailer, snowmobile trailers and personal watercraft trailers(trailer and cargo combined)Up to 2,000 lbs. gross trailer weightConventional hitchMedium-Duty (II)Single-axle trailers up to 18 ft., open utility trailers and small speedboat trailers2,001–3,500 lbs. gross trailer weightConventional hitchHeavy-Duty (III)Dual- or single-axle trailers, larger boat trailers and enclosed utility trailers3,501–5,000 lbs. gross trailer weightConventional hitch or weight-distributing hitchExtra Heavy-Duty (IV)Two-horse, travel and fifth-wheel recreational trailers5,001–10,000 lbs. gross trailer weightConventional hitch, weight-distributing hitch,fifth-wheel hitch or gooseneck hitchMaximum Heavy-Duty (V)Largest horse, travel and fifth-wheel recreational or commercial trailers10,001 lbs. and above gross trailer weightConventional hitch, weight-distributing hitch,fifth-wheel hitch or gooseneck hitchTowing a trailer involves all major vehicle systems of your Chevrolet vehicle. EasyTrailer Weight Rating This rating is determined by subtracting the tow vehicle’sand safe trailering requires a properly equipped vehicle, additional traileringweight (curb weight) from the Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). Base vehicleequipment and an appropriate trailer. It also requires loading both the vehicle and(curb) weight plus 150 lbs. each for the driver and a front passenger is used, sotrailer properly, using safe driving techniques, meeting state and federal legaladditional passengers, equipment and cargo weight reduce this rating. This ratingrequirements, and following break-in and maintenance schedules. The vehicle ownercan be found on the certification label located on the driver door or responsible for obtaining the proper equipment (hitch ball, hitch type of the propersize and capacity) required to safely tow both the trailer and the load that will beAxle Ratio In general, a higher axle ratio offers higher trailer weight ratings, quickertowed. For more information, consult your Owner’s Manual or speak to a traileringacceleration and less fuel efficiency. A lower axle ratio offers more fuel efficiencyexpert at your Chevrolet dealer. These charts will assist in determining how to bestand quieter vehicle operation but will have slower acceleration and lower trailerequip your Chevrolet vehicle for trailering. To help you understand the charts,weight ratings.consider these trailering factors:Note The steps described here are by no means the only precautions to be takenRGAWR and GVWR Addition of trailer hitch weight cannot cause vehicle weights towhen trailering. See the Owner’s Manual for your Chevrolet vehicle for additionalexceed Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (RGAWR) or Gross Vehicle Weight Ratingguidelines and trailering tips.(GVWR). These ratings can be found on the certification label located on the driverdoor or doorframe (no labels on Silverado 4500 HD/5500 HD/6500 HD). Make certainTrailering Caution If you don’t use the correct equipment and drive properly, youyou are aware of your GVWR and any state and federal operating requirements.can lose control of your vehicle when you pull a trailer. If the trailer is too heavy, yourvehicle brakes may be less effective. You and your passengers could be seriouslyGCWR The Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) is the total allowable weightinjured. Pull a trailer only after you have read the information in this guide andof the completely loaded vehicle and trailer. This rating can be found on thefollowed the steps on the following pages.certification label located on the driver door or doorframe. Make certain you areaware of your GVWR and any state and federal operating requirements.1 Represents minimum recommended hitch(es). Please refer to your trailer’s Owner’s Manual or ask your Chevrolet dealer.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRAILERING6The information below is intended to give you some details about the trailer ratingsis the weight of only the tongue of the loaded trailer). For conventional trailering,on your vehicle and a way to ensure that the vehicle you use can handle the load youa tongue weight that is 10% of the loaded trailer weight is used. For fifth-wheel/want to pull.gooseneck trailering, a tongue weight that is a minimum of 15% of the loaded trailerweight is used.Trailer Weight Ratings and Gross Combination Weight Ratings Chevrolet engineersperform extensive testing of acceleration, handling, braking, and thermal andHow to Keep Your Load Within the Capabilities of Your Vehicle It is important thatstructural performance to determine the Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)the combination of the tow vehicle and trailer does not exceed any of its weightand the trailer weight rating for your vehicle. The GCWR is the total allowable weightratings — GCWR, GVWR, RGAWR, trailer weight rating or tongue weight. The only wayof the completely loaded vehicle and trailer including any passengers, cargo,to be sure to not exceed any of these ratings is to weigh the tow vehicle and trailerequipment and conversions. You should not exceed the GCWR of your vehicle whencombination, fully loaded for the trip, getting individual weights for each of theseyou tow a trailer.items. You can then subtract the weight of your vehicle from the GCWR. Thedifference between the two is the capacity you have available for your cargo,Chevrolet also calculates and publishes a trailer weight rating for each model orpassengers, trailer, load and any other equipment you might use to set up yourseries of Chevrolet vehicles for comparison purposes. The trailer weight ratingtrailer. Put another way, your GCWR should always be greater than or equal to theis not specific to an individual vehicle and is most useful for comparing product linesweight of your vehicle, passengers, cargo, trailer (with equipment) and one another to help you select a product that will meet your needs. When youbuy a vehicle, you should ensure that the total load (including passengers, cargoThe tongue weight for your trailer is the downward force of the coupler of the trailerand equipment) you intend to pull with it will be less than the trailer weight ratingon the vehicle hitch. You can calculate the tongue weight by placing the tongue of theof the vehicle.trailer on an appropriate scale. For conventional trailering, the tongue weight shouldbe 10% to 15% of the loaded trailer weight. For fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailering, theBecause the trailer weight rating is calculated for a line of vehicles, rather than antongue weight should be a minimum of 15% of the loaded trailer weight.individual load situation, some standardized assumptions are made when calculatingthe trailer weight rating. First, the base curb weight of that type of vehicle is usedThe GVWR is the maximum amount the vehicle itself should weigh, including the(the weight of a standard equipped vehicle without any options). Second, it isas-equipped weight of the vehicle plus the cargo, passengers and trailer tongueassumed that there is only a driver and a front passenger, each weighing 150 lbs.weight. Put another way, the GVWR should always be greater than or equal to theThird, it is assumed there is a certain tongue weight for the load (a tongue weightweight of your vehicle, passengers, cargo and tongue weight.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU START TRAILERING7BEFORE YOU TRAILERoverloading. Other factors that can cause sway are crosswinds, poor vehicleSafety Chains Always attach safety chains between your vehicle and your trailerworse. Speed is a major contributor to trailer sway, so you need to slow the vehicle —and cross them under the tongue of the trailer so that the tongue will be less likelyto drop if the trailer should separate from the hitch. Leave enough slack in the chainsso you can corner without the chains impeding the movement of the trailer. Do notmaintenance and road conditions. Trying to steer out of sway will likely make itbraking, however, could lead to a jackknife or other loss of control. To help controlsway, follow these steps: H old the steering wheel as steady as possibleallow safety chains to drag on the ground. R elease the accelerator but do not touch the brake pedalLoading Your Trailer Load your trailer to attain a 10%–15% tongue weight. Some U se the vehicle brakes to come to a complete stopspecific trailer types (especially boat trailers) fall outside of this range. In thesecases, the recommended tongue weight listed in the trailer Owner’s Manual shouldbe observed. A good rule of thumb is to distribute 60% of the load over the fronthalf of the trailer and evenly from side to side. Loads sitting either too far forwardor too far back in the trailer can create unstable trailering conditions — such astrailer sway — at highway speeds and during heavy braking. Once the trailer hasbeen loaded and the weight is distributed properly, all cargo should be secured toprevent the load from shifting.Safety Checklist Before starting out on a trip, double-check the hitch and platform,the hitch nuts and bolts, mirror adjustments, safety chains, and vehicle and trailerlights. Make sure that a sway-control device is installed, if required, and that thedevice is working properly. Check tire pressure on both the tow vehicle and thetrailer. If your trailer has electric brakes, test them by manually engaging the brakecontroller while the vehicle is moving slowly. Check to see that the breakaway switch,if available, is connected and functioning properly. Finally, make certain that all A ctivate electric trailer brakes (if equipped) by hand, until the sway condition stopsYou should pull your vehicle to the side of the road and attempt to determine thecause of the instability. Check the cargo load for shifting and improper weightdistribution. Check tire pressure on the tow vehicle and trailer and the condition ofthe suspension and shocks. If the sway was caused by strong winds, wait forconditions to improve before continuing your trip.Finally, some trailers can be equipped with anti-sway devices. Contact themanufacturer of your trailer for availability.Cornering The turning radius of a trailer is typically much smaller than that of yourvehicle; therefore, a trailer may hit soft shoulders, curbs, trees or other objects whenmaking tight turns. Taking turns sharply can also cause the trailer to strike againstand damage the tow vehicle. When approaching a sharp corner, brake sooner thannormal to reduce vehicle speed before entering the turn. Drive the vehicle slightlypast the normal turning point then firmly turn the steering wheel. By cornering at aloads are secure.wider angle, both the vehicle and trailer should safely clear the inside of the turn.ON THE ROADPassing When passing, allow additional time and distance to safely pass the otherAccelerating/Braking Avoid overworking your engine when trailering by applyingafter passing, make certain your trailer is clear of the vehicle you have passed. Nevergradual pressure on the accelerator. Allow your vehicle to safely reach a comfortabledriving speed. Give yourself extra time and room when merging onto highways.Braking when pulling a trailer requires extra distance. Allow ample room to come to asafe stop. A good measure for determining a safe following distance is to allow onevehicle and trailer length between you and the vehicle ahead of you for every 10 mphvehicle. Signal your intention to pass well in advance and, when reentering the lanepass on hills or around curves.Backing Up To back up a trailer, place one hand at the six o’clock position on thesteering wheel. To move the trailer to the left, move your hand to the left. To movethe trailer to the right, move your hand to the right. Back up slowly and move theof speed. When braking, use firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.steering wheel in small increments to help maintain control. To assist in backing up,Controlling Trailer Sway Sway refers to instability of the trailer relative to the towsee your spotter at all times.vehicle, and often results from improper weight distribution, excessive speed orit is helpful to have someone outside the vehicle to guide you. Make certain you can

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU START TRAILERING (CONTINUED)Driving on Grades Before going down a steep grade, reduce your speed and shift theParking on Grades Parking on steep grades with a trailer is not recommended;transmission into a lower gear. This provides “engine braking” and reduces the needif you must, follow this procedure:to brake for long periods. Chevrolet crossover, van, SUV and pickup models equipped Apply the brakes and shift into Neutralwith a 6-speed automatic transmission, as well as pickups equipped with the H ave someone place trailer wheel blocks on the downgrade sideavailable 8-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission, have a grade braking feature Release the brakes until the blocks absorb the loadin the transmission that can do this for you. See your dealer or Owner’s Manual for Apply the parking brake and shift into Park8additional information. When driving up a steep incline, shift to a lower gear for moretorque to maintain speed and avoid lugging. Lugging occurs when the vehicle’sLeaving Your Parking Spot on Gradesengine stutters because it needs to be in a lower gear. Crest the hill no faster than Hold the brake pedal down and start the enginethe speed at which you want to descend and in the gear you expect will require little Shift into gear and release the parking brakebraking. Pay attention to your temperature gauges for any signs of overheating. R elease the brake pedal and drive uphill slightly until free from the blocks Apply the brakes and have someone retrieve the blocksOverheating Prolonged driving with overheated fluids can cause damage to yourvehicle. If temperature gauges register abnormally high, if there is a markedDiesel Engine After-Run Diesel Engine After-Run on Silverado 2500 HD, 3500 HDdecrease in power or if you hear unusual engine noises, immediately take theand 3500 HD Chassis Cab is designed to help the engine cool down following heavyfollowing steps:usage. If the vehicle is shut off while the engine is too hot, it will immediately restart, P ull your vehicle to the side of the road. Once stopped, shift into Park (automaticallowing the engine fan to run and coolant to flow.transmission) or Neutral (manual transmission) and apply the parking brake. Leavethe engine running Turn off air conditioning and other accessories to reduce load on the engine. RollTrailering Label This industry-first label is located on the driver-side door jamband provides information that’s specific to your vehicle and vital to towing, includingdown the windows and turn the heater on to maximum and the fan to its highestGVWR,1 GCWR,2 GAWR 3 for the rear axle, maximum payload, maximum tongue weightsetting. The heater core provides a second cooling surface that can help reduceand curb weight. Available on Silverado 1500, 2500 HD and 3500 HD.engine temperatures I f you suspect that the overheating is the result of climbing a long, steep grade, runthe engine at fast idle (around 1500 rpm) until the temperature gauge registers anormal reading W ith the vehicle in Park (automatic transmission) or Neutral (manual transmission),the parking brake engaged, and being mindful of traffic, exit your vehicle and lookfor steam or leaking coolant underneath the engine. If you see either of these, shutoff the engine and allow the engine to cool. To avoid being burned, do not attempt toremove the radiator cap until the engine has cooled1 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment. 2 Gross Combination Weight Rating. 3 Gross Axle Weight Rating.

TRAILERING TECHNOLOGIES9Trailering Packages The trailering package will vary by vehicle and may includeTrailering Camera System This available system integrates multiple camerasa trailer hitch platform and other trailering equipment. Please see specific vehicleand provides up to 15 views of the areas around your vehicle and trailer. Thesecatalogs or your dealer for details.views make it easier to hitch a trailer and provide greater confidence while towing.Available on Silverado 1500, 2500 HD and 3500 HD. Learn more on pages 12–14.StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control StabiliTrak helps improve vehiclestability, particularly during emergency maneuvers. The StabiliTrak control moduleTow/Haul Mode Standard Tow/Haul mode on Express, Silverado, Silverado HD,compares your steering input with the vehicle’s actual response and then, ifSuburban and Tahoe as well as available Tow/Haul mode on Colorado,2 Traverse,3necessary, makes small, individual brake and engine torque applications to enhanceBlazer4 and Equinox 5 adjusts the shift schedule in the automatic transmission so itcontrol and help you keep on track. StabiliTrak automatically intervenes when itisn’t “hunting” for the correct gear while towing or trailering.senses loss of lateral traction.Auto Grade Braking Standard on Equinox, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, this featureTrailer Sway Control Working in conjunction with the StabiliTrak Electronic Stabilityworks with the cruise control to help maintain vehicle speed on long, steep grades.Control System and integrated trailer brake controller (if equipped), the Trailer SwayControl feature on Silverado 1500, 2500 HD and 3500 HD, Suburban and Tahoe canCruise Grade Braking Included with all available transmissions on Silverado, thesense trailer sway and can automatically apply the vehicle and trailer brakes andcruise grade braking feature automatically downshifts to help slow the truck andreduce engine power, if necessary, to help you get back on track.preserve your brake pads on long, steep descents.Hill Start Assist On inclines greater than a 5% grade, Hill Start Assist on Silverado,Diesel Exhaust Brake The Diesel Exhaust Brake on Silverado HD and SilveradoSuburban, Tahoe, Traverse, Blazer and Equinox automatically engages to hold the4500 HD/5500 HD and 6500 HD works with the available Allison transmission andvehicle stationary for about a second, allowing the driver time to press thethe Tow/Haul mode and auto grade braking features. After adjusting for the loadaccelerator before the vehicle can roll backward. It can be extremely helpful whenand grade, a variable vane geometry turbo creates back pressure to slow the vehicleyou’re stopped on a steep grade with a vehicle two feet from your rear bumper. Theand help reduce brake use. That means reduced brake fade, prolonged brake lifeavailable integrated trailer brake controller will also assist with this feature and6and more confidence when you’re pulling up to 35,500 lbs.,especially on steepapply the trailer brakes.grades, increasing the vehicle’s ability to trailer heavy loads. An exhaust brakesystem is also included on Colorado and Express models with the availableIntegrated Trailer Brake Controller This is optional on Silverado, Colorado,Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine and Silverado 1500 with the availableSuburban and Tahoe. Completely integrated within the electrical system, antilockDuramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I-6 engine.braking system and StabiliTrak, it allows your trailer’s brakes to operatesimultaneously with the vehicle’s brakes.Automatic Locking Rear Differential This GM-exclusive feature sends maximumdrive power to the wheel with grip in low-speed situations when rear-wheelRear Vision Camera 1 This feature is designed to allow the driver to use the touch-slippage happens. Available on Colorado, Express, Silverado, Silverado HD,screen display (if equipped) or the rearview mirror to see certain stationarySilverado 4500 HD/5500 HD/6500 HD, Suburban and Tahoe.obstacles located behind the vehicle when traveling in Reverse at low speeds.This feature is especially helpful when backing up to hitch your trailer.1 Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather and roadconditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information. 2 With available 3.6L V6 engine or Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine. 3 With available traileringequipment. 4 Requires available AWD. 5 Requires available 2.0L engine. 6 Requires Silverado 3500 HD Regular Cab WT 2WD DRW with available Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine and gooseneck hitch. 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.

TRAILERING TECHNOLOGIES (CONTINUED)10Digital Variable Steering Assist This advanced system delivers enhanced controlTrailer Theft Alert With this available industry-first feature, if the harness on youron the highway and in the parking lot. It provides ease of handling, stability at highattached trailer is disconnected, the lights will flash and the horn will sound. Inspeeds, maneuverability at low speeds, and excellent feel and response. Standardaddition, if you have an active OnStar Safety & Security Plan 2 and set up Thefton Silverado HD LTZ and High Country.Alarm Notification preferences, you can receive a notification by phone, text oremail. Available on Silverado 1500, 2500 HD and 3500 HD.Park Grade Hold Assist The Electric Parking Brake introduces Park Grade HoldAssist, which enhances Hill Hold to help keep your truck firmly in place on inclinesIn-Vehicle Advanced Trailering System With this available system you can createor declines of 8% or more. It also keeps the transmission linkage from binding so youprofiles for a number of trailers and also keep track of various trailer metrics. It alsocan more easily shift into gear after being parked on a steep grad

Trailer Weight Rating This rating is determined by subtracting the tow vehicle's weight (curb weight) from the Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). Base vehicle (curb) weight plus 150 lbs. each for the driver and a front passenger is used, so additional passengers, equipment and cargo weight reduce this rating. This rating