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    New to forum and really here just to get a question answered...

    I've got a 1993 suburban k1500 and haven't been able to find out a ton about it's trailer ratings. I've got a class IV hitch on it and a trailer that would be about 6000lbs at max (fully loaded). Right now I've got no weight distribution bars on but plan on putting them on. The trailer has brakes/I've got a brake controller so I'm not worried about that. I do know that towing so much weight with a lighter vehicle puts more strain on the suspension, transmission, etc- but the question is- is that too much weight? Thanks!
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    Hi there, and welcome to the GMTC.

    Until we have someone that's more knowledgeable to help you out, did you have a look through your owner's manual? Stupid question, I know, but there should be all the weights and specs in there that should be specific to your type of truck.

    Just thought I'd mention that!

    What are you towing, anyway? Something fun, I hope??
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    I can't speak exactly for that rig but 6000 pounds is a lot of weight for the early 90's. I tried a few searches and I am seeing between 6 to 7000 pounds. I hope you have the big v8.
    With that much weight equalizing bars and sway control will help out. Hopefully most of the trailer weight is over the axle(s) and not up front.
    Any luck with an owners mnual?
    Trevor - Huntington Beach, CA
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    Make sure the weight's not up front. You'll get insane trailer sway at highway speeds. We had to turn around and repack everything towards the rear of the trailer cause of that on a trip from Washington to Arizona.

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    Very true, weight distribution is always a safe practice when towing. Weight centered over the axles is best, too far front or back causes excess sway and bouncing.
    Trevor - Huntington Beach, CA
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    I've always heard and used the 60/40 rule.

    60% of the weight in front of the axle(s), 40% in back of the axle(s)
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    Welcome to the site!
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    Welcome to the forum! We have towed a TON of weight with my dad's old suburban. Probably not 6000 lbs but pretty close. His truck had a problem with snapping off shock mounts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blueZ71 View Post
    Make sure the weight's not up front. You'll get insane trailer sway at highway speeds. We had to turn around and repack everything towards the rear of the trailer cause of that on a trip from Washington to Arizona.
    Yup - and also matter what you are hauling... cargo vs livestock ...which can always be an `event' when they start shifting around

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