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    Default Towing questions with a new Silverado 1500 WT with 4.3L V6

    I have a new Silverado 1500 WT with a 4.3L V6 engine. I would like to pull a U-Haul motorcycle trailer with my bike on it. Do I need to get a hitch or can I pull it with just a ball on my bumper? Also, does the truck come stock with the plug for the brake lights or is that something I need to get installed?

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    your bumper or owners manual should tell you weight limitations. you *should* be ok with a motorcycle trailer/bike, we pulled similar things with an old dakota on the bumper. Double check your manual though or ask a dealer.

    far as the wiring harness, if it doesn't have the tow package it probably doesn't have the harness. However i believe most of them are built where you can get the wiring adapter, and it just plugs into the stock harness. Something like this:
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    My '05 4.3l worktruck has the trailer towing wiring in a bundle tied up by the spare tire. It ends in a male plug and I needed to get a 7 way plug made for a ford or chevy that it plugs into. It is MFG by Pollack and was at the local camper place for $12.00. I've seen a video about the NBS that has a plastic place for the plug to the driver side of the license plate where they take a similar plug that is made to twist into the spot on the bumper. It was on a trailer hitch makers web site. I had to add mine under the bumper...

    I just pull a small bass boat and I use a 7 - way to flat 4 adapter and the ball on the bumper. I added two of those oval connectors often used to fasten safety chains to the trailer into the two 1/2 holes in the bottom of the bumper, they stick out 'Just' enough to insert the hooks on the trailer safety chains...
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    Thanks. my load would be relatively light. Your setup sounds like it would work for me to. I will look into it. Thanks.

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    I agree with the rest. If thats all your hauling I'd say you should have no problem.

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    You should have no problems at all. I have towed a car on a car dolly about 50 miles using the ball on the bumper. This was with a 97 S10 4.3 liter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSM1500 View Post
    You should have no problems at all. I have towed a car on a car dolly about 50 miles using the ball on the bumper. This was with a 97 S10 4.3 liter.

    I towed my S-10 behind a 88 GMC 1/2 ton 4x4 w/ a tow dolly on the was my bosses truck and he used it to pull a 21' fiberglass runabout on the bumper w/ a 2" ball. He used to drive like a demon so I'd bet that boat trailer used to get 'air' going up the thruway...

    I do plan on adding a receiver someday...

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