2013 Silverado 1500 factory hitch.

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by stchman, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. stchman

    stchman New Member

    After looking through my owners manual, I cannot find ANYTHING about the factory hitch rating.

    Where does one find the factory hitch ratings?

  2. RayVoy

    RayVoy Active Member

    Without going out to look at mine, is there an info plate on the platform?
  3. Hey there,

    I see you have a questions about factory hitch ratings. I am happy to assist you. Please private message me any specific questions you have about factory hitch ratings.

    Safe travels,

    Jennifer T.
    GM Customer Care
  4. Bowtied

    Bowtied Member

    Factory hitch as in on your bumper? or do you have a factory tow pckg? at any rate i think that information may be contained on the sticker on the side of the door or on the inside of the body where the door opens, it should state tire pressures, gvwr, and max tow ratings.

    ETA: I found this chart for towing capacities online here: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle/towing-capacity-chart6.htm

    This is for 2009 year model trucks but should be similar if not the same for your same generation truck.

    Also: does anyone happen to know why the avalanche has a higher capacity than the silverado 1500? Do those come with >5.3L engines? i just noticed that according to this chart both the avalanche, and the suburban can tow greater capacities than the 1500
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2013
  5. stchman

    stchman New Member

    Also from that chart a 2500HD can tow more than a 3500HD. I am not going to really trust that chart.

    I have the factory towing package with what appears to be a class III or IV hitch attached to the frame. I would just like to know that the tow rating of that factory hitch is.
  6. Bowtied

    Bowtied Member

    i believe the 3500 is reflective of the dually model which weighs more, so it has to pull less to achieve its max towing capacity, i may be wrong on that but just a hunch. that may also explain the differences in towing capacities of the other vehicles i was asking about above.
  7. stchman

    stchman New Member

    From the owners manual, both the 2500HD and 3500HD can two the same weight when equipped with the same engine and axle ratio.
  8. Bowtied

    Bowtied Member

    so the manual states they tow the same amount, but doesnt specify how much the amount is? :glasses:???
  9. stchman

    stchman New Member

    20500lbs with a 6.0L engine and a 4.10 rear axle.

    If you step up to a Duramax, your max tow rating is 22800 with a 3500HD dually.
  10. Bowtied

    Bowtied Member

    oic, but the details regarding towing capacity specific to your model were absent in your manual?
  11. stchman

    stchman New Member

    I know what the MAX tow rating for my truck is (9600lbs for a crew cab with 5.3L engine, 3.42 rear axle, and the K5L package). The thing is it says "when properly equipped".

    I would like to know if I decide to tow 9600lbs with my truck, will the hitch included in the factory towing package suffice or do I need a better hitch/cooler?

  12. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    been wondering about this myself a bit, planning on getting a 7x14 tandem v-nose trailer for moving back home with next spring, and Im wondering what my hitch is rated for. something to ask the next time im at the dealer maybe.

  13. stchman

    stchman New Member

    I checked my RPO sticker in the glove box and my 2013 has the "Heavy Duty Trailering Package".

    Can I assume that the truck is "properly equipped" to tow 9600lbs like the owners manual states with no modification?

    Looking on the Wikipedia I found the following values:

    I have found Wikipedia to be fairly accurate, so can I assume that if your Silverado has the K5L package, it has a Class IV hitch?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Does your Sierra have the K5L package?
  14. RayVoy

    RayVoy Active Member

    A Class III and a Class IV hitch receiver platform will look exactly the same, because they are. It is class 4 when a weight distribution hitch is used, it is a Class3 without the wd.

    The K5L package on the Avalanche/Tahoe/Sub trucks provides a 3.42 rear axle, a tranny cooler and an engine oil cooler, it also provides the 2 speed t-case in the 4x4 trucks.
    The K5L does not include the hitch receiver platform (you can have the receiver and not have K5L.
    K5L also does not include the electric trailer brake controller, RPO = JL1
  15. stchman

    stchman New Member

    Ok, my truck has the K5L package, but does not have the trailer brake controller. If you have the K5L package, does that mean the truck has the weight distributing hitch?

    That's been a point of wonderment for me, the dealer orders my truck, it has an MSRP of $43,985, but they failed to order it with the following items.

    Sunroof - $895
    Trailer brake controller - $230
    Sliding rear window - $250

    The sunroof can be put in aftermarket, a brake controller as well, but the sliding rear window would be a different story.
  16. RayVoy

    RayVoy Active Member

    The 2" receiver platform is standard equipment on my truck, yours as well I suspect. But, the weight distribution is part of the hitch

    Actually, the factory brake controller can not be added latter, I checked, I wanted the look of the factory controller. A 3rd party unit can be added later.
  17. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    I do have the K5L package. im gonna chat with a tech at the dealer when i go in for my next oil change. see what i need to get for the trailer i plan on getting.

  18. awtposts

    awtposts New Member

    Go to Chevy online

    Hitch ratings are not much concern when trying to figure out your tow capacity really. The hitch is a mere percentage of your tow cap. Go to Chevrolet online and the specs will provide the info. I will warn you. I just traded my '07 Silverado 1500 Classic 5.3 with the HD Tow pkg for a '13 Silverado 2500HD. I am towing a 35' travel trailer weighing in @ 6200lb. My 1500 pulled my trailer fine no problem with my 7800lb Tow Cap (I had the 3.23 Axle) however; it was my braking and suspension that was cause for concern and I do have the Equalizer® Weight Distributing Hitch for my trailer.

    It wasn't really bad, wasn't a sever issue or anything like that, I was just being cautious is all while traveling with my family in the truck with me when towing through the NC mountains. More to consider when towing than just max cap, etc etc etc.

    Feel free to message me if you have any more questions and want to discuss more detail.


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