2011 CHEVROLET TRAILERING GUIDE

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2011 CHEVROLET TRAILERING GUIDE




Table of contents
02 SELECTING A VEHICLE                                                                 06 TRAILERING TIPS ON THE ROAD

03 VEHICLES AND HITCHES                                                                06 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

04 HORSEPOWER AND TORQUE RATINGS                                                       08 SILVERADO AND SILVERADO HD TRAILER WEIGHT RATINGS

05 TRAILERING BASICS                                                                   12   TAHOE, SUBURBAN, AVALANCHE AND EQUINOX TRAILER WEIGHT RATINGS

06 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU TRAILER                                           13   COLORADO, TRAVERSE AND EXPRESS TRAILER WEIGHT RATINGS

Silverado 3500HD Big Dooley Crew Cab Long Box LTZ 4x4 shown in Steel Green Metallic.
SELECTING A VEHICLE/MAXIMUM TRAILER WEIGHT RATINGS (LBS.)1                                                                                                                                                           02


The chart below gives you an idea of the maximum                                                       trailer and cargo, include the weight of any additional
amount of weight you can confidently and safely trailer                                                passengers and optional equipment (driver weight and
with different Chevrolet models when your vehicle is                                                   base equipment are already included). See pages 0813
properly equipped. When determining the total weight of                                                for maximum trailer weight ratings by specific model.




                                                                                                                                                                                                 20,000


                                                                                                                                                                                                                   22,000
                                                                                                       10,000




                                                                                                                                                                               18,000
                                                                                                                                           14,000


                                                                                                                                                             16,000




                                                                                                                                                                                        19,000
                                                                                                                                                    15,000
                                                                                                                         12,000
                                                                                                                                  13,000




                                                                                                                                                                                                          21,000
                                                                                                                                                                      17,000
                                                                                                                11,000
                                                                                       8,000
                                                      4,000


                                                                      6,000




                                                                                               9,000
                                                              5,000
                                      2,000
                                              3,000




                                                                               7,000
                              1,000
                        0




 HHR
                                  1,000

 Equinox
                                      3,500

 Traverse
                                                  5,200

 Colorado
                                                        6,000

 Silverado Hybrid
                                                          6,100

 Express 1500
 Passenger                                                6,200

 Tahoe Hybrid
                                                          6,200

 Express 1500 Cargo
                                                                6,700

 Avalanche
                                                                              8,100

 Suburban 1/2-Ton
                                                                              8,100

 Tahoe
                                                                               8,500

 Suburban 3/4-Ton
                                                                                        9,600

 Express 2500
 Passenger                                                                                9,600

 Express 3500
 Passenger                                                                                 9,900

 Express 2500/3500
 Cargo                                                                                    10,000

 Silverado 1500
                                                                                                 10,700

 Silverado 2500HD
                                                                                                                                                                  17,800

 Silverado 3500HD
                                                                                                                                                                                                     21,700

1 Maximum trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming a base vehicle, except for any option(s) necessary to achieve the rating, plus driver. The weight of
other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See your Chevrolet dealer for additional details.
VEHICLES AND HITCHES                                                                                                           03




        Hitch Ball on Step-Bumper                       Hitch Ball on Draw Bar            Weight-Distributing Hitch with Sway Cover




                                    Fifth-Wheel Hitch                            Gooseneck Hitch



SELECTING THE RIGHT HITCH Choosing the right hitch                  WIRING HARNESS This allows you to connect the electrical
and making the proper electrical connections affects how            components of your trailer, such as turn signals and brake
your vehicle handles, corners and brakes, and allows you            lights, to the trailering vehicle. Select Silverado models
to alert other drivers of your intentions. Before selecting a       and all Avalanche, Suburban and Tahoe models feature a
hitch or trailering package, you should be familiar with the        seven-pin wiring harness to streamline hookup of trailer
weight ratings specific to your Chevrolet vehicle, which are        lighting and brakes, and a bussed electrical center makes
detailed on pages 0813.                                            it easier to connect the integrated trailer brake controller.
SELECTING TRAILERING EQUIPMENT Most Chevrolet                       INTEGRATED TRAILER BRAKE CONTROLLER This is
vehicles offer a variety of standard and available equip-           optional on Silverado pickups, Suburban (standard on 3/4-
ment for enhanced trailering performance. Aside from the            ton), Tahoe (not available on Tahoe Hybrid) and Avalanche.
equipment described below, features such as heavy-duty              Completely integrated within the electrical system and
cooling and extendable trailering mirrors may be available.         antilock braking system and StabiliTrak (on SRW models),
See your Chevrolet dealer for more information on the               it allows your trailer's brakes to operate simultaneously
model you're interested in.                                         with the vehicle's brakes.
WEIGHT-CARRYING HITCH This consists of a hitch ball                 TRAILER BRAKES These are required above a 2,000-lb.
mounted to a step-bumper or draw bar, commonly used                 trailer weight on Silverado, Tahoe, Avalanche, Suburban,
for trailering light and medium loads. Hitch balls are avail-       and above a 1,000-lb. trailer weight on all other models.
able in a range of sizes. Make sure that the diameter of            The most common trailer braking systems are surge
your hitch ball matches your trailer coupler. Also check that       brakes (found primarily on boat trailers) and electric
the ball meets or exceeds the gross trailer weight rating.          brakes (often used on travel trailers, horse trailers and car
                                                                    haulers). Surge brakes are a self-contained hydraulic brake
WEIGHT-DISTRIBUTING HITCH This is most often used                   system on the trailer, activated during deceleration as the
for heavier trailering. This hitch type distributes the trailer     trailer coupler pushes on the hitch ball. An electric trailer
load by using spring bars to shift some of the hitch weight         brake system uses a brake control unit mounted inside
forward onto the tow vehicle's front axle and rearward to           the trailering vehicle; it operates by sensing the vehicle
the trailer's axles.                                                brakes and then applying the trailer brakes.
FIFTH-WHEEL HITCH AND GOOSENECK HITCH These are                     SERIES In general, a higher series number in a model
designed for heavy trailering. Located in the bed of the            indicates a greater load-carrying capacity. In addition, a
truck, these hitches position the trailer's kingpin weight          vehicle with a higher series number typically has a stronger
over, or slightly in front of, the truck's rear axle. Fifth-        frame, more rigid chassis and higher-capacity brakes,
wheel and gooseneck hitches are most frequently used                increasing the vehicle's ability to trailer heavy loads.
with travel trailers, horse trailers and other large trailers.
                                                                    OPEN-CARGO, CLOSED-CARGO VEHICLES There are two
TRAILERING PACKAGE An optional Heavy-Duty                           types of Chevrolet vehicles: open-cargo (Silverado and
Trailering Equipment Package is available for a wide                Colorado), designed primarily for carrying lots of cargo;
variety of Chevrolet models (and is standard on some                and closed cargo (Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche,
Silverado and Suburban models). The Z82 Package                     Express and Equinox) for carrying both cargo and pas-
includes a trailer hitch platform and may include other             sengers. The multipurpose capabilities of our full range of
trailering equipment.                                               closed-cargo vehicles make them good choices for drivers
                                                                    with broad driving requirements.
HORSEPOWER AND TORQUE RATINGS                                                                                                                    04


For trailering, Chevrolet recommends an automatic                           engine braking. The six-speed automatic transmission
transmission for convenience and improved performance.                      that comes standard on Avalanche, Suburban and Tahoe,
Silverado Heavy-Duty Trucks can be equipped with a                          and is available on Silverado, includes Tow/Haul mode. It
Duramax Diesel engine and an Allison six-speed auto-                       includes a passive shift stabilization feature that helps
matic with Tow/Haul mode, which raises upshift points                       eliminate overactive shifting and a shift schedule that
to use more of the engine's power for strong acceleration                   contributes to a solid shift feel, improved transmission
and raises downshift points to help slow your truck using                   life and overall trailering capability.


 Engine           HHR      Equinox    Traverse     Colorado   Express    Suburban    Tahoe     Suburban   Avalanche   Silverado   Silverado   Silverado
 hp@rpm                                                                   1/2-Ton               3/4-Ton                  1500      2500HD      3500HD
 Torque
 lb.-ft.@rpm
 2.2L I-4 VVT   155@6100
                150@4800

 2.4L I-4       172@5800
                167@4500

 ECOTEC 2.4L               182@6700
 I-4                       172@4900

 2.9L I-4                                          185@5600
                                                   190@2800

 3.0L V6                   264@6950
                           222@5100

 3.5L V6                              281@6300 1
                                      266@3400

 3.7L I-5                                          242@5600
                                                   242@4600

 4.3L V6                                                      195@4600                                                195@4600
                                                              260@2800                                                260@2800

 4.8L V8                                                      280@5200                                                302@5600
                                                              296@4600                                                305@4600

 5.3L V8                                           300@5200   310@5200   320@5400   320@5400              320@5400    315@5200
                                                   320@4000   334@4500   335@4000   335@4000              335@4000    335@4000

 6.0L V8                                                                            332@5100                          332@5100
 Hybrid                                                                             367@4100                          367@4100

 6.0L V8                                                      323@4600                         352@5400                           360@5400    322@4400
                                                              373@4400                         382@4200                           380@4200    380@4200

 6.2L V8                                                                                                              403@5700
                                                                                                                      417@4300

 6.6L V8                                                      260@3100                                                            397@3000    397@30002
 Turbo-Diesel                                                 525@1600                                                            765@1600    765@1600


1 Traverse LTZ has 288@6300, 270@3400. 2 Silverado 3500HD models with 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 with chassis cabs and incomplete trucks will have a
335@3100, 685@1600 rating.
TRAILERING BASICS                                                                                                                                                                   05


NOTE Towing a trailer involves all major vehicle systems                                       TRAILER BRAKES If your trailer weighs more than 2,000
of your Chevrolet Truck. Easy and safe trailering requires a                                   lbs. loaded, then it must have its own adequate brakes. Be
properly equipped vehicle, additional trailering equipment                                     sure to read and follow the instructions for the trailer brake
and an appropriate trailer. It also requires loading both                                      controller so that it is installed, adjusted and maintained
the vehicle and trailer properly, using safe driving tech-                                     properly.  Don't tap into your vehicle's brake system if the
niques, meeting regional legal requirements, and following                                     trailer's brake system will use more than 0.02 cu. in. of fluid
break-in and maintenance schedules. The vehicle owner is                                       from your vehicle's master cylinder. If it does, neither
responsible for obtaining the proper equipment (hitch ball,                                    braking system will work well.  The trailer brake parts must
hitch type of the proper size, type and capacity) required to                                  be able to take 3,000 psi of pressure. If everything checks
safely tow both the trailer and the load that will be towed.                                   out thus far, have a qualified individual make the brake
For more information, consult your Owner's Manual or                                           fluid tap at the master cylinder port that sends fluid to the
speak to a trailering expert at your Chevrolet dealer. These                                   rear brakes. Use only double-walled steel brake tubing.
charts will assist in determining how to best equip your
Chevrolet Truck for trailering. To help you understand the                                     HITCHES It's important to have the correct hitch equip-
charts, consider these trailering factors:                                                     ment.  If you'll be towing a trailer that, when loaded,
                                                                                               will weigh more than 5,000 lbs.1, be sure to use a frame-
RGAWR AND GVWR Addition of trailer hitch weight                                                mounted, weight-distributing hitch2 and sway control of
cannot cause vehicle weights to exceed Rear Gross Axle                                         the proper size.  If you have to make any holes in the body
Weight Rating (RGAWR) or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating                                           of your vehicle to install a trailer hitch, be sure to seal the
(GVWR). These ratings can be found on the certification                                        holes if you ever remove the hitch. If they're not sealed,
label located on the driver door or door frame.                                                dirt, water and deadly carbon monoxide from the exhaust
                                                                                               can get into your vehicle.
GCWR The Gross Combination Weight Rating is the total
allowable weight of the completely loaded vehicle and trailer.                                 FIFTH-WHEEL TRAILERING Chevrolet vehicles can be
                                                                                               equipped with a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer hitch.
TRAILER WEIGHT RATING This rating is determined by                                              Follow the manufacturer's directions for installation, but
subtracting the tow vehicle's weight (curb weight) from the                                    note that the hitch must be attached to the truck frame.
Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When a base                                            Do not use the pickup bed for additional support. For
vehicle (curb) weight plus driver is used, additional                                          proper kingpin tongue load distribution and control of the
passengers, equipment and cargo weight reduce this rating.                                     trailer, the hitch must be mounted so the kingpin load is
Note The safety steps described here are by no means                                           placed ahead of the rear axle centerline.  Fifth-wheel
the only precautions to be taken when trailering. See the                                      trailer kingpin loads are higher than conventional trailer
Owner's Manual for your Chevrolet Truck for additional                                         tongue loads, so pay careful attention to the truck's pay-
guidelines and trailering tips.                                                                load capacity and rear axle weight ratings.  Your Chevrolet
                                                                                               dealer can help you calculate the maximum allowable
TRAILERING CAUTION If you don't use the correct equip-                                         payload and GVWR required for your fifth-wheel trailering
ment and drive properly, you can lose control of your vehicle                                  application. The weight of any additional equipment and
when you pull a trailer. If the trailer is too heavy, your                                     all passengers other than the driver must be subtracted
vehicle brakes may be less effective. You and your passen-                                     from the payload weight to determine the maximum
gers could be seriously injured. Pull a trailer only after you                                 kingpin load available.
have taken the following steps.

 Trailer Classification           Typical Examples                          Typical Examples                        Typical Hitch Type3              Typical Hitch (Tongue Weight)
 Light-Duty (I)           Folding camping trailer, snowmobiles      Up to 2,000 lbs. gross trailer weight           Weight-carrying hitch             10%15% of gross trailer weight
                            and personal watercraft trailers                                                                                               (200-lb. maximum)
                              (trailer and cargo combined)
 Medium-Duty (II)         Single-axle trailers up to 18 ft., open   2,0013,500 lbs. gross trailer weight           Weight-carrying hitch             10%15% of gross trailer weight
                          utility trailers and small speedboats                                                                                            (350-lb. maximum)

 Heavy-Duty (III)          Dual- or single-axle trailers, larger    3,5015,000 lbs. gross trailer weight         Weight-carrying hitch or            10%15% of gross trailer weight
                           boats and enclosed utility trailers                                                    weight-distributing hitch                (600-lb. maximum)

 Extra Heavy-Duty (IV)     Two-horse, travel and fifth-wheel                5,00110,000 lbs.                   Weight-distributing hitch or          10%15% of gross trailer weight
                                 recreational trailers                      gross trailer weight                    fifth-wheel hitch                     (1,200-lb. maximum)

 Maximum                  Largest horse, travel and fifth-wheel            10,001 lbs. and above            Weight-distributing hitch, fifth-wheel     10%15% of gross trailer weight
 Heavy-Duty (V)            recreational or commercial trailers              gross trailer weight                    or gooseneck hitch                     (1,800-lb. maximum for 
                                                                                                                                                          weight-distributing hitch)
                                                                                                                                                       15%25% of gross trailer weight
                                                                                                                                                     (6,000-lb. maximum for fifth-wheel
                                                                                                                                                              or gooseneck hitch)

1 Maximum trailer rating may be less depending on powertrain combinations. 2 Not required on Silverado 2500HD or 3500HD. 3 Represents minimum
recommended hitches. Please refer to your trailer's Owner's Manual or ask your Chevrolet dealer.
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