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Old 01-28-2019, 01:21 PM
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My truck is rated for 7,000 lbs GVWR

I will be pulling a 8,000lb boat.
Will this GVWR be same as towing capacity?
Do you think I would be fine pulling boat and backing up and up boat ramps?
Truck: Chevy Silverado 2018 1500 5.3L V8
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Old 01-28-2019, 01:26 PM
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No, GVWR is not the same as towing capacity.

GVWR minus the weight of the truck is the amount of payload you have remaining.

Your boat trailer has a tongue weight, which is what impacts the payload of the truck. Many boats trailer are in the 5 - 8% tongue weight range. You need to know the weight of your boat trailer's tongue, and the actual payload of your vehicle, to know if you can safely tow an 8,000 pound boat plus a ____ pound trailer.

And you need a trailer brake controller, unless your trailer has surge brakes.
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Set up correctly, I find it hard to believe that that truck could not pull 8000 pounds. I certainly would have electric brakes on both axles, along with making sure my tongue weight is set up appropriately.
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That truck came from the factory with a 9800 lb towing capacity unless it has the max towing package then it can tow around 11,000.

But make sure your tongue weight and everything else are correctly setup.
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You may have some trouble on a slippery or steep ramp with 2wd.
But it is rated for 9,800 lbs towing capacity.
Working trailer brakes.
A level trailer and around 400 to 560 lbs of tongue weight.
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what the truck can tow has a lot to do with which axle ratio you have if its 342 your ok if its 373 your golden if its the 308 your screwed
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Try and find what your GCWR (Gross combined weight rating) is from the manufacturer
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Isn’t general consensus that you should only safely tow something up to about 85% of the vehicles stated “towing capacity”? So if tow capacity is listed as 9800 pounds you should only really tow up to 8,330 pounds (and that includes weight of boat, trailer, fuel, gear, etc...)
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Isn’t general consensus that you should only safely tow something up to about 85% of the vehicles stated “towing capacity”? So if tow capacity is listed as 9800 pounds you should only really tow up to 8,330 pounds (and that includes weight of boat, trailer, fuel, gear, etc...)
I think the general THT consensus is that I need a 3/4 ton truck to tow my AC 1720
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Interesting thread. I'm guessing that you can get the numbers to add up to "acceptable," and you probably have enough info to fill in the blanks to determine this.

I used to pull a Bobcat around town that weighed about the same as your boat with my '07 Chev 2500. I wasn't used to pulling that much weight, and wouldn't have wanted to do it with a "lesser" truck. I'd guess the limits are the braking ability and the tranny.

When you say "tow a boat", you have to factor how far, how often, the terrain, weather, etc.

My guess is, you'll know if your safe pulling your boat within the first 20 miles or so of your first trip.

Best wishes and good luck!
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Originally Posted by Brian6892 View Post
My truck is rated for 7,000 lbs GVWR

I will be pulling a 8,000lb boat.
Will this GVWR be same as towing capacity?
Do you think I would be fine pulling boat and backing up and up boat ramps?
Truck: Chevy Silverado 2018 1500 5.3L V8
dont forget to add everything up. a 8k boat is more with fuel, water, gear, engine, etc. also dont forget to add-in the trailer weight.

if you are going a very short distance, its probably ok to exceed a little. longer distance, i would be worried about liability should there be an accident.

finally, tht has a trailer sub forum.
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Shoot, y'all are slipping...you can tow that with a RAV4.
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You won’t like it the first few tugs (or ever) but ya you can.
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Shoot, y'all are slipping...you can tow that with a RAV4.
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Make sure that you are within towing specs and truck is licensed for proper weight towing or you could have issues with insurance claim if an accident occurs.
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Make sure that you are within towing specs and truck is licensed for proper weight towing or you could have issues with insurance claim if an accident occurs.
Well stated.

The fact is that you can tow 8000 lbs if the truck is rated to tow that much and you're the only thing in it. If you have 4 people in the rig with you then you need to subtract the dead weight from the tow capacity.

All that said, the limiting factor for most trucks is the tongue weight rating. That's where the manufacturer gets you. When you dive deep enough into the manual it'll tell you that you can have a max tongue weight of say 700 lbs, and that has to be at least 10% of the gross trailer weight... Which means you can only tow 7000 lbs on the factory hitch ...unless you add a weight distributing hitch.

This is why I always laugh when I see the commercials touting max tow weight. They should really give 2 ratings...theoretical max tow rating, and realistic max tow rating.
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You could just keep an eye on craigslist for a nice rav4. Then you will never have to worry again.

If you want to use your truck, Opinions may change depending on your towing plan. Local to the ramp, interstate cross country?
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Originally Posted by zig10 View Post
Well stated.
The fact is that you can tow 8000 lbs if the truck is rated to tow that much and you're the only thing in it. If you have 4 people in the rig with you then you need to subtract the dead weight from the tow capacity. ......
Wouldn't you subtract that weight from the GVWR rather than the tow capacity?
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Isn’t general consensus that you should only safely tow something up to about 85% of the vehicles stated “towing capacity”? So if tow capacity is listed as 9800 pounds you should only really tow up to 8,330 pounds (and that includes weight of boat, trailer, fuel, gear, etc...)
I think that depends on how far and how often your towing. If I were towing it up and down the east coast, hundreds of miles a week I'd want something bigger. If I were towing it to the beach house in the spring and home in the fall and three miles to and from the ramp in the interim, not really a big deal.
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