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wjsweet

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Have a 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500HD. Came with a class III 600lb tongue weight hitch. Seems to be the weak point.

Truck is 4.10 gears and 16000 GCWR. Want to pull some trailers up to 8000lb so estimating up to 900lb tongue weight.

Will upgrading to a class IV 1000lb hitch be the right move? Seems so to me? Thought I would inquire here.

Funny thing my wife's newer 2016 suburban is less gross but has the class IV stock.

Thanks for the help!!

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Yes, the class 4 hitch would be a worthwhile upgrade. Many newer tow capable vehicles have upgraded their hitch capacity. Most newer 15 series trucks are more capable than they were just 10 years ago.

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What are you towing that weighs 8000# but only has a tongue weight of 900#?

If you are going to replace the hitch (and you should if you are towing heavy like that and your particular truck is 15 years old), why not just jump to a Class V for the extra $50 and never have to worry about your weights?

If you are towing an 8000# travel trailer, you will run out of tongue weight capacity on the Class IV.

If your truck has always been a southern truck, maybe your current hitch isn’t rusted much. If you are towing those weights with a weight distribution hitch you do want to replace the OEM hitch.


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Thanks MFL.

Hi ktosv. We've borrowed campers and looking at some larger options on outdoorsy. 30 footers. Tongue weights between 700-900. My figure above was just a ~11% tongue weight estimate.

Agree should just go to V if having the work done. Also didn't care to use the WD hitch if I didn't need to.

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^Some will say a wdh is required like death and taxes, but it is not depending on the setup and your wants and preferences.
IMO, it seems strange you’d have a class 3 on a 1500hd. At least from the factory. They’re rated to tow more than that. Idk if you have an aftermarket hitch or what.


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Totally agree Grit dog. I came to same conclusion why would it have a class 3 factory. I know the 1500hd is a weird truck, but...

That’s why I came here to ask!

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The receiver design (round/tube) was a weak design and many have failed under the ratings at less than 5yrs old. I recommend replacing with Curt XD anyway.


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wjsweet wrote:

Thanks MFL.

Hi ktosv. We've borrowed campers and looking at some larger options on outdoorsy. 30 footers. Tongue weights between 700-900. My figure above was just a ~11% tongue weight estimate.

Agree should just go to V if having the work done. Also didn't care to use the WD hitch if I didn't need to.


A good class 4 should be sufficient, or 5 if you wish. In any case a WDH is going to make towing a trailer that size a more comfortable choice. Also a class IV hitch like mine is meant for only half the load without weight distribution. Example 600 lbs without 1,200 lbs with WDH.

APT is a knowledgeable source, if you read his post!

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Awesome. Thanks for the help all!

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Hitches are cheap and many are no drill installations. Good move and easy cheap insurance.
1500HD's are good rigs for multipurpose use.

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