Trailering the 2016 Chevy Silverado 1550 and the Chevy Tahoe
Summer is here which means you may be towing a boat or camper on your next road trip. Bill Black Chevrolet Cadillac has compiled this guide with towing tips for the 2016 Chevy Silverado 1550 and the Chevy Tahoe.
Towing a boat or a camper?
The most important factor when choosing a vehicle for towing a boat is to know how much your boat and trailer weigh together. As a quick rule of thumb, the average 21-foot boat trailer is between 500 and 1,000 lbs, while most boats in this size range hover in the 4,000 to 5,000 lbs range. This means you'll want a vehicle that is rated to tow between 4,500 and 6,000 lbs in total. Both the Silverado and Tahoe meet this requirement.
If you plan to tow a camper, larger pop up campers that come with a kitchen sink can weigh well over a ton, while the most Spartan pop up camper weight is around 600 pounds empty.
Towing Capacities of the Silverado vs the Tahoe
2016 Chevy Tahoe
The Chevy Tahoe has a tow capacity of 6,400 to 6,600 lbs. Power comes from a 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 ft-lbs. of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive complete the standard powertrain configuration. Tahoe is offered with four-wheel drive as an option, but towing capacity drops to 8,400 pounds. Maximum cargo capacity is 94.7 cubic feet.
2016 Chevy Silverado
With a Max Trailering Package offering up to 12,000 lbs. of class-leading V8 towing capability, the Silverado is ready to haul some heavy loads. Power comes from a 6.2 Liter V-8 engine with 420 horsepower and 460 ft-lbs of torque.
Keep these tips in mind when towing:
SELECTING THE RIGHT HITCH
Choosing the right hitch and
making the proper electrical connections affects how your
vehicle handles, corners and brakes, and allows you to alert
other drivers of your intentions. Before selecting a hitch or
trailering package, you should be familiar with the weight ratings specific to your Chevrolet vehicle.
SELECTING TRAILERING EQUIPMENT
Most Chevrolet vehicles offer a variety of standard and available equipment for enhanced trailering performance. Features such as heavy-duty cooling and extendable trailering mirrors may be available.