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Can I Safely Tow 7,400 Gross Weight Trailer w/ 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71


I have a 2003 Chev Tahoe Z71 5.3L V8 Flexfuel 3.73 rear axle. Will I be able to safely tow a 7400 gross wt trailer if I equip my Tahoe with a weight distribution and/or sway hitch?

asked by: Jeff

Expert Reply:

To determine how much weight you can safely tow with your 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71, you will want to consult your vehicle owners manual. You will also need to check the towing capacity of the hitch on your Tahoe. There should be a gross towing capacity and a capacity listed when used with weight distribution. You are only able to tow as much as your lowest rated towing component.

The only hitch we have available for the 2003 Tahoe is the Curt Trailer Hitch # C15524, which has a maximum gross trailer weight of 15,000 lbs. If used with weight distribution, the capacity increases to 16,000 lbs.

If you find that your vehicle owners manual and hitch has the weight capacity, you will be able to tow your trailer, but it is recommended to use a weight distribution system.

Anytime the trailer weighs more than 50 percent of the tow vehicles weight, it is recommended to use a weight distribution system. To determine the correct weight distribution system, you will need to weigh the tongue weight of the trailer when it is fully loaded and ready to tow. You will also need to factor in the weight of any cargo being carried behind the rear axle of your Tahoe in the cargo area. You can use a scale like part # 5780.

Make sure that you select a weight distribution system that encompasses the gross tongue weight of the trailer when it is fully loaded and ready to tow. If you can send me this weight, I would be glad to recommend a weight distribution system.

I have linked an FAQ on weight distribution and a video installation of the Curt Trailer Hitch # C15524.

expert reply by: Reno H

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I have a 2000 chevy tahoe Lt we just traded in our motorhome for a spree 27 ft camper when the camper is on the ball the back end sags and Im riding with all the weight on the front axle of my camper what weight distrabution set up will I need to level out the tahoe and the camper thanks hope to hear from you soon

comment by: Doug h - 3/22/2013

The proper distribution system will be dependent on weights. The tongue weight should be 10-15 percent of the total weight of the loaded. Once the weights are established, selecting the system becomes pretty easy. Without weight information, you would just be shooting in the dark. Here is a link to an article with common questions on WD setups and information about checking weights.

Patrick B - 4/11/2013

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