Towing Capacity of 2004 Chevy Silverado LS with 5.3L Engine

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I'm trying to find the hitch weight limit on my 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS short bed with 5.3L engine.

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The listed towing capacity of your 2004 Chevy Silverado LS short bed with 5.3L engine is going to vary depending on some specifics of the vehicle. If the Silverado is four-wheel drive and has a 3.73:1 axle ratio, the capacity is 7,800 lbs (extended cab) or 8,200 lbs (regular cab); if it is four-wheel drive and has a 4.10:1 axle ratio the towing capacity is 8,800 lbs (extended cab) or 9,200 lbs (regular cab).

If your Chevy is two-wheel drive and has a 3.42:1 axle ratio, the towing capacity is 7,100 lbs (extended cab) or 7,500 lbs (regular cab); if the truck has a 3.73:1 axle ratio, the capacity is 8,100 lbs (extended cab) or 8,300 lbs (regular cab).

There are a number of trailer hitch receivers I recommend for your '04 Chevy Silverado starting with the Curt # 13322, which has a Class III rating with a tongue weight of 600 lbs and a towing weight of 6,000 lbs.

If your vehicle has a Deep Drop Bumper, there is a single confirmed fit, the Curt # 13339.

If your Silverado has an aftermarket Roll Pan Bumper, there is also only one confirmed fit, the Curt # 13932.

I have included links to install videos and a couple of help articles you may find useful.

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Kyle S

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