Recommended Adapter to Tow a Trailer and Carry a Generator with a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500

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I tow a Jayflight Swift SLX camper weighing less than 3,500 lbs witb a 2014 Chevy Silverado crew cab 5.3L. Im wanting to put install a dual hitch receiver so that I can put a cargo area on the 2nd receiver to mount my gas generator. Which receiver do you recommend. Camper has a 3200 GVWR and max tongue weight of 290 lbs. I will be leaving in 11 days so any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated

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The best option to use is the Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount with 2" Receiver # D210 as a dual hitch receiver will reduce your Tongue Weight (TW) capacity by 50%.

The Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount is rated for 7,500 lbs Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) and 750 lbs of TW so it fits into your weight capacity range perfectly. I checked online and it looks like your 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a towing capacity of 7,100 lbs. Since a typical TW rating is 10% of the hitch towing capacity you will want to stay within a 710-lb TW. You will also want to check with your owner's manual to verify your weight capacities. You will also need a hitch ball with a 1" diameter shank like the 2" Tow Ready Hitch Ball # 63845.

I have linked our selection of cargo carriers for you to filter through but since you are carrying a generator you may be interested in a TorkLift Generator Carrier like part # TLA7901 which has a 200-lb weight capacity and can hold a generator that is up to 21-1/4" long x 16-1/8" wide and a height range of 16-1/2" - 18-1/2" tall. It also includes a lock to help prevent theft.

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