Can a 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Tow a 16,500 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer

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I have a 2008 Chevy Silverado HD 2500. If I install this set up, how much will it increase the gvwr? I am buying a 5th wheel and the gvwr is 16,500 lbs. Can you shed some light on what I should do? Thanks for your help!

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The GVWR of a vehicle is set in stone. There is nothing you can do to increase the capacity short of replacing the axle, suspension, and other load bearing and drive train components. What suspension enhancement like # TGMRCK25S does is help support the load and keep the rear end from sagging.

Since you have a 3/4 ton truck, you are going to be able to tow just about anything. Consult the vehicle owners manual for the towing capacities of the truck. The gross COMBINED vehicle weight rating is the total weight the truck and trailer can be together. The gross axle weight rating is how much weight the axle can hold, this is good for determining if the trailer you want to tow has a pin weight that is too heavy or not.

A trailer weighing 16,500 pounds will probably not be a problem for a 3/4 ton truck.

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