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Old 06-05-2020, 05:24 AM   #1
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Tow vehicle

Simple question probably complicated answer. I have a 2019 22RBSWE Cougar TT . I was pulling it with my 2012 Tundra (9800 LB tow pkg) which did a great job. I was looking at the 1500 2021 Chevy Silverado to replace my Tundra. It has a 12000 LB tow pkg. Then we decided on the Chevy 2021 Tahoe High Country 6.2L with Max tow Pkg. It comes with a 8100lb tow rating. The builds were almost identical but the tow ratings weren't even close . 12000 vs 8100, 4000lb difference ? Also i couldnt find the hitch load for the Tahoe. Is there a formula to figure that out ? Thanks for your your input.
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Old 06-05-2020, 05:43 AM   #2
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As of May 4, 2020, The hitch weight hasn't been released. The max payload is listed as 1671 lbs. This includes passengers, cargo, and hitch weight.
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Old 06-05-2020, 07:45 AM   #3
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First Tahoe vs Silverado in the towing world is like apples vs oranges. The truck is meant/built for towing/hauling. The Tahoe is built for comfort, groceries and going to the store. The towing differences reflect that along with the increased weight of an SUV vs an open bed pickup.

Look at the specs for that Silverado and see what class hitch it comes with with whatever package it has; class III, IV etc. That will give you some guidance on the receiver itself. The brochures will probably give you the max weight for the hitch with or without a weight distributing hitch. Without looking at a specific truck all you can do is spec out the truck you want and see what they say the payload is; which is what you need to go by. Completely, totally forget about the max tow rating for either vehicle - it is meaningless and will have zero bearing on the vehicle YOU will be buying.

You are wise to replace the Tundra with the Silverado (Tahoe not so much). The Silverado will be much more capable at towing than the Tundra.
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Old 06-06-2020, 07:09 AM   #4
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The Tahoe probably has coil springs for smooth riding, The truck will have leaf springs that can handle payload much better,
Been there done that!
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Old 06-06-2020, 07:33 AM   #5
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My good friend bought a brand new Tahoe, towed his camper once and brought it back to the dealer and swapped it for a 3/4 ton truck. The Tahoe wheelbase is too short and the suspension is too “squishy”. I had a 2007 Z71 Tahoe and it rode great but when towing with it, it was always the tail wagging the dog. The first time it happened, the DW laid down the law and “forced” me to get. 3/4 ton.
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