Originally Posted by Russ661
According to the Costco Auto sales web page a brand new 2015 Silverado 1500 crew cab standard bed 4WD is only rated to tow a 5000 pound trailer with a 500 pound maximum tongue weight when not using a WDH. Additionally, the weight ratings with
a WDH are listed as 7000 lbs trailer weight and 1050 lbs tongue weight even though the truck is advertised as being able to tow 9100 pounds! Your folks 2008 is probably very similar.
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Go to the Specs & Features tab and scroll down.
All that said, I think you could probably get away with it once if you aren't going too far and if you exercise great care but I'd recommend going straight to a dealer upon arrival.
The 2" receiver that is stock on a chevy (ford and dodge for that matter) are only rated for 5000# trailer/500# tongue weight without a WD hitch. Also most 2" receiver ball adapters are similarly rated. Additionally, a dealership might not let you leave with the trailer unless you are towing under the hitch ratings.
50# over tongue weight is only 10%, but it is still over weight. I have taken a trailer only on the ball to my local dealership 5 miles away, but two states away? get a WD hitch. Buy and set it up yourself, or buy from them and let them set it up.
Contrary to the general impressions of negative experiences you read here, nearly all dealerships can set up a WD hitch right. they want to keep your business and their reputation, therefore they want to do it right. (Yes, occasionally dealerships screw it up).
If you buy from the dealer and have them install it, they will warranty their work. Any catastrophe on the way home, they will probably own up to fixing.
when I bought mine, I didn't buy their recommended hitch, I told them the brand and model I wanted, they ordered it, and they installed it. Nominal hourly rate for their labor, and I got to drink coffee and read a book.
2010 ram 2500 cclb
2008 jayco 26bhs
reese strait-line hitch with 1000# trunion bars.