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KNOW WHICH TRAILER TYPE IS RIGHT FOR YOUR NEEDS

KNOW WHICH TRAILER TYPE IS RIGHT FOR YOUR NEEDS

Trailers aren’t one-size-fits-all. In fact their varying designs and configurations mean they can handle quite differently when hitched to your tow vehicle.

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Not all trailers are created equal. In fact, variations in trailer shape, size, weight, hitch, and so on can drastically impact how it behaves on the road, and how it impacts the handling of your tow vehicle. Knowing what sort of trailer you plan on towing not only allows you to find a vehicle and hitch appropriate for your needs, but to also anticipate how to safely tow a trailer with an SUV or pickup truck.

Conventional Trailers

While typically used to describe recreational trailers, like campers or boat trailers, conventional trailers generally utilize a ball-type hitch. For super-light trailers, this ball may be mounted on a step bumper, but in most instances, the ball is mounted to a drawbar receiver, which is bolted to or integrated into the vehicle’s chassis.

Utility Trailers

Although many utility trailers can be considered conventional because of their ball-type hitches, the design and construction of these trailers can be quite different from conventional trailers – as can their handling. Designed to move cargo, equipment, or other belongings, these trailers are often smaller and lighter than conventional trailers. As a result, less weight is placed over the trailer hitch and tongue, which can make handling tricky. Drivers should take care to attach safety chains correctly underneath the trailer tongue, and avoid sharp turns. As always, utility trailers should be front-heavy when loaded in order to increase stability.

Gooseneck Trailers

Named for their long, tall trailer tongues, which rise up and extend into the pickup beds, gooseneck trailers are typically larger and capable of carrying heavier loads. Gooseneck hitches consist of a hitch ball mounted in the middle of the pickup bed, which the trailer neck couples to. By placing the hitch here, the tongue weight of the trailer is placed over the rear axle instead of at the end of the vehicle, which improves handling. Gooseneck trailers allow sharper corners to be taken at low speeds, aiding maneuverability, but drivers must be careful to avoid jackknifing, along with interference between the trailer and the back of the pickup cab or top of the pickup box sides.

Fifth-Wheel Trailers

Like gooseneck trailers, fifth wheel trailers feature a couple mounted within the pickup bed, and are designed to carry heavy loads. However, a fifth wheel trailer’s hitch coupling is quite different than a gooseneck trailer. Much like what you’d find on a semi truck, a greased, horseshoe shaped plate – essentially the “fifth wheel” – is mounted within the bed. A kingpin on the trailer slides into a groove on the plate and locks in place, allowing the trailer to rotate upon the plate.

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  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges. Bed/Roof-Mounted Bicycle Carriers shown. Requires crossbars or Thule Rack Solution. Non-GM warranty. Warranty by Thule®. See dealer for more information.

  • Canyon’s 7000-lb rating requires available trailering package and 3.6L V-6 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Sierra's 12,500-lb rating requires Sierra Double Cab or Crew Cab Short box 2wd with 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine and NHT Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Sierra Denali's 9,300-lb rating requires 2wd. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See dealer for details.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Savana Cargo's 10,000-lb rating requires 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 10,000-lb rating requires 2500 Wheel Base with 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • When properly equipped, includes weight of the vehicle and trailer combination, including the weight of driver, passengers, fuel, optional equipment, and cargo in the vehicle and trailer.

  • When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped, includes weight of the vehicle and trailer combination, including the weight of driver, passengers, fuel, optional equipment, and cargo in the vehicle and trailer.

  • Based on MSRP of $56,895. Must finance though GM Financial. Not available with lease and some other offers. Take delivery by 2/28/18. See participating dealer for details.

  • Excludes 1SV.  Not available with special finance, lease and some other offers. Take delivery by 2/28/18. See participating dealer for details.