TRAILERING GUIDE

To ensure that even your buying experience is Professional Grade, we’ve created an interactive trailering guide that shifts with your preferences. Begin by picking your truck or your payload to discover which GMC pickup truck best fits your lifestyle.

Max Payload Range: 1,380 to 1,620 lbs. Max Trailering Range: 3,500 to 7,700 lbs.
Example cargo: Camper, Toy Hauler, Snowmobile Trailer Recommended Accessories: Assist Steps, Floor liners, GearOn Bar Package, Tonneau cover
Max Payload Range: 1,650 to 2,400 lbs. Max Trailering Range: 4,600 to 12,000 lbs.
Example cargo: Two Polaris RZR ORVS, Four Harley Motorcycles, Boston Whaler Recommended Accessories: 6" square chrome assist steps, hard folding trifold tonneau cover, spray-on bedliner, 20” polished aluminum wheels.
Max Payload Range: 2,423 to 4,043 lbs. Max Trailering Range: 9,400 to 18,000 lbs.
Example cargo: Non-fifth Wheel Horse Trailer, Large John Deere Tractor Recommended Accessories: 6" square chrome assist steps, hard folding trifold tonneau cover
Max Payload Range: 3,914 to 4,390 lbs. Max Trailering Range: 9,200 to 17,500 lbs.
Example cargo: Large Sea Ray SunDancer Recommended Accessories: 6" square chrome assist steps, hard folding trifold tonneau cover
Max Payload Range: 5,002 to 7,153 lbs Max Trailering Range: 8,900 to 22,900 lbs.
Example Cargo: Fifth Wheel Camper Trailer (large DRV) Recommended Accessories: 6" square chrome assist steps, trailering camera system, Gooseneck/5th Wheel Prep Package and accessory Hitch Package.


For a multi-truck comparison, scroll down to view our Maximum Trailer Weight Ratings chart1.


MAXIMUM TRAILER WEIGHT RATING1 (LBS)

This chart gives you an idea of the maximum amount of weight you can confidently trailer with different GMC model lines when your vehicle is properly equipped. When determining the total weight of trailer and cargo, include the weight of any additional passengers and optional equipment (driver weight and base equipment are already included).

  • lbs
  • 1000
  • 3,000
  • 5,000
  • 7,000
  • 9,000
  • 11,000
  • 13,000
  • 15,000
  • 17,000
  • 19,000
  • 21,000
  • 23,000
  • Canyon

  • 2.5L I-4 Engine
    with Max Trailering Package

    3,500

  • 3.6L V6 Engine
    with Max Trailering Package

    7,000

  • 2.8L Diesel I-4 Engine
    with Max Trailering Package

    7,700

  • Sierra 1500

  • 4.3L EcoTec3 V6

    7,600

  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8

    9,800

  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8
    with Max Trailering Package

    11,100

  • 6.2L EcoTec3 V8

    9,400

  • 6.2L EcoTec3 V8
    with Max Trailering Package

    12,000

  • Sierra 2500 HD

  • 6.0L Gas V8 Conventional

    14,500

  • 6.0L Gas V8 Fifth Wheel

    14,800

  • 6.6L Diesel V8 Conventional

    14,500

  • 6.6L Diesel V8 Fifth Wheel

    18,000

  • Sierra 3500 HD

  • 6.0L Gas V8 Conventional

    14,500

  • 6.0LGas V8 Fifth Wheel

    14,600

  • 6.6L Diesel V8 Conventional

    20,000

  • 6.6L Diesel V8 Fifth Wheel

    23,200


DETAILS ON TRAILERING

Whether it’s payload, torque, or transmission, finding the best pickup truck for you starts with knowing what you’re looking for. Learn more about trucks and trailering below, or download our Trucks and Trailering PDF for more information.

GROSS COMBINED VEHICLE WEIGHT

Gross Combined Vehicle Weight represents the maximum weight of both your loaded vehicle (GMC truck or SUV) and your loaded trailer combined.

GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT

Gross Vehicle Weight is the actual weight of the entire GMC truck or SUV and its contents, including fuel and occupants.

GROSS TRAILER WEIGHT

Gross Trailer Weight is the weight of a loaded trailer.

CURB WEIGHT

Curb Weight is the weight of an empty vehicle, without payload or driver, with standard equipment, fuel, coolant, and oil. It is also known as the vehicle weight.

AXLE RATIO

Axle Ratio is the relationship between driveshaft revolutions per minute and the rear axle's revolutions per minute. The most powerful and efficient ratio for each individual is determined by the frequency and the usual weight being hauled.

TRAILER TONGUE WEIGHT

The Trailer Tongue Weight is the amount of weight put on the trailer tongue to keep it balanced for a safer driving experience.