GMC trucks, crossovers, SUVs, and vans allow you to confidently tow light or heavy loads over long distances without sacrificing power or handling. From the GMC Sierra 1500 to SUVs like GMC Terrain or Yukon, there are a variety of vehicles designed to meet your trailering needs.
To find the best GMC vehicle for your trailering needs, there are a few factors to consider.
FREQUENCY AND DURATION
How frequently will you be towing?
Will you tow over short or long distances?
What will the conditions often be like?
Will you be towing in places where traction is an issue?
Before selecting a hitch or trailering package, you should be familiar with the weight ratings specific to your GMC vehicle because it affects how your vehicle handles, corners, brakes, and signals.
Commonly used for trailering light and medium loads, this hitch is mounted to a step bumper or draw bar. Be sure the hitch diameter fits the trailer coupler and can accommodate the trailer’s weight.
Most often used for heavier trailering, this hitch type more evenly distributes weight between the vehicle’s front axle and the trailer’s axles.
FIFTH-WHEEL HITCH/GOOSENECK HITCH
Designed for heavy trailering, these hitches are located in the bed of the truck and position the trailer’s kingpin weight over the truck’s rear axle. They’re frequently used with travel trailers, horse trailers, and other large trailers.
To learn more about these hitch styles and how they might affect a vehicle’s handling, click here to read more.
There are two common types of trailer brakes. Each is used for a different purpose.
Trailer brakes are required above 2,000-lb trailer weights on Sierra and Yukon, above 1,500 pounds on Savana, and above 1,000-lb trailer weight on all other GMC models. Certain GMC models, including the Sierra, Sierra HD, and Yukon, offer an available integrated electric trailer brake controller, giving drivers increased control over their trailer’s braking performance without needing to retrofit an aftermarket controller.