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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR GMC FOR SAFE TRAILERING

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR GMC FOR SAFE TRAILERING

This summer, make sure your GMC is ready to pull it’s weight — and more.

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The lake is calling. Home projects are piling up. It’s summer, and along with warm weather comes a host of new demands that rely on the precision engineering of your GMC – many of which hinge on trailering capability. Like a full-body workout, trailering utilizes every muscle in your GMC. So it’s critical to make sure every system is performing exactly the way it should.

The best place to start is a trip to the Professional Grade service experts at your GMC dealer. They can perform a Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection that covers some of your vehicle’s vital systems. They’ll examine everything from air conditioning, tires, and wipers to your engine, transmission, exhaust, and more.

One area of focus for a vehicle that tows often will be the braking system. When you have hundreds or even thousands of pounds of trailer weight behind your vehicle, the laws of inertia make stopping much more strenuous on your brakes. To maximize stopping power, it’s vital to have high-quality brake components professionally installed and regularly inspected. The Professional Grade experts trust ACDelco and Genuine GM Parts to get the job done right.

Another key contributor to trailering capability is your tire tread wear and load-carrying capacity. The danger involved in trailering, let alone driving, on tires with significant tread wear is obvious. But what is considered acceptable tread depth may not be so obvious. A quick rule of thumb is to place a penny upside down in the groove of your tire tread. If the rubber does not reach the top of Lincoln’s head, then your tire is excessively worn and is in need of replacement.

Load-carrying capacity is a measurement of a tire’s internal air volume. Factors such as how fast you’ll be trailering and how much weight you’ll be pulling all affect the temperature of the air in your tire, and in turn affect its air pressure and load rating. The Professional Grade experts can match your GMC with precisely the right tire style, with exactly the right load rating for the type of trailering you’ll be doing this summer.

After all these measures, your GMC can be in prime trailering condition. However, without a proper hitch that has been professionally installed, smooth sailing is not guaranteed. The technicians at your GMC dealer will help you understand the difference among a weight-carrying hitch, weight-distributing hitch, and a gooseneck hitch – and which one you’ll need for your purposes. It’s also a good idea to have them install it so that the turns, hills, and stops you trailer through can be met with confidence.

While you’re focused on soaking up every last drop of summer, the Professional Grade service experts stand ready to help your GMC pull its weight – and then some. Make an appointment at your GMC dealer today.

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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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Requires Crew Cab with available 6.2L V-8 and 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.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of 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 vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

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

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