Chevy has published a video on its YouTube channel that shows Chevy truck owners how to properly determine the maximum towing capacity for their particular vehicle.
This video starts by explaining some basic towing terminology for less informed viewers. This includes Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), which is the maximum allowable weight of the vehicle including passengers and cargo, along with Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR), which is the maximum allowable weight of both the vehicle and the trailer it is towing. Terms like Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) and Tongue Weight are also addressed, which are the allowable max weights for the axles and the trailer hitch tongue, respectively.
Once Chevy truck owners know these terms, they can pull up their phone or computer and visit Chevrolet’s dedicated online towing information guide (GM Authority readers can access the landing page at this link), which allows the user to input their truck model variant and model year. The website will then provide the user with the correct trailering information for their vehicle. Users can also check the towing section in the user’s manual included with the vehicle, or simply check the trailering information label in the driver’s side door jamb.
There’s one other way that Chevy truck owners can determine the maximum towing capacity for their truck, too. Users can tap the Load Calculator function in the MyChevrolet mobile app, which will allow them to input all their trailer information into the app. The app will then automatically calculate the combined weight ratings and determine if the vehicle with the hitched trailer is ready to hit the road, or if it’s too heavy.