Trucks are loved by drivers of all ages for their tough stances, impressive performance, and sheer capability. Unfortunately, that capability isn’t put to any use if you don’t know how to hitch a trailer to your ChevroletSilverado. Here’s a quick walkthrough on how to do just that.
The first step in hitching a trailer to any truck in the Chevrolet Silverado line is to determine your vehicle’s maximum towing capacity. A properly equipped Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,500 pounds. The heavy duty Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD can tow up to 18,100 pounds and 23,300 pounds, respectively.
Once you’ve determined your truck can handle the weight, it’s time to move on to securing the trailer. Fortunately, hitching a trailer is a fairly simple process.
First, position the Chevrolet Silverado so you can back straight up to the trailer you want to hitch. Make sure to raise the trailer tongue ball socket until it’s clear of the ball. Once the tongue coupler is over the ball, stop the vehicle.
Lower the coupler socket onto the trailer hitch until the trailer is attached to the ball. Secure the ball by closing the coupler clamp. Lock it using a pin or lock. Cross the safety chains beneath the tongue.
Secure the electrical wiring for the trailer lights and electrical brake. Ensure that everything is in place, then start the vehicle and head to your destination.