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Can a 2004/2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Pull a 5th Wheel Trailer

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My buddy is giving me a great deal on his 5th wheel camper and Id really like to get it because our current camper is gutted and its going to take more money in material alone for that small camper then what I can buy this ready to use 5th wheel for but I have 2 trucks and they both are Silverado 1500 Z71s a 04 and a 06 and Ive never pulled a 5th wheel so I idk the rules ir regulations fir pulling one .

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The towing capacity for your 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and your 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are going to vary greatly depending on options but can be as high as 8,900 lbs. The best way to find out what the exact towing capacity is for either Chevrolet Silverado is to compare the options that you have to the chart listed on page 4-70 to 4-75 of your owner's manual.

If it turns out that you are able to pull the 5th wheel then you will need a few items in order to do so. If either truck has a 6-1/2' bed then you will need a sliding 5th wheel hitch but if either has an 8' bed then you can use a fixed 5th wheel hitch. For a 5th wheel hitch, I really like the Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # C16115 for fixed or part # 16516 for slider. This is a great option for a first hitch that won't break the bank. In order to install this, you will also need to use the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit part # C16418-204.

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