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Parts Needed to Tow a 5.5K Trailer with a 2018 Chevy Colorado

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I own a 2018 Chevy Colorado with a towing capacity of 7k pounds. Towing a 5500 pound trailer is within the max but I am confortable with just the math. Can I really do this? And what do I need to do to the truck? Thanks

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I took a look at the online owner's manual for your 2018 Chevy Colorado and it looks like as long as you have the 3.6L V6 (not the ZR2) then you definitely can safely tow up to a 7K trailer.

With that being said, there are a few things to note; like how much weight you have in the pickup, if the 5,500 lbs for the trailer is GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) or if that's the dry weight, and that you'll need both a brake controller and a weight distribution system. I'm assuming you already have a hitch and wiring but if you don't I recommend using the etrailer hitch # e98909 and the Hopkins Wiring # HM11141144.

Then for a brake controller I really like the Curt Echo # C51180 because it simply plugs into your 7-Way connector and then you can use an Apple or Android device to adjust settings. When you aren't towing you can easily store the controller in your glove box.

For a weight distribution system I highly recommend the Reese Strait-Line # RP66084 because it has one of the best anti-sway systems on the market. This means that it will be a lot easier to maintain control while towing with cross-winds or when being passed by larger vehicles. This has a tongue weight range of 600 lbs - 1,200 lbs and since you combine both the loaded tongue weight of your trailer with any weight behind the rear axle of your vehicle, this will give you ample support for loading up your truck bed.

It is worth noting that you want to try to keep the tongue weight of your trailer within 10-15% of the weight of the trailer. I recommend using our Tongue Weight Scale # e99044 to help make sure you properly load your trailer all the time.

Attached are some review videos and helpful articles that you can check out.

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