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Does a Hitch With a Higher Capacity Than the Tow Vehicle Increase Towing Capacity

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How does increasing hitch rating through the installation of an aftermarket hitch affect payload and or the trucks hitch rating. I can’t find anything regarding this on the internet. I am interested in the curt hitch, C15860. How does a hitch rated to 2,700 lbs affect my 2015 Silverado 2500 HD 6.0l with a stock hitch rating of 1,300 lbs. I want to tow a travel trailer toy hauler with a dry tongue weight of 1,150 lbs and want to do it safely. Thank you and good day.

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When it comes to towing components like hitches, you're always going to be limited to the capacity of your lowest rated components; so adding a higher rated hitch to your vehicle isn't going to increase your towing capacity or the payload.

From what I was able to determine with my research, the towing capacity of your 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with a 6.0L engine is 13000-lbs and the payload capacity is going to be somewhere between 3000-lbs and 3500-lbs depending on your trim package. The Curt # C15860 is going to allow you to tow up to the 13000-lbs capacity of your truck, but not any more; however it's still a great choice because of the quality and durability of Curt hitches. The powder coat on these hitches, I've found, are a bit more durable over the long term and will hold up to the rigors of towing much better than others.

If you also need a wiring harness for towing, the Curt # C55774 is a great choice that will provide you with a 7 way trailer connector for the back of your truck. This 7 way plugs into the existing US Car Connector behind the rear bumper of your truck

I've linked an installation video of the hitch that you can use as a reference when installing it.

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