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Old 01-23-2016, 06:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Towing Cap for a 2006 Chevy 2500hd (Duramax)

I'm looking for tow ratings for 2006 2500HD (LBZ Diesel) I think I have a 373 rear end. Thanks!

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Welcome to the forum!

Towing capacities are covered in your manual, and yes, unless a previous owner changed the differential, your truck has 3.73 gears.

Towing capacity runs between 9700 and 10,500 pounds, depending on several things including 2wd vs 4wd and crew cab vs single cab vs extended cab.

Other things to consider are types of trailer, standard vs 5th wheel for example. With standard trailers, you need to know the tongue weight to make sure you are within the rating of the hitch. With a 5th wheel, you need to know the pin weight to make sure you are within the carrying or load capacity of the rear axle. Remember that in both cases, weights given by trailer manufacturers are dry weight and do not include loaded trailers which will effect both tongue and pin weight.

Lastly, the Talk to the Team section of the forum is for members having problems with the forum, not for questions outside that area. Since this area is only seen by moderators, no one else with valuable information can see your post. Therefore, I'm moving it to the Towing section where you should get more responses.

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Welcome to the diesel place. Tow ratings can sometimes be mis understood, and there are many variables. First, there are two separate tow ratings, one for pull behind trailers and the other for gooseneck/5th wheels. The gooseneck/5th wheel is always higher. The next is the maximum Gross Combined Vehicle Weight CCVW rating, which off the top of my head is around 23,500 lbs. This is the maximum rated weight for the combined load of the truck, cargo, passengers and loaded trailer. Next you have to look at axle and tire ratings. You should never tow a trailer that when loaded exceeds your tire ratings or axle ratings. I am more concerned about the tire ratings since I believe the axle is capable of much more that rated. To determine weights, you must utilize a scale and I recommend weighing all of your axles individually.

Now when you get done digesting all of this information, then you can read about all of the people including myself that routinely exceed these numbers, but making sure everything is working properly is very important. Tires full of air, trailer brakes working proper, weight distributed proper, etc.
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I'm looking for tow ratings for 2006 2500HD (LBZ Diesel) I think I have a 373 rear end. Thanks!
Maybe your better off telling us what you intend to tow and we could then advise you on what is needed to safely tow it.
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Are you trying to decide on how big a trailer you can safely tow (upcoming purchase) or just curious?
As IGO1320 said, tell us your plans/intentions and we can do whatever to assist you. Many of us tow, and of those, most have overloaded at least a few times.
And, welcome to the forum!
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