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How much weight?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Pietro, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    Okay so Ive decided to get a trailer. Im going to get a 5X10. I was wondering how much weight my 2002 Chevy S-10 can tow. Its only a 4 cylnder......Im going to put the Tow Ball on it.......Ive got a 36 Metro, 48 Scag and a push mower, and blower, edger and weed eater......This will be okay?
  2. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    With a 4 banger, I am sure it is rated to pull about 2000 lbs. you are going to be towing the trailer from the rear bumper right? I think the max tongue weight is 500 lbs. I would not drive this setup too far or beat on it hard. You might be pushing the weight a little, but see how it feels.
  3. OGM_Mows

    OGM_Mows LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Check the owner's manual. Also, get a frame mounted hitch, you'll be glad you did.
  4. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    ill second the frame mounted, class 3 hitch. step bumpers are rated at 200 pounds tongue weight, or even less. sometimes the pickups were ordered by dealers who installed aftermarket el cheapo step bumpers to save a few bucks. ive seen them installed by 4 , 3/8 grade 2 bolts. im surprised it held the weight of the bumper, much less pulled a trailer. and consult your owners manual for the towing capacity. a 5000 pound hitch doesnt raise the trucks towing capacity over what GM said it sould tow.
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    Sounds like you should be okay. You'll probably be close to the limit but you should be okay. Keep the engine and trans oil clean!
  6. rickt

    rickt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    Check your owners manual or your rear bumper where the ball goes on the bumper (i dont suggest pulling with the bumper, just look for refrence) and it should tell you on there whats your max towing weight for your auto.

    Also just a word of advice, dont go out and buy the biggest hitch you can find for a cheap price 10,000lb hitch for $149 etc, always get a hitch that is recommended for your truck, a S-10 would probably be a 1-2 Class hitch, i have seen some people that drive Rangers go out and get a class 5 hitch which is rated at 10,000lbs and then try to tow (3) riding mowers only to screw up there truck.
  7. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    I went ahead and got a frame hitch thrown on there. The truck doesnt exactly LOVE towing the trailer, but it works. Thats for the help fellas.
  8. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 680

    good thing u got the hitch frame on there...just dont beat the sh't of of the truck while pulling and it will be just fine...oh one more thingg is ur s10 4x4 or 2x4 b.c sometimes when i pull a 14footer i put mine in 4x4 it seems to work a little better and ur not on the clutch a lot and thats if u drive a stick...lol
  9. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    not a 4x4 and its automatic tranny.......i take it nice and easy with the trailer on there.
  10. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Keep the transmission out of overdrive. That will help keep it from overheating. You might want to think about a transmission cooler and temperature guage.

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