2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity (with Charts & Payload)

Without the max towing package, the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 can tow up to between 5,200 and 9,800 lbs and up to 12,500 lbs with the Max Trailering Package.

Any trailer over 2,000 lbs requires its own braking system and any weight over 7,000 lbs requires a weight-distributing hitch.

If you are looking for the towing capacity of your 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500, look no further, this article will give you the towing capacity for each model.

Though I tried to make this information as accurate as possible, you should always check your manual or contact your local dealer to determine the appropriate towing capacity of your vehicle and necessary equipment.

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TRIMS

The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 has 8 different trims for the standards 1500.

  • WT
  • LS
  • LT
  • LTZ
  • Custom
  • LT Z71
  • LTZ Z71
  • High Country

CAB AND BED SIZES

The cab types in the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 are Regular, Double Cab, and Crew Cab.

The regular is a single-row seating cab, while the Double Cab and Crew cab can support two different rows of passengers.

The Double cab is slightly smaller than the Crew in both length, rear-seat space, and rear door sizes.

Bed Sizes

There are three main bed sizes for the Silverado 1500. These include the short, standard, and long bed.

The short bed is 5 ft 10 in., the standard bed is 6.5 ft, and the long bed is 8 ft.

The exact lengths are slightly different than what is listed above, but this helps to compare truck bed lengths to other similar models.

Are these bed sizes big, small or average? Read: Size of a Pickup Truck Bed & Styles to compare these bed sizes to other pickup trucks.

PACKAGES

There are a number of packages available with the Silverado, but when it comes to towing packages, there are only two available. The Max Trailering Package and the Trailering Package.

Trailering Package (Z82)

The trailering package does not offer any extra towing capacity capabilities, but does allow the Silverado to now accommodate towing. The Silverado does not come with any towing equipment available unless the trailering package is added.

This simply adds the equipment needed to connect a trailer to the vehicle. See items below:

  • Trailer Hitch
  • 4 pin/7 pin connectors
  • Automatic Locking Rear Differential

Max Trailering Package

The Max Trailering package includes everything in the trailering package and some. Unlike the Trailering package, the max trailering package can provide additional towing capacity to the vehicle than what is listed by Chevrolet.

  • Trailering Package
  • Enhanced cooling radiator
  • heavy duty rear springs
  • Integrated trailer brake controller

TOWING CAPACITY BY ENGINE

To determine the towing capacity of your vehicle, you need to know the:

  1. engine type
  2. bed size
  3. cab size
  4. drivetrain
  5. axle ratio

If you know all of these items, then move on to the next section by engine to determine your towing capacity.

If not:

  1. Start with the VIN decoder from Autozone to determine the engine in the vehicle
  2. Measure the bed size with a tape measure to determine whether you have a short, long, or standard bed
  3. The cab size should be evident by whether or not you have two rows and if the back doors are full-sized
  4. Drivetrain should be determined with the VIN as well
  5. The axle ratio will be listed on the side of the driver’s door on the certification sticker

What sets Chevrolet apart from other manufacturers is that they include all the important towing information on the side of the passenger door on the certification trailering sticker.

Here you will find GCWR, GVWR, curb weight, payload, and towing ratings. This is the best way to ensure you have the appropriate measures for your Silverado.

You may be interested in: What is GVWR?

chevy silverado 1500 certification label 2021

ENGINES IN 2018 CHEVY SILVERADO 1500

The Chevy Silverado 1500 is available with the following engines:

  • 4.3 L Ecotec3 V6
  • 5.3 L Ecotec3 V8
  • 6.2 L Ecotec3 V8
4.3 L5.3 L6.2 L
Regular Cab
Standard Box
xx
Regular Cab
Long Bed
xx
Double Cab
Standard Bed
xxx
Crew Cab
Short Bed
xxx
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
xx (4×4)
Engine compatibility with Chevy Silverado 1500 configurations 2018

TOWING CAPACITY BY ENGINE

Chevrolet separates the towing capacity of a Silverado by the engine type inside the truck rather than the trim.

So this section is going to provide you with the towing capacities listed in the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 ebrochure, the 2018 Chevy Trailering Guide, and the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Owner’s Manual.

Before you read on to find your specific towing capacity by engine, you should know that this information is used for comparison purposes. You will find the appropriate towing capacity by calculating it yourself/looking at your individual trailering sticker.

The max towing capacity without the max trailering package is 5,200 – 9,800 lbs.

Do keep in mind that with the 2018 Silverado 1500, any weight being towed over 2,000 lbs requires that the trailer must be equipped with its own brake system. In addition, any towing weight over 7,000 lbs requires a weight distributing hitch.

how is towing capacity calculated

4.3 L ECOTEC3 V6 ENGINE TOWING CAPACITY

The 4.3 L EcoTec3 Engine in the Chevy Silverado 1500 is the only diesel engine offered in the family, but is not available with all cab and bed sizes.

It has 285 hp @ 5,300 rpm and 305 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3,900 rpm.

The GCWR of all vehicles with this engine is 11,000 for 4×2 and 12,800 lbs for 4×4 trucks. The max towing capacity of the 4.3 L engine in the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 is between 5,200 and 7,600 lbs.

PackageTowing Capacity (lbs)GCWR (lbs)
Regular Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
6,000/7,60011,000/12,800
Regular Cab
Long Bed
(4×2/4×4)
5,900/7,40011,000/12,800
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
5,600/7,10011,000/12,800
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
5,500/7,00011,000/12,800
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
High Desert Package5,200/6,70011,000/12,800
Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity for 4.3 L EcoTec3 V6 Engine (2018)

5.3 L ECOTEC3 V8 TOWING CAPACITY

The 5.3 L EcoTec2 V8 Engine in the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 has 355 hp @ 5,600 rpm and 383 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,100 rpm.

The max towing capacity of the 5.3 L engine is between 6,100 and 11,100 lbs in the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500.

Axle RatioMax Trailering
Package
Other PackageTowing Capacity (lbs)GCWR (lbs)
Regular Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.086,900/6,60012,000
Regular Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.428,900/8,60014,000
Regular Cab
Long Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.086,800/6,50012,000
Regular Cab
Long Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.429,800/9,50014,000
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.086,400/6,20012,000
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.429,400/9,20014,000
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.73x11,100/10,80016,800
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.08eAssist Package6,500/9,10012,200
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2)
3.42eAssist Package9,40015,200
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.08
6,400/6,100
12,000
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.429,400/9,10014,000
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.73x11,000/10,70016,800
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4) 8-speed automatic
3.429,300/9,10015,000
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4) 8-speed automatic
3.42X11,000/10,70016,700
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.086,300/6,10012,000
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.429,300/9,10014,000
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.73x11,000/10,70016,800
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4) 8-speed automatic
3.429,300/9,10015,000
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4) 8-speed automatic
3.42x10,900/10,70016,700
Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity for 5.3 L EcoTec3 Engine (2018)

6.2 L ECOTEC3 V8 TOWING CAPACITY

The 6.2 L EcoTec3 V8 Engine is the larger engine of the EcoTec3 family in the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500. It is only available with 4×4 wheel drive trucks.

It has 420 hp @ 5,600 rpm and 460 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,100 rpm.

The GCWR of all vehicles with this engine is 15,000 lbs for the base. The max towing capacity of the 6.2 L engine is between 9,000 and 12,500 lbs in the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500.

Max Trailering
Package
TrimTowing Capacity lbsGCWR (lbs)
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
9,400/9,10015,000
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
x12,500/11,80018,200/17,700
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
9,300/9,10015,000
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
x12,500/11,70018,200/17,700
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
9,300/9,00015,000
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
x11,900/11,70017,700
Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity for 6.2 L EcoTec3 Engine (2018)

2018 CHEVY SILVERADO TOWING CAPACITY CHARTS

CONVENTIONAL TOWING

REGULAR CAB

2018 chevy silverado 1500 towing capacity chart regular cab-min
2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity Chart Regular Cab

DOUBLE CAB

2018 chevy silverado 1500 towing capacity chart double cab
2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity Chart Double Cab

CREW CAB

2018 chevy silverado 1500 towing capacity chart crew cab-min
2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity Chart Crew Cab pt1

5TH WHEEL/GOOSENECK TOWING

The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 can tow up to 11,600 lbs with a 5th wheel/gooseneck trailer.

2018 chevy silverado 1500 5th wheel gooseneck towing capacity chart

PAYLOAD CAPACITY AND CURB WEIGHT

Though you probably came here for the towing capacity of your Chevy Silverado, it is also important you understand and know the payload capacity of your truck.

If you are new to payload capacity, read: What is GVWR? to get a better understanding. Similarly, even if you know your towing capacity and don’t exceed it, you need to make sure you are not exceeding the payload capacity at the same time.

I explain this in more detail in How towing capacity is calculated?

Payload capacity refers to the amount of weight that can be safely carried in a truck (including cargo and passengers).

Curb weight is the amount of weight that the truck weighs without anything in it and is used to calculate towing and payload capacity.

Without any package, the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 payload capacity is 1,640 – 1,985 lbs.

The curb weight of a pickup truck is based on the cab type, bed size, drive train, and engine. I’ve separated this article by engine to keep it consistent with the towing capacities.

4.3 L ECOTEC3 V6 ENGINE PAYLOAD CAPACITY AND WEIGHT

The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 max payload capacity for the 4.3 L engine is between 1,470 and 1,980 lbs.

Payload Capacity (lbs)
Regular Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
1,960/1,880
Regular Cab
Long Bed
(4×2/4×4)
1,980/1,920
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
1,980/1,840
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
1,840/1,770
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
High Desert Package
1,550/1,470
Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity for 4.3 L EcoTec3 V6 Engine (2018)

5.3 L ECOTEC3 V8 PAYLOAD CAPACITY AND WEIGHT

The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 max payload capacity for the 5.3 L engine is between 1,670 and 2,250 lbs.

Axle RatioMax Trailering
Package
Other PackagePayload Capacity (lbs)
Regular Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.081,920/1,870
Regular Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.421,920/1,870
Regular Cab
Long Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.081,980/1,930
Regular Cab
Long Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.421,980/1,930
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.081,890/1,850
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.421,890/1,850
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.73x2,250/2,220
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.08eAssist Package1,880/1,750
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2)
3.42eAssist Package1,810
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.08
1,810/1,760
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.421,810/1,760
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.73x2,170/2,120
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4) 8-speed automatic
3.421,760/1,730
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4) 8-speed automatic
3.42X2,130/2,090
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.081,730/1,710
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.421,730/1,710
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
3.73x2,090/2,070
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4) 8-speed automatic
3.421,690/1,670
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4) 8-speed automatic
3.42x2,000/2,040
Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity for 5.3 L EcoTec3 Engine (2018)

6.2 L ECOTEC V8 PAYLOAD CAPACITY AND WEIGHT

The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 max payload capacity for the 6.0 L engine is between 1,640 and 2,150 lbs.

Max Trailering
Package
TrimPayload Capacity lbs
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
1,820/1,780
Double Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
x2,150/2,110
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
1,740/1,690
Crew Cab
Short Bed
(4×2/4×4)
x2,080/2,030
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
1,660/1,640
Crew Cab
Standard Bed
(4×2/4×4)
x2,000/1,980
Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity for 6.2 L EcoTec3 Engine (2018)

TONGUE WEIGHT OF 2018 CHEVY SILVERADO

The tongue load is the amount of weight that can be exerted on a trailer hitch.

For most trailers, this value is 10-15% of the total trailer weight.

How can you make sure you don’t exceed this value?

You can make sure of this by weighing the tongue weight of your trailer.

Not sure how? Check out What is trailer tongue weight? & How to Measure It

CONCLUSION

Though this guide provides good guidance on how much you can tow with your 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500, you should always calculate your own towing capacity.

Not sure how? Read: How is Towing Capacity Calculated? Here you will find a helpful calculator as well.

You’ll still need the GCWR, which should be appropriately listed here, but you should double-check your manual and sticker before you make a final decision.

And don’t forget that you need to consider the trailer tongue weight as well to make sure you don’t exceed your payload capacity and have an evenly distributed trailer. Read: What is trailer tongue weight? & How to Measure It

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