Do not exceed the lowest rating capacity for your vehicle or trailer hitch. Overloading your vehicle or trailer hitch can impair your vehicle stability and handling. Failure to follow this instruction could result in the loss of control of your vehicle, personal injury or death.|
Do not cut, drill, weld or modify the trailer hitch. Modifying the trailer hitch could reduce the hitch rating.
The standard integrated hitch has two ratings depending on mode of operation:
- Weight-carrying mode requires a draw bar and hitch ball. The draw bar supports all the vertical tongue load of the trailer.
- Weight-distributing mode requires an aftermarket weight-distributing system, which includes draw bar, hitch ball, spring bars and snap-up brackets. This system distributes the vertical tongue load of the trailer between the truck and the trailer.
||Hitch Mode 1, 2
||Maximum Trailer Weight 3
||Maximum Tongue Load
||Maximum Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) 3
||5000 lb (2,267 kg)||500 lb (226 kg)||11100 lb (5,034 kg)|
||6000 lb (2,721 kg)||600 lb (272 kg)||12050 lb (5,465 kg)|
||5000 lb (2,267 kg)||500 lb (226 kg)||11550 lb (5,239 kg)|
||8000 lb (3,628 kg)||800 lb (362 kg)||14250 lb (6,463 kg)|
1Hitch receivers do not include a hitch ball or ball mounting. The vehicle owner is responsible for obtaining the proper hitch ball, ball mounting, weight-distributing equipment (such as equalizing arms, snap-up brackets and sway control system) and other appropriate equipment to tow both the trailer and its cargo load.
2 5th-wheel towing is not recommended.
3 Calculated with SAE J2807 method.
Do not adjust the spring bars so that your vehicle's rear bumper is higher than before attaching the trailer. Doing so will defeat the function of the weight-distributing hitch, which may cause unpredictable handling, and could result in serious personal injury.|
A weight-distributing hitch is required to tow over
5000 lb (2,267 kg) maximum trailer weight or
500 lb (226 kg) tongue weight due to your vehicle's high travel suspension tuning.
Follow these steps to setup a weight-distributing hitch that helps maintain the proper angle of your tow vehicle and trailer for better combination control.
- Park the loaded vehicle, without the trailer, on a level surface.
- Measure the height to the top of your vehicle's front wheel opening on the fender. This is H1.
- Attach the loaded trailer to your vehicle without the weight-distributing bars connected.
- Measure the height to the top of your vehicle's front wheel opening on the fender a second time. This is H2.
- Install and adjust the tension in the weight-distributing bars so that the height of your vehicle's front wheel opening on the fender is approximately half the way down from H2, toward H1.
- Check that the trailer is level or slightly nose down toward your vehicle. If not, adjust the ball height accordingly and repeat Steps 2-6.
When the trailer is level or slightly nose down toward the vehicle:
- Lock the bar tension adjuster in place.
- Check that the trailer tongue securely attaches and locks onto the hitch.
- Install safety chains, lighting, and trailer brake controls as required by law or the trailer manufacturer.
Refer to the Towing chapter in your Owner's Manual for additional towing information such as suggested towing pre-checks, calculating max trailer weight for your vehicle, load placement guidance, trailer electrical connector information, using safety chains, sway control function, trailer brakes, and using the integrated trailer brake controller.