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WHAT SIZE trailer can I pull with 2005 Equinox?

How much weight can I put on the hitch?

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  • MDDeff May 16, 2010

    Your subject and your question pose two different questions. First question; is your trailer hitch something that was installed by chevy? or is it an after-market hitch?

  • gdtnoble May 16, 2010

    My hitch was fabricated and installed by a
    professional fabricater and welder
    about a 5000lb. hitch

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A few things that should be mentioned

1) After looking up the manual for a 2005 Chevy Equinox, the absolute maximum weight you can tow is 3500 lbs (with a tongue weight of 350 lbs) but please read on.

2) This number is only obtainable by using a Weight Distributing Hitch, (refereed to as a "Weight-Carrying hitch" in your manual) which requires more hardware and a slightly more complicated set-up.

3) for towing without a weight distributing hitch, your maximum weight is going to be 2000 lbs. (including the occupants in the vehicle. And again, your tongue weight can only be 10-15%

Your vehicle's manual provides excellent information on setting up towing with your vehicle, and I recommend you read over it. If you dont have your manual any more, it can be found on-line see link below. (Section 4 pages 39-45 are relevant to the topic)

http://gmprotectionplanwarranty.com/owners-manual/chevrolet/2005-Chevrolet-Equinox.pdf

The fact that the hitch is a custom build brings up some concern; while I am not doubting the abilities of the Machinist who made it, unless it is certified, not only is their a safety issue, there is also possible legal repercussions, I would highly recommend you consult your local DMV office or your call your state's sheriffs office for more information.

If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me!

Happy and Safe Trailering!

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