Dive into the world of the 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500, a pickup truck that boasts impressive towing and payload capacities. With our in-depth analysis, supported by official data and visually engaging charts, you’ll gain a clear understanding of what this powerhouse can achieve.

So, are you excited to delve into the remarkable capabilities of this versatile pickup truck? Let’s get started.

According to the official specifications, the 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 towing capacity ranges from 3,400 to 9,200 lbs. The payload capacity, on the other hand, varies from 1,215 to 2,783 lbs.

It’s not just about the numbers. Factors such as engine variant, model type, Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR), and specific truck setups play a pivotal role.

EngineAxle RatioMax Towing CapacityMax GCWR
5.3L V84.19,200 lbs. (4 173 kg)14,000 lbs (6,350 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)4.18,200 lbs. (3 719 kg)13,000 lbs (5,902 kg)
4.3L V6 (Auto)3.735,300 lbs. (2 404 kg)10,000 lbs (4,540 kg)
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity Charts

Continue reading to unveil a detailed exploration of these figures and how they translate to on-road performance.

For your peace of mind, all data presented is corroborated by authoritative sources, including Chevrolet’s official website (Chevrolet.com) and the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Pickup Truck Brochure.

2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity Charts

For your convenience, we’ve compiled charts with the official towing and payload capacity data for all models of the 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500, sourced directly from official resources.

Below are the charts that I’ve found from the official resources.

2004 Chevy Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity Chart (Regular Cab, Extended Cab, Crew Cab)
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2004 Chevy Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity Chart (Regular Cab, Extended Cab, Crew Cab) 2
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2004 Chevy Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity Chart (Regular Cab, Extended Cab, Crew Cab) 3
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2004 Chevy Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity Chart (Regular Cab, Extended Cab, Crew Cab) 4
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity Chart 4
2004 Chevy Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity Chart (Regular Cab, Extended Cab, Crew Cab) 5
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity Chart 5
2004 Chevy Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity Chart (Regular Cab, Extended Cab, Crew Cab) 6
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity Chart 6

What do 4300 V6, 4800 V8, 5300 V8, 6000 V8, and w/4WS written in the charts mean?

These terms refer to the different vehicle engine configurations, both in terms of their engine displacement and type, as well as potential added features.

The designations 4300 V6, 4800 V8, 5300 V8, 6000 V8, and so on refer to engine configurations, with numbers indicating engine displacement in cubic centimeters (cc) and letters representing cylinder arrangements.

For example: A 4300 V6 has a 4.3-liter displacement with six cylinders arranged in a V-shape, while a 4800 V8 has a 4.8-liter capacity with eight cylinders in a V-configuration.

The V6 or V8 indicates the configuration and number of cylinders in the engine. Features like “w/4WS” denote additional vehicle features beyond the engine itself.

5.3L V8 Engine Towing Capacity

Moving on to the 5.3L V8 Engine, it maintains the same axle ratio of 4.1. However, its towing capacity standing tall at 9,200 lbs. (4 173 kg). Interestingly, despite its higher towing capacity, its GCWR is slightly less at 14,000 lbs (6,350 kg).

4.8L V8 Engine Towing Capacity

The 4.8L V8 Engine with an automatic transmission also operates on the 4.1 axle ratio. This engine setup provides a towing capacity of 8,200 lbs. (3,719 kg) and has a GCWR of 13,000 lbs (5,902 kg).

4.3L V6 Engine Towing Capacity

Lastly, the 4.3L V6 Engine equipped with an automatic transmission has an axle ratio of 3.73. This configuration can tow up to 5,300 lbs. (2 404 kg), and its GCWR is 10,000 lbs (4,540 kg). All these figures are essential in understanding the towing prowess of the 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500, catering to various needs and preferences of truck enthusiasts.

It’s important to note that the capacities in these configurations vary depending on their configuration such as box, transmission, engine options, and axle ratio.

These comprehensive charts illustrate the peak capabilities across various engine options, incorporating details on GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating), Axle Ratio, and maximum towing capacities. Let’s dive further into the details.

2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Tow Ratings

For those invested in the 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Regular Cab, towing is a serious consideration. Let’s dive into the specifications to help you discern which configuration offers the maximum towing power.

Regular Cab Short Box (2WD)

For the 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Short Box (2WD) model, when it comes to maximizing your towing prowess, the engine and axle ratio play a vital role.

In this configuration, the 5.3L V8 with a 3.73 axle ratio stands out as the champion. It provides a robust towing capacity of 8,500 lbs (3,765 kg) and a GCWR of 13,000 lbs (5,897 kg).

VehicleAxle RatioMax. Trailer WeightGCWR
4.3L V6 (Auto)3.084,600 lbs. (2,087 kg)9,000 lbs. (4 082 kg)
4.3L V6 (Auto)3.425,100 lbs. (2,313 kg)9,500 lbs. (4 309 kg)
4.3L V6 (Manual)3.083,600 lbs. (1 633 kg)8,000 lbs. (3 628 kg)
4.3L V6 (Manual)3.424,100 lbs. (1 860 kg)8,500 lbs. (3 855 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)3.426,500 lbs. (2 948 kg)11,000 lbs. (4 994 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)3.737,500 lbs. (3 401 kg)12,000 lbs. (5 443 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.424,500 lbs. (2 041 kg)9,000 lbs. (4 082 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.735,500 lbs. (2 495 kg)10,000 lbs. (4 535 kg)
5.3L V83.427,500 lbs. (3 401 kg)12,000 lbs. (5 443 kg)
5.3L V83.738,500 lbs. (3 855 kg)13,000 lbs. (5 897 kg)
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Short Box (2WD)

Regular Cab Short Box (4WD)

Switching gears to the 4WD configuration of the Regular Cab Short Box, the 5.3L V8 equipped with a 4.10 axle ratio emerges as the frontrunner. It boasts an impressive towing capacity of 9,200 lbs. (4 173 kg) and a GCWR of 14,000 lbs (6,356 kg).

VehicleAxle RatioMax. Trailer WeightGCWR
4.3L V6 (Auto)3.424,800 lbs. (2 177 kg)9,500 lbs. (4 313 kg)
4.3L V6 (Auto)3.735,300 lbs. (2 404 kg)10,000 lbs. (4 540 kg)
4.3L V6 (Manual)3.423,800 lbs. (1 724 kg)8,500 lbs. (3 859 kg)
4.3L V6 (Manual)3.734,300 lbs. (1 950 kg)9,000 lbs. (4 086 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)3.737,200 lbs. (3 265 kg)12,000 lbs (5,448 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)4.108,200 lbs. (3 719 kg)13,000 lbs (5,902 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.735,200 lbs. (2 359 kg)10,000 lbs (4,540 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)4.106,200 lbs. (2 812 kg)11,000 lbs (4,994 kg)
5.3L V83.738,200 lbs. (3 719 kg)13,000 lbs (5,902 kg)
5.3L V84.109,200 lbs. (4 173 kg)14,000 lbs (6,356 kg)
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Short Box (4WD)

Regular Cab Long Box (2WD)

Diving into the Long Box (2WD) specifications, the towing supremacy remains with the 5.3L V8 engine, especially when paired with the 3.73 axle ratio. This powerhouse combination delivers a towing capacity of 8,300 lbs. (3 764 kg) and a GCWR of 13,000 lbs (5,902 kg).

VehicleAxle RatioMax. Trailer WeightGCWR
4.3L V6 (Auto)3.084,400 lbs. (1 995 kg)9,000 lbs. (4 086 kg)
4.3L V6 (Auto)3.424,900 lbs. (2 222 kg)9,500 lbs. (4 313 kg)
4.3L V6 (Manual)3.083,400 lbs. (1 542 kg)8,000 lbs. (3 632 kg)
4.3L V6 (Manual)3.423,900 lbs. (1 769 kg)8,500 lbs (3,859 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)3.426,300 lbs. (2 857 kg)11,000 lbs (4,994 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)3.737,300 lbs. (3 311 kg)12,000 lbs (5,448 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.424,300 lbs. (1 950 kg)9,000 lbs (4,086 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.735,300 lbs. (2 404 kg)10,000 lbs (4,540 kg)
5.3L V83.427,300 lbs. (3 311 kg)12,000 lbs (5,448 kg)
5.3L V83.738,300 lbs. (3 764 kg)13,000 lbs (5,902 kg)
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Long Box (2WD)

Regular Cab Long Box (4WD)

Lastly, in the Regular Cab Long Box (4WD) lineup, the 5.3L V8 engine with a 4.10 axle ratio takes the crown. This model can pull a substantial 9,000 lbs. (4 082 kg) and holds a GCWR of 14,000 lbs (6,350 kg).

VehicleAxle RatioMax. Trailer WeightGCWR
4.3L V6 (Auto)3.424,600 lbs. (2 086 kg)9,500 lbs. (4 309 kg)
4.3L V6 (Auto)3.735,100 lbs. (2 313 kg)10,000 lbs (4,536 kg)
4.3L V6 (Manual)3.423,400 lbs. (1 632 kg)8,500 lbs. (3 855 kg)
4.3L V6 (Manual)3.734,100 lbs. (1 859 kg)9,000 lbs (4,082 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)3.737,000 lbs. (3 175 kg)12,000 lbs (5,443 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)4.108,000 lbs. (3 628 kg)13,000 lbs (5,897 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.735,000 lbs. (2 267 kg)10,000 lbs (4,536 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)4.106,000 lbs. (2 721 kg)11,000 lbs (4,990 kg)
5.3L V83.738,000 lbs. (3 628 kg)13,000 lbs (5,897 kg)
5.3L V84.109,000 lbs. (4 082 kg)14,000 lbs (6,350 kg)
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Long Box (4WD)

2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab Tow Ratings

When it comes to the 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab, towing capacity varies significantly depending on the configuration. With different engines, axle ratios, and drivetrains, each setup offers unique performance.

Here’s a detailed breakdown to help you determine the ideal choice for your towing needs:

Extended Cab Short Box (2WD)

For those with the Extended Cab Short Box in a 2WD configuration, the model equipped with a 5.3L V8 w/4WS engine and an axle ratio of 4.10 stands out as the most capable in terms of towing.

This specific setup allows the Silverado to achieve a maximum towing capacity of a commendable 8,700 lbs. (3 946 kg). The inclusion of 4WS, which refers to the four-wheel steering system, often provides better maneuverability and stability, especially when towing heavy loads.

VehicleAxle RatioMax. Trailer WeightGCWR
4.3L V6 (Auto)3.424,700 lbs. (2 133 kg)9,500 lbs (4,309 kg)
4.3L V6 (Auto)3.735,200 lbs. (2 360 kg)10,000 lbs (4,536 kg)
4.3L V6 (Manual)3.423,700 lbs. (1 678 kg)8,500 lbs (3,859 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)3.426,100 lbs. (2 769 kg)11,000 lbs (4,990 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)3.737,100 lbs. (3 223 kg)12,000 lbs (5,443 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.424,100 lbs. (1 859 kg)9,000 lbs (4,086 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.735,100 lbs. (2 313 kg)10,000 lbs (4,540 kg)
5.3L V83.427,100 lbs. (3 223 kg)12,000 lbs (5,443 kg)
5.3L V83.738,100 lbs. (3 677 kg)13,000 lbs (5,897 kg)
5.3L V8 w/4WS3.737,700 lbs. (3 493 kg)13,000 lbs (5,897 kg)
5.3L V8 w/4WS4.108,700 lbs. (3 946 kg)14,000 lbs (6,350 kg)
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab Short Box (2WD)

Extended Cab Short Box (4WD)

Switching gears to the 4WD variant of the Extended Cab Short Box, the 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 equipped with the powerful 5.3L V8 engine and an axle ratio of 4.10 takes the lead.

This particular combination gives the truck an impressive maximum towing capacity of 8,800 lbs. (3 991 kg).

The four-wheel-drive system in this model offers enhanced traction, making it particularly suitable for towing in challenging terrains or under inclement weather conditions.

VehicleAxle RatioMax. Trailer WeightGCWR
4.8L V8 (Auto)3.736,800 lbs. (3 084 kg)12,000 lbs (5,443 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)4.107,800 lbs. (3 538 kg)13,000 lbs (5,897 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.734,800 lbs. (2 177 kg)10,000 lbs (4,535 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)4.105,800 lbs. (2 630 kg)11,000 lbs (4,990 kg)
5.3L V83.737,800 lbs. (3 538 kg)13,000 lbs (5,897 kg)
5.3L V84.108,800 lbs. (3 991 kg)14,000 lbs (6,350 kg)
5.3L V8 w/4WS3.737,400 lbs. (3 356 kg)13,000 lbs (5,897 kg)
5.3L V8 w/4WS4.108,400 lbs. (3 810 kg)14,000 lbs (6,350 kg)
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab Short Box (4WD)

Extended Cab Long Box (2WD)

In the 2WD Extended Cab Long Box configurations, the 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 boasting a 5.3L V8 engine and paired with an axle ratio of 3.73 emerges as the top contender.

This setup facilitates a robust towing capacity that maxes out at 7,900 lbs. (3 583 kg).

The longer box version can typically carry more cargo, but this often comes at the cost of a slightly reduced towing capacity compared to its short box counterpart.

VehicleAxle RatioMax. Trailer WeightGCWR
4.8L V8 (Auto)3.425,900 lbs. (2 676 kg)11,000 lbs (4,994 kg)
4.8L V8 (Auto)3.736,900 lbs. (3 129 kg)12,000 lbs (5,448 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.423,900 lbs. (1 769 kg)9,000 lbs (4,086 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.734,900 lbs. (2 222 kg)10,000 lbs (4,540 kg)
5.3L V83.426,900 lbs. (3 129 kg)12,000 lbs (5,448 kg)
5.3L V83.737,900 lbs. (3 583 kg)13,000 lbs (5,902 kg)
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab Long Box (2WD)

Extended Cab Long Box (4WD)

Finally, for those eyeing the 4WD version of the Extended Cab Long Box, the 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500, when outfitted with the 5.3L V8 engine and a 4.10 axle ratio, stands as the most adept tower.

It boasts a hefty maximum towing capacity of 8,600 lbs (3,900 kg). Much like its short-box sibling, the four-wheel-drive system enhances the vehicle’s towing prowess, especially in rough or slippery conditions.

VehicleAxle RatioMax. Trailer WeightGCWR
4.8 V83.736,600 lbs (2,993 kg)12,000 lbs (5,443 kg)
4.8 V84.107,600 lbs (3,447 kg)13,000 lbs (5,897 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)3.734,700 lbs. (2 133 kg)10,000 lbs (4,536 kg)
4.8L V8 (Manual)4.105,700 lbs. (2 587 kg)11,000 lbs (4,990 kg)
5.3L V83.737,600 lbs (3,447 kg)13,000 lbs (5,897 kg)
5.3L V84.108,600 lbs (3,900 kg)14,000 lbs (6,350 kg)
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab Long Box (4WD)

2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Tow Ratings

For those considering the Crew Cab configuration in a 2WD variant of the 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500, two primary setups offer different towing capabilities.

Crew Cab (2WD)

Firstly, there’s the model powered by a 5.3L V8 engine combined with an axle ratio of 3.23. This setup enables the Silverado to have a towing capacity of 6,800 lbs. (3 084 kg), with a Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 12,000 lbs (5,443 kg).

However, if you’re seeking a bit more towing prowess from your Crew Cab, there’s the variant equipped with the same 5.3L V8 engine but paired with a slightly higher axle ratio of 3.73.

This combination escalates the maximum towing capacity to a notable 7,800 lbs. (3 538 kg). Additionally, the GCWR for this setup is 13,000 lbs (5,897 kg), indicating its ability to handle heavier combined loads of both the vehicle and the trailer.

VehicleAxle RatioMax. Trailer WeightGCWR
5.3L V83.426,800 lbs. (3 084 kg)12,000 lbs (5,443 kg)
5.3L V8 3.73 7,800 lbs. (3 538 kg)13,000 lbs (5,897 kg)
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab (2WD)

Crew Cab (4WD)

VehicleAxle RatioMax. Trailer WeightGCWR
5.3L V84.108,500 lbs. (3 855 kg)14,000 lbs. (6 350 kg)
5.3L V8 3.73 7,500 lbs. (3 401 kg)13,000 lbs (5,897 kg)
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab (4WD)

2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Payload Capacity Charts

The Maximum Payload Capacity of a 2004 Chevy Silverado is 2,783 lbs depending on the specific configuration of your truck.

Let’s take a look at the payload capacities for each configuration of the 2004 Silverado 1500. Here I’ve presented the data based on the engine option.

2WD Payload Capacities

2WD pickupsCab TypeGVW
(lb/kg)
Curb Weight
(lb/kg)
Payload
(lb/kg)
C15703Reg. Cab Stand. Box6100 / 27674142 / 18791958 / 888
C15753 Ext. Cab Stand. Box6200 / 28124555 / 20661645 / 746
C15743Crew Cab Short Box8600 / 39005506 / 24973094 / 1403
C15903Reg. Cab Long Box6400 / 29034227 / 19172123 / 963
C15953Ext. Cab Long Box6400 / 29034828 / 21901572 / 713

4WD Payload Capacities

2WD pickupsCab TypeGVW
(lb/kg)
Curb Weight
(lb/kg)
Payload
(lb/kg)
K15703Reg. Cab Short Box6100 / 27674439 / 20131661 / 753
K15753Ext. Cab Short Box6400 / 29034925 / 22341475 / 669
K15743Crew Cab Short Box8600 / 39005817 / 26392783 / 1262
K15903Reg. Cab Long Box6400 / 29034579 / 20771821 / 826
K2500Ext. Cab Long Box6400 / 29035112 / 23191288 / 584

2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Guide

The standard hitch and tow package are versatile, accommodating a broad spectrum of trailers.

However, for those looking to tow 5th-wheel/Gooseneck or heavier trailers, it’s essential to equip your Silverado with either the Max Trailering Package or the Heavy-Duty Cooling Package.

These upgrades ensure your truck is primed to safely tow up to its peak limit of 9,200 lbs.

A few key points to remember:

  • Fifth-Wheel/Gooseneck Towing: This method requires a specialized hitch that’s mounted in the truck bed, typically chosen for hauling larger, weightier trailers.
  • Weight Considerations: Always ensure your vehicle and trailer combination doesn’t surpass the specified tongue weight, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), or Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (RGAWR).
  • Tongue Weight Calculation: Position the trailer’s tongue on a suitable scale to determine its weight.

2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Tongue Weight

  1. For conventional towing, the tongue weight should be between 10% and 15% of the loaded trailer weight.
  2. For 5th-wheel or gooseneck towing, aim for a tongue weight between 15% and 25% of the loaded trailer weight.

You can calculate the tongue weight by placing the tongue of the trailer on an appropriate scale.

By adhering to these guidelines, Silverado 1500 owners can ensure optimal and safe towing performance.

Resources Used

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Brochure PDF

Final Thoughts

The 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 stands out as a testament to power, versatility, and engineering excellence.

With a maximum towing capacity of 9,200 lbs and a maximum payload capacity of 2,783 lbs, it’s evident that this truck is crafted to cater to a broad spectrum of hauling requirements.

However, it’s essential to recognize that these capacities are not set in stone. They can fluctuate based on various determinants, including engine choice, model selection, GCWR, and specific configurations.

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