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Old 04-06-2014, 04:32 PM   #15
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Sharon,
This is taken from the link above for your vehicle. You may find it helpful.

Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon
Vehicle Engine Tow Limit (LB) Man/Auto
Colorado/Canyon Reg Cab 2WD 2.9L I-4 2,400 (g)/3,400 (g)
Colorado/Canyon Reg Cab 2WD 3.7L I-5 NA/4,000 (g)
Colorado/Canyon Ext Cab 2WD 2.9L I-4 2,200 (g)/3,200 (g)
Colorado/Canyon Ext Cab 2WD 3.7L I-5 NA/5,500 (g)
Colorado/Canyon Ext Cab 2WD 5.3L V-8 NA/6,000 (e)
Colorado/Canyon Ext Cab 2WD 5.3L V-8 NA/4,000 (e)**
Colorado/Canyon CC 2WD 2.9L I-4 2,100 (g)/3,000 (g)
Colorado/Canyon CC 2WD 3.7L I-5 NA/5,500 (g)
Colorado/Canyon CC 2WD 5.3L V-8 NA/6,000 (e)
Colorado/Canyon CC 2WD 5.3L V-8 NA/3,800 (e)**

e = 3.42:1 axle ratio
g = 3.73:1 axle ratio
**With the ZQ8 Suspension Package.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:49 PM   #16
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WHOA..... I looked at the chart several times and didn't see anything that indicated that it was for 2008 GMC Canyon trucks. The only date I could find was a copyright 2014 date at the bottom of the file, suggesting that it was for current production trucks. In as much as GM may have made any number of changes in drivelines, brakes and suspension in the previous 6 years, using that data has little chance of applying to 2008 U.S. vehicles.

As I mentioned, in 2008 I looked at buying a GMC Canyon to replace my then 5 y.o. 2003 GMC Sonoma and found that the tow limit for a similar Canyon, 4 cylinder, 5 speed, extended cab was even lower than the limit of 2000 lbs on my Sonoma, so I kept the Sonoma. BTW: I don't think that they even offered the V8 listed in 2008.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:56 PM   #17
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I sort of went by the top two lines,

08 T O W I N G G U I D E 2008
Trailer Life 2008 Tow Ratings Guide

Not the first time I've been referred to as being anal retentive. But then again, I found this on the internet, so it must be right.

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Old 04-06-2014, 05:31 PM   #18
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thanks everyone for the advice & warm welcome! my truck is a 2008 gmc canyon, 2 wheel drive, no owner's manual.
If you go into a GM dealer and have them call up your trucks serial number up off their computer they will be able to provide you with more factual info as to its towing capacity than any of the info you will find on the internet.
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:07 PM   #19
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I was referring to the guide you posted in Post #11, which is not for 2008 GMC products. Maybe you could delete that to reduce confusion?

While Trailer Life tries to be accurate, when I researched new GMC's in 2008, it was 1800 lbs for 4 cylinder/5 sp drivelines. That's a number repeated in several other locations. The good news about the internet is that you can almost always find the answer you want, the bad news is the same. (BTW: I know I was looking in 2008 because that's when my 2003 Sonoma was paid off on a 5 year contract)

But, I'd still stick with a GM value, not a 3rd party compliation. But 2200 lb's isn't going to add much to her selection, but it would make packing a bit easier.

And, as complicated as the electrical system is in the Canyon, I'd suggest that the OP get a correct owners manual.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:23 PM   #20
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I was referring to the guide you posted in Post #11, which is not for 2008 GMC products. Maybe you could delete that to reduce confusion?
No, I won't delete the post. The information was applicable until the OP further refined the discussion by providing more details about their vehicle in Post # 12.

Carol provides the best general information by suggesting the OP go to a dealer. Unless the owner is the original owner that intimately knows the vehicle history, almost anything could have been swapped out by some well intended individual. A dealer should be able to readily confirm that the components of the vehicle match the VIN's build specs. Once that has been done, they could provide the tow ratings.
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my truck is a 2008 gmc canyon, 2 wheel drive, no owner's manual.
BTW you can download your owners manual for free from JustGiveMeTheDamn Manual.com

The towing capacity ranges from only 2,100lbs to 6000lbs depending of if you have a manual or automatic transmission, a Regular cab or an extended cab or a 2.9L, 3.87L or a 5.3L engine. GMC also requires brakes on any trailer you tow that weighs more than a 1000 lbs.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:52 PM   #22
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wow, I didn't know it could be this complicated! I wish I could afford a truck with some muscle so this wouldn't matter, but this will have to do til I hit that lottery, lol! thanks everyone, I'm calling a dealer in the morning
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wow, I didn't know it could be this complicated! I wish I could afford a truck with some muscle so this wouldn't matter, but this will have to do til I hit that lottery, lol! thanks everyone, I'm calling a dealer in the morning
You can save yourself the call and just down load the manual and assuming you know what engine is in it - if you do not it may say somewhere on the top of the engine. You know if you have a automatic vs a manual and you also know if its a regular cab or an extended cab or crew cab .... don't think its to likely anyone changed either of those items on it
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:05 PM   #24
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I popped the hood, it sez 2.9L, automatic trans, extended cab, so I can go up to 3400! whoo hoo! I was beginning to think I was stuck with a tent, lol!
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It's hard to pull a tent.
And even harder to push one.
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I popped the hood, it sez 2.9L, automatic trans, extended cab, so I can go up to 3400! whoo hoo! I was beginning to think I was stuck with a tent, lol!
Nope - looks like you may have taken the regular cab rating. Per the manual the Extended cab is 3200lbs with a 500lb tongue limit. Brakes needed on any trailer over 1000lbs and also important to note the manual also reads in part:

"Maximum trailer weight is calculated assuming only the driver is in the tow vehicle and it has all the required trailering equipment. The weight of additional optional equipment, passengers and cargo in the tow vehicle must be subtracted from the maximum trailer weight."

So if you a fiberglass tongue cover or canopy on the truck you need to subtract the weight of those from the max trailer weight, also any passengers, dogs, luggage etc carried in the truck needs to come off of it as well.
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It's hard to pull a tent.
And even harder to push one.
Oh, how I wish we just had a "like" button. That is hilarious.
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Be nice, My, soon to be for sale, 1983 StarCraft 14, @ 715 lbs., and my 1988 Palomino Shetland @ 740 lbs are both tents (albeit tent trailers) and both pull just fine and both have more room and sleeping capacity inside that any of the 13's FGRV's.
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