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Old 09-02-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
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Towing w/ Denali???

Anybody out there towing with a Denali?
I'm dissapointed with my Yukon XL.( 3.42 rear axle )
TT dry weight is 6600# + family of 6.

We leave for Florida in 6 weeks and feel the trip will be too much for our TV.
We would like to stay with the half ton model over of the 3/4 ton.
Most of the towing we do around Wisconsin is easy going enough, but think we should have more muscle for the long haul.

Any suggestions with the Denali?
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:32 PM   #2
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If it's a 2wd it shouldn't cost much to change gears to 3.73 or 4.10. That will make a big difference.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:39 PM   #3
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It's 4wd.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:19 PM   #4
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It would still be cheaper to change gears then buy new truck. My dad has a Escalade with a 6.0L and I assume 3.42 gearing. I'm not overly impressed with how it tows. If you buy a new one I would make sure that it has 3.73 gearing. I doubt the Denali is available with anything other the 3.42 but I might be wrong.
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:14 AM   #5
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Why are you shying away from a 3/4 ton? I think you be much happier pulling with a bigger TV because that it a very big camper your hauling.
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:16 AM   #6
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I have a yukon denali, but tow with my 3/4 ton truck. I am fairly certain the yukon would pull as good as my truck, that thing has power to spare. This had some to do with my recent purchase of a TT over a 5er, mikght want to pull it with the yukon.
The 6.0 (older and what I have) or the newer 6.2 have a lot more power than you current ride and the air ride should make it ride nice.
Now, having said that, I still prefer the ride and stability of having the 3/4 ton.
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Old 09-03-2009, 02:25 PM   #7
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I tow with an '08 Denali XL with the 6.2L. Had an '03 Yukon XL, but found the 5.3L to be a bit underpowered. I am currently towing a Rockwood Ultra Lite 2501SS (6500lbs GVWR) but only 1 other person in the vehicle. Live in Colorado and so have pulled this into the mountains without a problem. Now, this is as big as I would go with this tow vehicle but am happy with the combination.
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:41 AM   #8
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I don't see how you can tow a travel trailer that weighs much with 3.42 rear end. I think 4.10 would be about right. Some think even lower.
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