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Old 05-21-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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2001 Chevy Surburban 2500 with 8.1L

I need some opinions on pulling a Surveyor select SV304 with a 2001 Chevy suburban 2500 with the 8.1 L it's does have at rear air leveling kit.
We currently have a 2007 Chevy tahoe and it's seems that the trailer is a bit to much for it. Mainly the wind at 60 MPH
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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I need some opinions on pulling a Surveyor select SV304 with a 2001 Chevy suburban 2500 with the 8.1 L it's does have at rear air leveling kit.
We currently have a 2007 Chevy tahoe and it's seems that the trailer is a bit to much for it. Mainly the wind at 60 MPH
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
What's the specs on the surveyor?
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:28 PM   #3
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7050 lbs 34'
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:33 PM   #4
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7050 lbs 34'
Is that gvwr? 7050lbs?

Hitch weight?
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:35 PM   #5
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That should be the empty weight .... SV304 is a big trailer ..Gross weight is around 11,000 Lbs.

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Specs for the current model year SV 304 :

Dry Hitch Weight:879 lb.
Unloaded Vehicle Weight:6,444 lb.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR):11,039 lb.
Cargo Carrying Capacity:4,087 lb.
Exterior Length:34 ft. 5 in.
Exterior Height:9 ft. 8 in.
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:37 PM   #6
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IIRC the SV304 is almost 37 feet and has a gross weight of 10K. It probably will be close 9K fully loaded, but without water. You really should get an actual weight on yours loaded up to go camping as that is the only way to know. Most people are surprised, but not pleasantly, when they get actual weights on their rig.

For this example, again since you don't have actual weights, lets figure 9k and tongue weight of 1125 (optimum 12.5%)

according to trailer life the tow rating on the 8.1 is between 10,900 and 12,000 depending on rear end, 4wd and other options. so that should check out well for that rig.

However, knowing several people over the years with the 2500 Burb, the payload rating is not close to the pickups. I would be a little concerned about that.

You need to look at the door sticker for the truck you are looking at for payload figures. with a curb weight around 6K and a GVWR of 8600, there is not as much payload available as you might think.
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Should be a payload sticker on the door jamb and or door pillar.
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All things considered, it has to be better than the Tahoe in all respects.
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All things considered, it has to be better than the Tahoe in all respects.
That is true!!!
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I measured it last night and it was 34' from ball to rear bumper. The suburban is a 4x4 and as far as I can tell it have a gvwr of 8600? And a payload of 2760
I am planning on buying it today a noon. S I dont have the exact numbers from the door jam. But its a 4 hour drive away. But it's also $4500 and that's a good deal only 126k miles and it has the 8.1L
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