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Old 03-21-2016, 08:09 AM   #1
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2011 suburban to pull 98 salem 37bhss

We just got a new to us travel trailer. We have a 2011 chevy suburban LT 1500

We will NOT be towing this on a regular basis. We purchased some land here in Maine and will be permanently placing it on that. It is a 3 hour drive to get to the location (grand Lake Stream, ME).

We pulled it from the town purchased in to our home. (about and hour drive).

We put a weight distribution on it....but also have a sway bar we put on AFTER we made that drive, so havent tested it yet.

I followed my husband in my car with my hazard lights on and he did about 45 on the highway the whole way home. Anything over 50 was a bit scary I think.

My husband seems confident about pulling it to Grand Lake....but I am nervous! I will most likely follow behind him again to keep an eye on things.

I think he plans to buy and install a brake controller so we can control brakes of camper as well.

So this will be the only time we will ever pull this camper anywhere. We will live in it in the summers while we build :-)

We will not have our 3 kids and dog with us...and I don't plan to load up camper with a ton of stuff. We can bring stuff there later on.

Thoughts on all of this?

Doable?

Thanks in Advance!

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Old 03-21-2016, 08:53 AM   #2
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With all due respect I think you are close to insane towing that thing with your tow vehicle without trailer brakes!!! Not to mention no anti-sway!!!! Whether you can make the one trip to the permanent spot with your current set-up or not you present a danger to yourselves and all those within your vicinity. If a cross breeze hits that trailer and it begins to sway how do you plan on controlling it? Please reconsider your set-up (yes, I know you have begun to do so).
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:55 AM   #3
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The next trip (and only trip) would be WITH anti-sway and trailer breaks set up.

I am asking if that setup would be doable?

And only going about 45 max the whole way.
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Phone a friend?
Maybe one that has a one tonne..


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Old 03-21-2016, 09:21 AM   #5
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yeah......it would be nice if we knew someone that did. I'll keep asking around to friends.

I called an RV towing company.....and for a 3 hour drive it is $800. I don't have that right now.
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I called an RV towing company.....and for a 3 hour drive it is $800. .
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:39 AM   #7
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I followed my husband in my car with my hazard lights on
This is one of my pet peeves and depending on where you live, may be illegal.

Many times when we have a bad snowstorm, people will drive around with their hazards on. Then I can't tell the difference between the ones moving and the ones sitting on the shoulder.

If you're going to drive slower than normal, that's fine. But don't leave your hazards on unless you are stopped on the side of the road.
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:51 AM   #8
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okay...thanks for the info. New to all of this.
We definitely want to be safe.
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:19 AM   #9
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You can get a better idea about the viability of towing that camper by finding the dry weight of the camper and then the towing capacity of the vehicle, assuming you will only tow the camper empty and the vehicle as lightly loaded as practicable as I am sure you will be close if not over your tow capacity. That info should be able to be found on the camper and on the tow vehicle. Also, you would want to know the tongue weight of the camper vs the capacity of the tow vehicle.

There are many variables at play here, as even the same model vehicle with different configurations have vastly different tow and cargo capacities, and not all same model campers weigh the same. You can get a better handle on what the tow capacity is vs the weight of the camper so you can make a better decision, all taking into account how many miles and at what speeds you want to tow (if you are truly making one trip during a very low traffic time of day that can affect your decision for example.). Further, the use of an anti-sway and weight distribution hitch as well as trailer brakes goes a LONG way towards making the tow much safer.

With all due respect, again, towing that big, presumably heavy trailer without anti-sway and trailer brakes was incredibly unsafe and irresponsible as you were not only endangering yourselves but also everyone around you. THAT much can be stated unequivocally. Whether you can add a WDH, trailer brakes and anti-sway, all absolutely necessary, and still tow safely isn't possible to determine with the limited amount of information you have provided.

Good luck to you.
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The previous owner pulled with a truck the same size as our suburban....so I guess we were mis-guided and shouldn't have taken his word for it.
We made it home safely. The next leg of getting it where it needs to go will surely have hills....so if we were to use the suburban....we would have the trailer breaks in place. And the trailer would not be loaded with anything. I would want everything to be as light as possible. The WDH and sway bar are already hooked up.
It is a 37' 1998 forest river Salem.

My husband has already done the math the you mentioned....I am just being the worried wife.

Thanks again for you information....

I will continue to try to find someone here in Maine that may have a heavy duty vehicle we could borrow.....
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