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Old 02-11-2019, 06:45 PM   #1
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2017 Chevy Suburban w/ 3.08 rear end - Towing Experiences Requested

Hello all. I have a 2017 Suburban that is not equipped with the HD/Max tow package, so I知 limited to a max of 6000 pounds towing capacity (it has the 3.08 rear end). I anticipate I値l need the trans cooler and will install a trailer brake. I知 interested in hearing if anyone has experience at towing at/near the top limit of this vehicle痴 listed capacity. I知 currently interested in purchasing a travel trailer that weight apps 4600 (dry weight) with a hitch weight of 515 (dry). I値l also be traveling with 6 passengers (4 kids) and am looking at the Apex 245bhs. Thanks in advance to anyone who痴 able to share heir experiences towing with a Tahoe/Suburban w/ the 3.08 rear end.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:32 PM   #2
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First you need to post the payload capacity sticker weight, from the driver's door.
It'll say something like "Occupants and cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs"
With that many people in the Burb, their weight will eat up a lot of payload.
PLEASE don't use fictional dry weights. Those numbers are based on a stripped-down version of the trailer. It doesn't account for batteries, options, water or cargo.
You have a Burb that was spec'd for getting groceries and not for towing.
I towed with a 2007 Avalanche(Burb with a pickup bed)and it had the full tow package, with 3.73 rear end ratio.
It was rated at towing 7200lbs but with a payload of only 1357lbs, it limited me to a much lighter trailer.
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First you need to post the payload capacity sticker weight, from the driver's door.
It'll say something like "Occupants and cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs"
With that many people in the Burb, their weight will eat up a lot of payload.
PLEASE don't use fictional dry weights. Those numbers are based on a stripped-down version of the trailer. It doesn't account for batteries, options, water or cargo.
You have a Burb that was spec'd for getting groceries and not for towing.
I towed with a 2007 Avalanche(Burb with a pickup bed)and it had the full tow package, with 3.73 rear end ratio.
It was rated at towing 7200lbs but with a payload of only 1357lbs, it limited me to a much lighter trailer.
Thanks for the reply.
Suburban:
Payload 1617
GVWR 7500
GAWR FRT 3600
GAWR RR 4200

Trailer
GVWR 6500 (I do not intend to load anywhere near this limit as it is almost 2k over dry weight)

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Old 02-11-2019, 09:44 PM   #4
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Well, that's a pretty good payload for a SUV.
Unless you load a lot of cargo in the Burb, you should be fine.
A lot of 1/2 ton trucks have less than that.
Is it a LS model? If so, that may be why you have a higher payload.
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It痴 an LT model. Still no Max/HD tow package, which I regret now. Or having. Also, I知 posting a picture of the yellow sticker just to confirm I知 using the right figure for payload. Thanks as well for the reply.
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What does a tow package Suburban have?
Trans and engine oil cooler, bigger radiator, bigger battery, bigger alternator, 7 wire connector, class 3 receiver and 3.73 gears?
Do the numbers and consider adding the modifications..the big ticket item is the gear swap..could be $2000.
If the modification expense exceeds the cost of a trade-in, then sell it and get one that has the tow package.
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It痴 an LT model. Still no Max/HD tow package, which I regret now. Or having. Also, I知 posting a picture of the yellow sticker just to confirm I知 using the right figure for payload. Thanks as well for the reply.
That's what I thought, none of the heavy bling that many upper trim level SUVs have.
And yes, that's the correct sticker.
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I towed our Rockwood 2702WS with a 2014 Suburban with the 3.08 for a year. I added a trans cooler, brake controller, upgraded shocks, LT tires. It towed fine, no sway, and was fine for us up and down the California coast. Then we decided to head out to some national parks where we needed to tow on grades. 25mph up 6% grades, overheating, etc. etc. I tried to make that Suburban work, but ended up with a 3/4 ton truck.
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Forget "Dry Weight"; that is red herring. Look at the GVWR for the trailer. Just looking at your numbers, you are marginal if not actually over loaded. The only way to get the REAL numbets is to get the thing weighed at a CAT Scale at a truck stop. Prepare for a shock (and either a smaller trailer or a new tow vehicle). I would guess you are overloaded by a good margin. You can add all of the cooling/towing equipment you want but that is a waste of time and money if you are overloaded. I would put the money in a new tow vehicle.
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