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Old 05-08-2016, 01:30 PM   #1
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28DBUD and Suburban??

Hello - we currently own a 2007 Fleetwood Bayside PUP and have basically outgrown it and the local RV dealer showed us a Wildwood 28DBUD which had a desirable floor plan and features. He said our 2009 Suburban would pull it, but I am having trouble getting there when I run the numbers. Details on the TV are as follows: Engine 6.0L, Trim LTZ, 4WD, 3.42 gears, has K5L package (tranny and oil cooler) and trailer brake controller, plus autoride suspension, currently 141,000 miles. GCVWR 14000, GVWR 7400. Family weighs approx 850 pounds (two parents and three kiddoes - yeah a few of us could stand to lose some tonnage). For me, the match just doesn't seem to work but the dealer insists we are in the zone as e-trailer guide says 7900 pound tow capacity. I am open to ditching the idea, buying a 1-ton dually and going fifth wheel if I have to wait a year or so. What do y'all think? The price on the DBUD is great for what ya get. We have a trip planned from San Antonio to WDW in the summer and it's all coastal plains (no real challenging hills). Any input would be most appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 05-08-2016, 02:59 PM   #2
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The tonque weight on that trailer will be close to 1000 lbs, so payload might be an issue for your truck. If you post the two stickers (as shown below) of your Suberban it will help members give more info.....
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Old 05-08-2016, 03:11 PM   #3
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This doesn't look encouraging.... sorry for photo orientation - it wouldn't let me flip.
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Your yellow sticker indicates a maximum cargo of 1291 lbs. So if you include all passengers, stuff and tongue weight (1000 lbs) you will be way over payload capacity....I say not a good fit....others will chime in and give you more recommendations.....in the meantime here some reading on towing with Suburban.....


https://www.google.ca/search?q=suber...iverforums.com
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with that number it appears a Suburban can really only tow a popup. I see others doing TT's so they must be just not caring about that stuff. My family's safety is paramount along with others on the road, so I think it's time to go big or go home.
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with that number it appears a Suburban can really only tow a popup.
No true.
I tow with a 2007 Avalanche, which basically a Burb with a truck bed.
It has the 5.3, 3.73 rear end and factory tow package.
I have a similar payload capacity and I tow a 24` HTT, that weighs around 5200lbs loaded for camping.

You'll just have to look for lighter and smaller trailer. You might want to consider a 3 bed HTT, like the Roo or Shamrock 233S.
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I love the layout of the Roo but a couple problems are the leaking issues with hybrids (spoken to some current owners) and the Texas heat on those extended beds makes them very uncomfortable mid-day (for naps). DW not too thrilled by the leaking issues but if that is more of a random occurrence, I can deal with them and get gizmos for the beds perhaps.
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I love the layout of the Roo but a couple problems are the leaking issues with hybrids (spoken to some current owners) and the Texas heat on those extended beds makes them very uncomfortable mid-day (for naps). DW not too thrilled by the leaking issues but if that is more of a random occurrence, I can deal with them and get gizmos for the beds perhaps.
Well, I've had my `07 hybrid for almost 10 years now and never leaked.
And the newer ones have way less issues. Haven't seen hardly any with bunk door leaks, over the past 5 years.

But I understand about your concerns. Just trying to give some options before getting a bigger tow vehicle.
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28DBUD and Suburban??

I've got a DBUD, and previously towed it with my Tundra Crew Max which had a MVWR of 7000 and payload of 1300 remaining after myself and a full tank. With wife, one kid, dog and 60lbs of firewood, I was at 6960 on the scale. These trailers are for some reason heavily weighted towards the front end. From the scales, I figured my tongue weight to be 950 +\- and the trailer around 6800 lightly loaded.
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Yeah they are heavy beasts. I will look into the Roo again, but more likely I will trade my second car in on a truck so we can get whatever we would be happy with.
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