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Old 05-16-2015, 11:48 AM   #21
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Another thought. Before you start loading the SUV, you should check your combined vehicle weight rating (CVWR). I don't know what kind of trailer you are towing but if the weight of the SUV with full tank of gas and all your passengers, plus the fully loaded weight of the trailer is close to the CVWR, you may not be able to load firewood and other heavy stuff in the SUV.
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Old 05-16-2015, 01:34 PM   #22
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Question... Why can't you just put the sewer hose in another tote? Put the lid on and put inside the trailer IF it won't go inside the rear bumper
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Old 05-16-2015, 01:58 PM   #23
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Another thought. Before you start loading the SUV, you should check your combined vehicle weight rating (CVWR). I don't know what kind of trailer you are towing but if the weight of the SUV with full tank of gas and all your passengers, plus the fully loaded weight of the trailer is close to the CVWR, you may not be able to load firewood and other heavy stuff in the SUV.
That's what I was thinking is going to be one of the biggest changes going to the SUV.

The payload of even the most tow-worthy SUVs is generally a limiter and, when towing a 33' trailer with a GVWR of 9,600lbs, that hitch weight is going to take up an awful lot of payload (~1,200).

A three seat SUV implies a bigger family so watch your weights! As an example, the new Suburban or Yukon (OP said a suburban-like) max payload at 1,600-1,700lbs or so (and this is good for an SUV. My Sequoia is hundreds less than that) would leave 400-500lbs for all passengers, pets, cargo, etc in the truck. This gets eaten up fast so I would really try not to carry more cargo than you have to in the SUV

I'd lose the idea of hauling a lot of firewood in the SUV. Maybe haul it in a container in the trailer if that's your thing or buy it at the CG or at a private seller near the CG.

As for the sewer hose, the bumper has always worked well for me.
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Old 05-16-2015, 02:17 PM   #24
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As mentioned, your payload is going to be less with an SUV. Rubber maid totes can solve both of your other problems. I use a tote for the sewer line and just air it out when I get home so it doesn't get funky.


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Old 05-17-2015, 08:15 AM   #25
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With our previous TT I towed with a Tahoe and used totes for both the firewood and water and sewer hoses. I was able to keep my dump station sewer hose inside my rear TT bumper. The fancier one I used at full hookup sites I stored in a tote inside my TT storage compartment


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Old 05-17-2015, 08:58 AM   #26
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[QUOTE=Computer Nerd;865711]With our previous TT I towed with a Tahoe and used totes for both the firewood and water and sewer hoses. I was able to keep my dump station sewer hose inside my rear TT bumper. The fancier one I used at full hookup sites I stored in a tote inside my TT storage compartment


I do the same thing, if i Loos a $10 slinky likely it was in need of replacement.
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Like Triguy said; passengers are payload.

They count against what you can carry and what you can tow.

SUVs typically come with the wrong kind of tires for towing (P instead of LT).
Not many go this route (truck -> SUV)for these reasons.

You may not be able to put anything in the SUV except the passengers.
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SUVs typically come with the wrong kind of tires for towing (P instead of LT)..

To be fair most 1/2 ton pickups come from the factory with p rated tires.


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To be fair most 1/2 ton pickups come from the factory with p rated tires.


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Exactly; most 1/2 tons are sold to street cowboys who will never tow anything.

If you plan on towing right out of the box you will most likely need to special order a 1/2 ton "properly equipped" as the brochure likes to say; but dealers never order "lot vehicles" that way.
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I love my 2004 Yukon XL Denali(1500/6.0L) but I wanted a 2500 Yukon XL(6.0), my sales guy sold me on the Denali and I have been so happy(kids love it too). As for wood I box it and put it in the door way, last thing in first thing out. Sewer hose goes in the bumper carrier. I have 146,000ml, most of those towing.
I did think I hated carrying wood so bought a gas fire pit, ends up I dislike the gas fire more, its just not the same.
There are better towing options with a van, my sister loves herís.
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