Originally Posted by frisbyh
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.