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Old 06-03-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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GMC Yukon

I made my first pull with my Yukon a few weekends ago. I used to have a GMC Envoy. Yukon obviously has more pulling power and I was not as worried to pull the trailer.

My question is, how many of you are running a GMC Yukon (or Tahoe ) to pull your trailer?

Have you done any mods to the Yukon (or Tahoe ) to make it pull better in terms of power, tires, etc...

Would like to hear about it to see if anything interests me.


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Old 06-03-2014, 09:41 PM   #2
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Using a 2004 Cadillac Escalade. Same thing as Yukon, Suburban. Has factory tow package. Trans and oil coolers. Special button for setting trans for trailer pulling. Weight distribution hitch and anti-sway. We pull a Rockwood 2306. Think it is 3,800.lbs. Pulls and handles fantastic. But as far as your question, we haven't done anything to it that you could use. It just works for us right now and I am busy mod-ing the trailer.

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Old 06-04-2014, 10:23 AM   #3
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I had a 2011 Yukon XL Denali with the 6.2. Had plenty of pulling and stopping power. I hated the tires and suspension for pulling my 30' Wildwood TT when i had it. I had the Reese Dual Cam WD and Anti sway and it still wanted to wander all over the road. The P rated tired had to much sidewall flex and the air suspension kept fighting the load.

If I would have put LT tires on it it probably would have fixed a lot of the issue. I decided to trade the Yukon and the 2014 Wildwood for a new F350 Diesel and a 5th wheel. Expensive fix to the problem but I love it.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:53 AM   #4
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I have a Suburban which is the same as the Yukon XL.

One thing to check via the build sheet (ask a dealer to run the VIN) is whether you have the aux transmission oil cooler. Even with towing and trailering packages my Suburban did not have this. You can also see the axle ratio and GVW ratings as built.

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Old 06-04-2014, 11:19 AM   #5
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As Big Bad Allis said, replacing the P tires with LT lr E tires would be a major improvement.
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:24 AM   #6
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01' Yukon XL 2500, stock, though a little bit rusty. Previous owner put harder shocks and LT tires on it (which I replaced in kind recently) . It pulls about 7000 lbs of trailer using just the WDH.

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