Originally Posted by adr4
Large SUV Ratings Avg (Examples: QX80, Armada, Navigator, Tahoe, Yukon)
Curb Weight = 5600
Payload Capacity = 1700
GVWR = 7300
Towing Capacity = 8500
Class IV Weight Dist. Hitch & Sway Control = 10k Rate & Tongue 1k
2 Adults & 2 Children + Luggage = 500
2015 Salem 26tbud
Dry Weight = 6068
Cargo Weight = 1709
*Tongue Weight = ? (Need to be 10 to 15% of GVWR of Trailer?)
Estimate Cargo/Camper Equipment = 500
Can you provide good or bad experience by towing with Large SUVs?
How does a Weight Distribution Hitch affect Tongue Weight? I read a few things but still confused. I need this number to make sure Payload capacity isn't exceeded.
Thanks in advance!
I have an 09 Suburban now, had an 05 one before. They are full size SUVs, but the ones in your list are not. The Yukon and Tahoe are the smaller versions of the Suburban, same engine etc., but the extra 16-18" length in the Suburban and Yukon XL make a huge difference in ride and towing.
That being said, my trailer is 24 ft. coupler to bumper and 5500 lbs. loaded. I would never consider towing a larger trailer with the Suburban. Even as it is, large hills are a chore, running at 3500 RPM to get enough power to climb a hill is tiring and gives me 5 MPG. The frontal wind load due to the trailer slows me down a lot when it gets windy or even at highway speeds since the 5.3L V8 does not have the power to overcome it. On moderate roads its not a problem but anything hilly is not any fun.
My payload is 1500 lbs. so at 800 lbs. tongue weight and 100 lbs. for the hitch I have 600 lbs. left for cargo. I think your estimate of 500 lbs. is low. Most of the time its just my wife and I travelling, but I'm still very close the RGAWR rating which is another consideration. Its not just about towing capacity and cargo capacity there are weight limits on axles and overall weight. The transmission cooler alone changed my towing capacity from 5400 lbs. to 8000 lbs.
The WDH only distributes the weight to stop the front end of the TV from lifting, it does not add towing or cargo capacity.
A 2500 version of the Suburban/Yukon XL would be nice, or a diesel version if GM has one in the works.
I'm likely going to downsize the trailer or get a Silverado, just to get back to having fun camping like I did when I towed a pop-up for 10 years.
FWIW that's my experience with the large SUV over 10 years.