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Old 08-23-2012, 01:31 PM   #11
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In the manual it has a table of different cars of this type. I may be out of luck.
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6000 V8 axle ratio 3.73 max trailer weight 7500 lbs.
GCWR 14,000 lbs

So that leaves 1198 pounds of stuff in the trailer right?
Is the dry weight of the trailer include like the frig and other things before the options I add? I would think so.

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:33 PM   #12
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Truck is outfitted correctly, so your good there, proposed camper is right there at your "safe zone", so your good there also.

If you went a little smaller on the camper, truck would benefit BUT with the camper your wanting, your good to tow and go!

Overall, take the recommendations from the Forum and do your math...after that, don't over think your decision or you'll end up in a Prius and tent camping! LOL

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:37 PM   #13
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New gears might be prohibitive in your 4X4 since you would need new gears in the front as well.

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:37 PM   #14
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I am going to do the calculator that Triguy gave a link for.
I DO want this trailer badly

Must stop overthinking, I will think about that.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:56 PM   #15
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So that leaves 1198 pounds of stuff in the trailer right?
If this is calculated off the dry weight, then you also have to subtract the drivers weight in excess of 150#, WDH, wife/husband, kid(s), dog(s), firewood, pots/pans, clothing, extension cords, other cargo...

For example:
My 1999 4x4 Blazer LS has a max towing cap of 5500 pounds.
My trailers GVWR is 3980.
5500-3980 = 1520
- 890 for family and dog = 630
- 114 for Blue Ox SwayPro = 516
- 200 for firewood (# pulled from thin air) = 316

The numbers dwindle quickly once you factor everything in.

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Old 08-23-2012, 02:07 PM   #16
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The curb weight of the Sub is 6309.
My husband and I weigh combined 340 lbs.
Maybe 1 dog at 20 lbs.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:26 PM   #17
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I just called the main Chevy customer number, gave them the last 8 digits of the VIN number. 7500lbs max tow weight. Gosh, all I can say.
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The numbers are almost always close as most of us are pulling close to capacity. There are countless ways to determine if you're overloaded. Some people adhere strictly to the GAWR while some follow all the guidlines. The numbers established by the TV MFG are generally well within the vehicle's capabilities, i.e. there is a little room in them.

Bottom line for me.... if the numbers are close in either direction you will be fine. When you are pushing the limits though it comes down to comfort level and your willingness to drive the rig accordingly. Can't do 70mph if you're on the edge of all your limits.

My brother-in-law has towed a 35' Jayco 8000# GVW 1000# tounge with a 2004 3/4 Suburban for the last 5 year with no issues. Using that as an example you should be fine.

None of this is technical information and its strictly based on my 15 years experience camping so take it as you will. I think you're fine though.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:36 PM   #19
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Darn, if a 2500 series Burb with a 6.0 L and 3.73s can't pull that trailer, then I really don't know what to think.

The 7500 figure is also what is posted in the Trailer Life Towing Guide:

Just by using 4.10s, that tow rating goes up to 9500 lbs. A 1500 series
Burb with the same drive-train is rated to pull 7900 lbs. Go figure. I think I would rather pull that trailer with a 2500 vs. 1500 any day of the week.

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And I would think if we used a weight distributing hitch then we should be fine and just watch how much we put into the trailer and where. I was thinking the same thing, if the Suburban can't handle it, well give me a break!

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