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Old 03-27-2011, 05:47 PM   #1
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Towing question

I'm new here as well. Any input would help. I have a 2009 Suburban, 1/2 ton, with a 5.3L V8, It has a factory brake controller and towing package. How do I find the towing capacity? I'm looking at a 299hbs from Sprinter and its specs say 7103lbs dry weight, and just wondering if its a good fit?

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Old 03-27-2011, 06:01 PM   #2
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Way too much. Keep any trailers GVWR under 7000 pounds or you will regret the lack of power. I pulled an Arctic Fox 19B with basically the same drive train in a Tahoe, and guaranteed I would not want to pull any more.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:20 PM   #3
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It will pull it but wont be happy about it, even on level ground.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:15 AM   #4
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hmmm, Thanks. I guess the question is what is the max recommended weight then for a 1/2 tonne Suburban? I have read some other threads, and it does depend on where you live, conditions etc., which makes sense. I live in southern Ontario, and won't be doing any long hauls, as I have new twins and a 2 yr old......just local parks for the next few years.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:21 AM   #5
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hmmm, Thanks. I guess the question is what is the max recommended weight then for a 1/2 tonne Suburban? I have read some other threads, and it does depend on where you live, conditions etc., which makes sense. I live in southern Ontario, and won't be doing any long hauls, as I have new twins and a 2 yr old......just local parks for the next few years.
If I had my family aboard I would err to the safe side rather than push the envelope of safety by trying to go for the max. Your twins will thank you.

In your case having more capacity left in your Tow Vehicle will allow you to sleep better at night. Believe me nothing ruins a camping trip like "white knuckle" driving to get there. My 2 cents.
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My FIL/BIL are big GM fans, I'm a Ford guy. I did some research on sub's and expy's an d the sub (exc the 2500) is kinda week.

You need to know:
GVWR, actual empty truck weight
trailer weight empty and max
GCWR of your vehicle.

According to GM's own website a sub can tow 8300lbs BUT the GCWR of truck and trailer is 11,500 and the truck weights some 5800 lbs. If you subtract 5800 from 11500 you get what? That's all you can tow. It's way below what they claim. I'd assume a math error but if so it's been going on for years.

My expy can tow 8100 and GCWR is 12,500 (with the options on my truck - different options (wheel size, engine, gearing, 4WD, etc) changes that by 1500 lbs.
But the truck weighs (empty) 5500 so no, I can't tow 8100 as those two together add to 13,600. If I had a 2Wd with 16" rims I could do it,but not a 4x4 w/ 17".

So my max tow is really 12,500-5500 (truck) or 7,000. The trailer empty is 5400 - that leaves me only 1600 lbs for people, cargo, fuel...

Point being there is no way your sub can tow a 7,000lb trailer. Remember you'll have 250lbs of fuel, the weight of the people/pets, trailer batts/propane/water (fresh or gray/black), plus food, bedding, toys, dishes and more.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:41 AM   #7
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i have an '07 Avalanche, basically the same vehicle as the Burb, with a bed instead of the rear seats.
our tow max is around 7200lbs. it's in your owner's manual. that's with a 3.73 rear end ratio. you might have a 4.10, which may allow the 8300lbs. number, but i doubt it. if you don't know what the rear end ratio is, it should be in the window sticker or take your VIN to a chevy dealer and they can tell you.

as the others have said, waayy too much trailer.
i tow a HTT that weighs around 5000lbs., loaded for camping.
since i live out west and deal with lots of mountains, i don't want anymore trailer weight than what i have.
rated tow capacity has NOTHING to do with where you live or conditions. it's your maximum tow capacity in perfect conditions and flat roads. that's why it's a MAX number.
don't make the newbie mistake of looking at fictional "dry" weights. no trailer actually weighs that.
take a look at its factory weight sticker, which is usually on the inside of a cabinet door. should give you its UVW.

you'll also need a WDH, i recommend an Equalizer or Reese Dual-Cam.
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Pro fate............you have completely lost me on the way you figure what a TV can Tow. Arent you forgetting the camper has 1 or 2 axles, which will pick up most of the wieght of the camper. So then the hitch or pin wieght would be what is added to the wieght rating of the axles on the truck. Then throw in numbers to off set engine power/torq ratings,braking power and rear end gears to come up with the tow ratings. You lost me.
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Excellent Calculator for answering this thread.
More should use it as it will simplify the "whys and wherefores"
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I'm new here as well. Any input would help. I have a 2009 Suburban, 1/2 ton, with a 5.3L V8, It has a factory brake controller and towing package. How do I find the towing capacity? I'm looking at a 299hbs from Sprinter and its specs say 7103lbs dry weight, and just wondering if its a good fit?

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