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Old 07-05-2013, 06:38 PM   #61
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Hey now... there are dealers out there with integrity
You're right, there's probably one or two. But I've never met one.

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Old 07-06-2013, 07:46 AM   #62
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Originally Posted by rockfordroo View Post
You're right, there's probably one or two. But I've never met one.
I actually got the one selling me my F150 to admit he didn't know about towing capacity. But that didn't stop the "high pressure" sale. I told him if he didn't know he'd have to give me the time to research it. I wasn't gonna get stuck in a truck that couldn't pull my rig.

Again I caution the OP. If you have doubts about the vehicle... Pass. It's better to pass than to end up locked into a vehicle that doesn't do what you need it to.


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Old 07-06-2013, 08:03 AM   #63
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And remember, when you are towing, you are not drag racing. Who cares if it takes a few seconds more to get up to speed?
For the most part, yes.
But trying to merge into heavy freeway traffic with an slow and overloaded unit is a recipe for disaster. You may not kill yourself, but those trying to avoid you may not be so lucky.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:22 PM   #64
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Originally Posted by MtnGuy View Post

The Trailer Life Towing Guide for 2005 lists the 6.0L 2500 Suburban as having a 9700 lb. tow rating, or 9400 lbs. figuring the GCWR (16,000 lbs.) minus the body weight.

Update: Looks like Dave and Monica beat me to the draw while I was checking out what the heck the dog was barking at.
I find it interesting that the 2000 Yukon xl 1500 has a trailer weight of 8800 to 9000 16000 combined vehicle weight. I see it has gone down as the years get newer. Look at the combined vehicle weight and the weight on the sticker on the door this will be empty with one passenger add the weight of your trailer and here and passengers. You will figure out it won't take long to max out. Short trips ok I have 5 kids and every year we need to mail our gear and pick it up at the camp sight . Just humer I bet loaded camper we tow 6 to 7000 lbs plus kids and if you go on short trips ok across the mountains depends on how much you pack. Just pay attention to the total combined weight and keep it under and you are ok. I was looking at a 1 ton 16 passenger van it can tow a semi. That will be my next TV just because my kids won't stop eating and I need a cushion.:-)
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:49 PM   #65
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Sorry for delay our true scale wait was 8400 loaded
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:45 PM   #66
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My 2 cents: My 2012 Tundra Double cab with 5.7 (381hp) has 4.30 gearing and 9700 pound tow capacity. Confirmed between the owner's manual and door jam. Tows my 5500+ pound 261BHXL effortlessly. If you get the 5.7, then Toyota automatically puts the 4.30 rear end in. Regardless of how 'basic' or ' blinged out' the truck is. Cost me over $10K less than the other 1/2 ton I looked at. And the 9700 pound rating is the new SAE J2807 (?) rating.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:46 PM   #67
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One last comment: If you are not sure the vehicle is up food the task, pass it on. I'd also wager my Tundra isn't too much more than that 3/4 ton suburban is selling price, especially if you have to finance.
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:04 PM   #68
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Originally Posted by jabres View Post
Hey guys I need a little advice here. I currently own my 26' 2008 forest river wildwood tbss travel trailer weighing in at #5880 empty. Loaded down I am around #6500. I currently tow with a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 4x4 5.3 with 3.73 rear end and I am looking to replace it as it just does NOT have the power, and I wont take it on trips pulling the travel trailer very far.
My tow capacity on the 2003 Tahoe is#7400 pounds which is a joke cause there is no way I could safely tow that much.

SO I am really close to buying a 2005 suburban 2500 model with the 6.0 gas motor and 3.73 rear end... I am having trouble finding a "true" towing capacity for this vehicle.(the dealership does not have the owners manuel)Its really hard for me to believe where I am reading in a few places the towing capacity for this 2500 suburban is ONLY 7600 pounds when my little Tahoe 1500 model with the smaller motor is at #7400??

Anyone have some advice or experience on this? I realize a diesel would be the best for pulling but that's not in my budget right now...
Will this 2005 suburban 2500 6.0 3.73 be sufficient for pulling?
Thanks, in advance
You do realize that tow rating is with a 150 pound driver only right?
Any passengers will reduce available towing capacity.

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Old 07-08-2013, 10:13 PM   #69
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I don't mean to over post, but by all means I'm not saying buy a Tundra. We looked at a 2013 26' TBSS and I felt we would be over 7K pounds loaded, and passed over that trailer. I will not tow more than 7K pounds with a 1/2 ton truck, no matter how robust it's tow capacity is. It's still a light duty truck. You need a 3/4 ton truck. I just wanted to be clear about my last post. I'm done now, I wish you luck.

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