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Old 07-03-2013, 12:32 AM   #1
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Unique towing question about 2500 model suburban

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
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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Honestly as for weights you will give yourself more room for more cargo and payload. As for the power I don't think you are gonna see a huge difference in pulling power between the two engines. You are going from a lighter 1500 with the 5.3 to heavier 2500 with 6.0. I have a 2008 Chevy with 6.0 and six speed auto for a work truck and I'm not impressed at all with it. My tundra with 5.7 would run circles around it but it does not have to payload like the 2500 hd does. But I also don't need it either.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:40 AM   #3
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Thanks for your post. Have you done much towing with your 6.0 work truck?

The two reasons I want to upgrade to the 2500 are for the little extra "umph" in the motor power. Not looking for a extreme power machine just something to help me keep up to speed on ighway with my fully loaded #6500 camper.
Also, was wanting the 2500 model so I can finally feel like my tow vehicle is in control when towing and not my travel trailer in control like it is now with my Tahoe.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:48 AM   #4
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The 6.0 is a stronger engine than the 5.3. The 5.3 replaced the old 327 and the 6.0 replaced the 350. From my experience, the 350 would out pull the 327 any day of the week. As for racing, the 327 could be rev'd a lot higher but powerwise, the 350 wins hands down. So will the 6.0 vs the 5.3
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #5
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Trailer Life Towing guide list the 2500 Burb at 9700 lb... http://www.trailerlife.com/wp-conten...Guide-2005.pdf

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I can't help you with the engine side of things, as that's all pretty foreign to me. However, from towing - there is usually a sticker on the doorjamb that tells you what the "GVWR" ("Gross Vehicle Weight Rating") is. This "GVWR" is the amount that the truck was designed to carry. The difference between the "GVWR" and the base weight of the truck is called your "payload capacity".

That GVWR is what has to handle:
- the weight of the SUV itself
- the driver and all passengers
- the stuff carried in the truck (water, coolers, snacks, food, activities, electronics, etc.)
- the hitch itself
- and finally, the tongue weight of the camper

The tongue weight of the camper is usually 10%-15% of the actual loaded weight of the camper. This is where many smaller trucks and SUVs run out of capacity - after everything above, there isn't enough left over to carry the tongue weight (just what you found- no chance the Tahoe was towing 7,400 pounds- that's only possible *if* there is nothing in the truck and only a 150 pound driver!).

SO, what does this mean for you? Well, if you go back to the dealer's lot- you can find this sticker on the doorjamb. Then, you can guestimate how much you, your family and your stuff weighs and finally, your best bet is to weigh your camper's tongue weight.

From there, you can find out if it fits into the Suburban's ratings.

(Or, like many people- you can choose to exceed your ratings. But, you've already found once that's not fun.)
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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 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.

http://www.trailerlife.com/wp-conten...Guide-2005.pdf

Update: Looks like Dave and Monica beat me to the draw while I was checking out what the heck the dog was barking at.
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...you can choose to exceed your ratings. But, you've already found once that's not fun.)
Don't think he exceeded any ratings.
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Don't think he exceeded any ratings.
Truth be told, your guess is as good as mine.

I could have worded mine better and indicated that they may have exceeded ratings. But, at the end of the day- it's still a guess and very easy to do with small SUVs.
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anyone on here towed with a suburban 2500 6.0 3.73rear end?
I would have to guess it will handle my #6500 pound loaded camper much better
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