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Old 09-03-2008, 04:03 PM   #1
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Will 04 Tahoe Z71 tow a Flagstaff ?

I own a 2004 Chevy Tahoe Z71 4x4(rated at 7500lbs tow capacity). Was looking at the Flagstaff 31 footer 831RLSS W/ DRY WEIGHT of 5971 lbs. Am I going to kill my Tahoe? Or will I be OK. I have read several posts but cant seem to find an answer. Newbie be gentle.

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Old 09-03-2008, 07:06 PM   #2
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I think as long as your tow rating is correct on the Z71 and the same go's for the TT weight you may be ok. The only problem that might come up is the handling of the Z71 because of the short wheel base. I would take my time towing. I have a 1997 GMC Suburban 3/4 ton with a max weight rating of 7500 lbs and I tow a 34' Rockwood 8314ss with no problem and the max trailer weight fully loaded is 7910 lbs. I think that there are some other members on this forum that tow with the same type of truck, I am sure some one else will chime in and help give more advise.

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:16 AM   #3
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I'm not a numbers guy...but I think that's pushing it.
I towed a 25' RV (5,000 lbs Dry) with an '01 Tahoe Z71 with an Equal-i-zer hitch. It towed it, but it was sometimes a white knuckle ride. The wheelbase is short on the Tahoe, and towing near it's capacity causes it to search gears a lot. Sway is calmed down with a good hitch...but you will still get some sway with this vehicle setup. SWAY IS A KILLER.

My advice: No way would I consider a 31' RV with this tow vehicle...
PS...the Tahoe's rear differential disintegrated. ($1000) I paid to fix it, then traded for a truck.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:32 AM   #4
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Loaded, you're probably going to be a little over 90% of the TV's towing capacity. Therotically you'll be fine. Get a good anti-sway/weight distribution hitch and make very sure it's set up correctly and you should have no problems. I tow with an Equal-i-zer and either that or a Reese dual cam should work well. Like I said, make sure it's setup correctly no matter which one you get.
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:33 AM   #5
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As you can see in my signature, I tow a long trailer with an older Tahoe. We towed our trailer from Memphis to Yellowstone and back. The trailer camping weight was around 6900 lbs. I did not have any sever sway problems. I did lack the easy towing power of a diesel going up the long 6% grades. I would put an extra tranny cooler in series with the OEM. The tranny is what will kill your Tahoe.


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Old 09-04-2008, 11:48 AM   #6
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