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Old 11-28-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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Denali or escalade to pull 34' prime time

I am looking at purchasing a Denali or Escalade to replace my 07 silverado. We do not pull the trailer much since we have a permanent site but still pull on occasion. How do the larger breed SUV 's pull my type of trailer. Trailer dry is around 6700 lbs 34' long.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:35 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum...visit often!

Your question has already been asked by another forum member recently...this is the link to it. Tow question

Your didn't mention whether you're purchasing a 116 or 130" wheelbase Denali/Escalade. Either way, that is too much camper for those SUV's.

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Old 11-28-2011, 01:32 PM   #3
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Thanks. I read thru the other post and will apply all the info when making my decision. I have some new tools now on performing calculations. I think I am screwed no matter what according to that thread and the calculators I am not sure my silverado should even be pulling my camper. Like I said we only move it about once a year cause we love our permanent site but in 2013 we are pilling it from PA to Disney and I want to be safe and LEGAL. The Denalis are actually calculating that they are better suited then my silverado 1500. It is overwhelming.
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:52 PM   #4
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According to the rule of thumb, trailer length and tow vehicle wheel base, you need five times 34 (trailer length) which equals 170 inch wheel base. Especially on a 1000 mile pull one way, (PA to Disney), on the highway, and in who knows what weather.
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:17 PM   #5
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According to the rule of thumb, trailer length and tow vehicle wheel base, you need five times 34 (trailer length) which equals 170 inch wheel base. Especially on a 1000 mile pull one way, (PA to Disney), on the highway, and in who knows what weather.
where does this "rule of thumb" come from? i went on chevy's website and the wheel base for a 1 ton dually with crew cab and long bed is 167.7" I have seen this posted before and don't totally agree with this.

i would like to know where it comes from- how old the info is, etc before someone buys a "monster" truck to tow a trailer. I agree with dave on the shorter wheel base not being enough but what is correct? I have never seen anything about trailer length in a manual. tow ratings tend to be confusing enough without a "rule of thumb" that may or may not exist- i have searched and can't find anything to back it up, if you have a site please show me
not beating you up just really want to know about this
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:11 PM   #6
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There was a really good website that had all sorts of excellent towing information that used this chart:


110" 20' ******* 150" 30'
114" 21' ******* 154" 31'
118" 22' ******* 158" 32'
122" 23' ******* 162" 33'
126" 24' ******* 166" 34'
130" 25' ******* 170" 35'
134" 26' ******* 174" 36'
138" 27' ******* 178" 37'
142" 28' ******* 182" 38'
146" 29' ******* 186" 39'

That website was run by an individual, and a "big" company shut him down claiming copyright infringement, or something like that.

It was a rule of thumb. As far as I know there is no law out there preventing someone from pulling a 40 foot trailer with a Yugo, as long as you stay within the GVWR and trailer towing capacity of the tow vehicle.

A couple of years ago when that website was up and running, that was the standard.......but I haven't the foggiest if there is any scientific background to the chart. Many people (myself included) thought it made a lot of sense, and try to steer newbies from towing too long of a trailer with a short wheelbased vehicle.

There was also an equation that followed along the same guidelines as that chart. The tow vehicle wheelbase in inches divided by 5 is the maximum total trailer length in feet.

Someone can make up any chart that they want to fit their situation. Personally, I would not want to pull a 34' foot trailer with anything but a long wheelbased full sized pickup, preferable 3/4 ton or heavier.
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so... an f350 or f450 has a wheel base of 172.4" LWB and 156.2" SWB crew cab is really just "ok" to pull a 35' trailer- I think your chart is out dated - (i think we have done this before. LOL!! )
what should we do when the prime time lacrosse 308RES is 35'-7"
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so... an f350 or f450 has a wheel base of 172.4" LWB and 156.2" SWB crew cab is really just "ok" to pull a 35' trailer- I think your chart is out dated - (i think we have done this before. LOL!! )
what should we do when the prime time lacrosse 308RES is 35'-7"
Yes we have done this many times before on this forum.

Draw up your own chart, and that may be the next big "rule of thumb" tow guide on the web.

Bumper pull trailer owners have to start somewhere.....that is why this chart and equation is circulating out there.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:56 PM   #10
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When you guys find the (Wheel base chart) please let the company's with the (short,single axle,semi,s) pulling those 12' wide,60+ foot long,MFG homes down the road at 65+ MPH that they are too short! Youroo!!
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