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Old 02-20-2019, 08:38 PM   #1
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Anyone tow a 2509s or 25brds with a Yukon?

I'm looking at buying a new travel trailer and I'm really interested in the 2509s or 25brds. I was wondering if anyone has one and tows it with a Yukon or similar SUV?

I have a 2016 Yukon Denali with the heavy duty tow package with brake controller. I'm not that concerned with the overall weight since the Yukon has a tow capacity of 8400 lbs but I was a little concerned about the hitch weight since it looks to be 660lbs for these trailers and reading some of the posts looks to be closer to 800 in real towing. Surprisingly its difficult to find exact numbers online but it looks like the hitch weight limit on the Yukon may be around 600lbs (though I can't find a published number). I've seen the weight distributing hitches but not sure how that would actually affect overall hitch weight.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. This would be my first travel trailer so I could use the help.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:51 PM   #2
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I'm looking at buying a new travel trailer and I'm really interested in the 2509s or 25brds. I was wondering if anyone has one and tows it with a Yukon or similar SUV?

I have a 2016 Yukon Denali with the heavy duty tow package with brake controller. I'm not that concerned with the overall weight since the Yukon has a tow capacity of 8400 lbs but I was a little concerned about the hitch weight since it looks to be 660lbs for these trailers and reading some of the posts looks to be closer to 800 in real towing. Surprisingly its difficult to find exact numbers online but it looks like the hitch weight limit on the Yukon may be around 600lbs (though I can't find a published number). I've seen the weight distributing hitches but not sure how that would actually affect overall hitch weight.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. This would be my first travel trailer so I could use the help.
You will want a weight distribution hitch, something along the lines of an EQUILIZER, OR FAST WAY..
IF you go with the 10k model, that will give you a 1k tounge weight..
The 600# number you are getting is probably the dead weight capacity w/o WD.
Hope this helps!!
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:26 PM   #3
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Look at your hitch. It might have the capacity on a placard. Next, realize that hitch weight varies by camper. The only way to get it: weigh the hitch.

My 2509 has a dry weight of 5195. 2 batteries, 2 full 30lb propane tanks pushes that to 5500lbs. On a sherline I’m just over 700lbs before I put any other stuff in the trailer. I would not be shocked to push 1000 when loaded.

Your mileage will vary.
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Kolky, welcome to the forum.

You'll find a ton of threads here with the question "can i tow this ... with this ..." In every case, I say it's about weight carrying capacity not towing capacity. You'll always exceed your vehicle's GVWR before you exceed its towing rating.

Take the GVWR of any travel trailer you're looking at and use 12-13% for the assumed actual tongue weight. Check your Yukon's specs or the hitch itself to see what the hitch is rated for.

Then take the Yukon to a scale with a full tank of fuel and compare the scale weight to the Yukon's GVWR to see how much weight carrying capacity you have left. Also think about the weight of any gear and passengers you'll have in the vehicle because they have to be accounted for in the total weight on the Yukon's frame, axles, suspension, wheels and tires. And a good weight distribution hitch will also add about 75 lbs. Do not use brochure "dry weight" numbers for any calculations. They are not real world numbers.
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The 12% - 13% of the trailer GVWR is usually a good number. We found this out weighing our pickup truck with and without the trailer attached. Tongue weight was 940# on a GVWR of 7650# but a loaded trailer weight of 5530#, so the tongue weight estimate is reasonable. By dumping 2/3 of my fresh water, I recovered a little (about 150#) off of the tongue.

Your Yukon generally has the same to slightly better cargo capacity than the Chevy Tahoe. If you can remove the rear seats that will give you an additional 130# for your cargo capacity.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I just took a look at the hitch on my Yukon. The sticker says the hitch weight is 1000 lbs so looks like it may be OK.

Looking at the Flagstaff site the dry weight of the 25BRDS is 5300 lbs with a 1500 cargo capacity so fully loaded I guess I could expect it to come in around 6800 lbs which should still be well within the Yukons 8400 towing capacity. Does that sound correct?
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I just took a look at the hitch on my Yukon. The sticker says the hitch weight is 1000 lbs so looks like it may be OK.

Looking at the Flagstaff site the dry weight of the 25BRDS is 5300 lbs with a 1500 cargo capacity so fully loaded I guess I could expect it to come in around 6800 lbs which should still be well within the Yukons 8400 towing capacity. Does that sound correct?
Kolky, I can’t stress this enough .....please forget about the “tow rating” and focus on the payload you’ll have available. Weigh your Yukon, see how much that is below its GVWR. Do the calculations for the tongue weight of the trailer and see if it works.
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That #1000 is the hitch, not payload.

Find out for sure. Gas her up, load the family and the hitch in the back and get it weighed. Any cat scale and $14.

The published numbers on the internet have ten asterisks after them. 4wd is not included. Plus lots of options. The back seat either.

My guess you will be close.

Trailers over 25’. Need a good anti sway hitch.

If you plan on short trips likely ok. Trips to Colorado, would be entering the pucker factor zone.

We used to tow a #6,000 boat locally with a 1997 Tahoe. I did not like it. Very stressful. That was the year the front brakes were too small. Needed brakes often. Boats are easier to tow.

Those big suv’s Have low payloads because of all that glass. Way, back there.

You would need overload devices maybe.
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Kolky, I can’t stress this enough .....please forget about the “tow rating” and focus on the payload you’ll have available. Weigh your Yukon, see how much that is below its GVWR. Do the calculations for the tongue weight of the trailer and see if it works.
OK I think I understand now. So the sticker inside the door on my Yukon says 1500 lbs cargo capacity. So if the tongue weight of the trailer is roughly 800 lbs then that would limit me to 700 lbs for people, luggage, dog, etc... within the vehicle correct?
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Yes but the sticker number is based on the vehicle as it came off the line. I would take the Yukon to a scale with a full take of fuel and your family on board and get an actual weight. Subtract that weight from the Yukon’s GVWR and you’ll know what you actually have in available weight capacity.

Here is a picture of the stickers on my previous F-150. The GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) is on the white sticker.
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