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Old 01-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #1
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Towing a 26 fkss

I am thinking of purchasing a 27fkss superlight and using a suburban for a tv. Would appreciate any feedback anyone can give. Oh yeah equalizer sway control.
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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I have a 26b that Ipull with a chevy avalanche 5.3 motor and 3 73 gears it seems to do OK but I would not want to take a long trip with this set up. I am looking at a ford f-250 now.
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:03 PM   #3
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Furthest we travel is 240 miles from home usually 1/2 that distance. Hate to show my ignorance but what do you mean by gears?
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:07 PM   #4
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Furthest we travel is 240 miles from home usually 1/2 that distance. Hate to show my ignorance but what do you mean by gears?
The final drive ratio. The lower gear ratio (higher number) is better than a higher ratio. A 3.73 is better for towing than a 3.55, and will show up with the tow ratings.

In a 3.55 ratio, the drive shaft will spin 3.55 times while the wheel turns 1 time. There might be an axle code on your drivers door that you can check on the internet, or go to a Chevy dealer with that code and they can tell you what axles you have.

There is parallel thread going on that you might want to check.....Burbs, Expys, and other SUVs are discussed.

Also, why don't you stop by the welcome mat and give us an introduction.....inquiring minds want to know.
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Quick answer is most likely/probably.

But, we need some information first to be certain. Is this a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton? What year and model of suburban and what are the limits on the door sticker? How heavy are the people and cargo are you loading into it? Etc.

Here are some initial thoughts for you.

Only you can decide how much you can tow and only after crunching the numbers. Become familiar with this calculator.

Do not take the word of the trailer salesman when they tell you that you can tow something. Frankly, this goes for the internet, too, but its such a fun question

Anyway - Do the math first with your own calculator like the one above once you have the figures for both your vehicle and the trailer. (edit - or post the data here and we'll do it - like i said - its fun to do the math).

Equal-i-zer is a good WD hitch with sway control.
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The suburban is an 05. It is a1/2 ton. door states gvw of 7200. I am a big guy 280 my wife half that. Maybe our two dogs 130 combined weight.
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The suburban is an 05. It is a1/2 ton. door states gvw of 7200. I am a big guy 280 my wife half that. Maybe our two dogs 130 combined weight.
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Mikebecki, I can't find anything readily available on the web for 2005 Suburban tow ratings. You might have to take your VIN to your local Chevy dealer, so that he can find out your engine and final drive ratio and see if he can come up with a tow rating.

I forgot to post the link to the parallel discussion I mentioned in my previous post, so here is that: Need help picking a tow vehicle
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At first, you look fine with the TV's payload and TVs towing capacity with that trailer, but get close to being overweight on the TV's GCWR. I don't know about the axle ratings. I got the figures for your TV here.

Example -
TV's GCWR 12,000 lbs
less TV's curb weight of 5,474 lbs
= 6,526 lbs remaining for the TT.

The TT's GVWR = 6,691, so you would need to be careful of loading up the trailer and TV. However, that doesn't account for you, your wife and the dogs in the Suburban.

A better way to look at this is to add the passenger weight and dogs to the TV; then your truck's weight loaded becomes at least 6,074lbs (could be more so you might want to weight the vehicle).

So, with passengers and cargo in the truck, the GCWR of 12,000 - 6,074 leaves you with 5,926 that you could tow and stay within Chevy's specs for towing. That's a fully loaded trailer weight, too. You will load the TT with supplies and mods and propane, water, etc. The actual trailer that you look at when you're at the dealer needs to be less than this amount.

See what I mean by doing the math yourself? You'd think that a Sub should be able to handle it (at first glance), but it looks like the trailer is a little too heavy for your TV.
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