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Old 02-16-2011, 10:43 PM   #11
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Sorry Dan, get a little touchy when someone tells me to go back and read my owners manuel...especially after I stated I do not understand...I am a potential travel trailer buyer...trying to learn what I need to to know before I buy...Always feel better talking about a posted question one on one...Maybe I have hung out on "other" forums where other members have a tendency to talk down to newbies and make them feel stupid ..With that said my question was about a Suburban, not a Subaru and regarding a TT under 4K lbs...any info would be appreciated, thnks for your time, vern

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Old 02-17-2011, 12:20 AM   #12
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no problem, no offense taken.
wasn't sure what i said wrong.

i prefer to have the right info and not assume things. so if i'm not sure of the correct specs, i usually ask so i can base my answer on the OP's particular specs.
since you had posted yours, i thought you might not know where to find them, because many new shoppers don't know that.
so, i guess i'm guilty of assuming that.

i try not to judge unless the specs of TV and trailer don't make safe sense.

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Old 02-17-2011, 08:29 AM   #13
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We have only had pup's, but want to buy a Surveyor SPT 240. Our TV is a 03 Z-71 4wd Suburban 1500 1/2 ton. Tires are "P" rated Nitto Grapplers. 35 psi max...Do not understand hitch weight? Will we be ok? Should I experience any "squat" with this set up ? Is there anything I should have done to the burb?
thnks for your time..vern
Vert, you should be OK with the Burb, but you need to be aware of some things. According to this chart the tow rating for a 2003 Surburban 5.3L, 3.73 gears is 7100 lbs. The SP-240 is a 26.5' trailer, with a listed tongue weight of 418 lbs. with a GVWR of "TBA". Adding the dry weight, and cargo carrying capacity the gross weight of that trailer is going to be over 7000 lbs. Adding the options, and a 1000 lbs. of gear should keep you well under the Burb maximum tow rating.

The tongue weight is probably going to be over 500 lbs. (and maybe close to 600 lbs.) when ready to camp, so an integrated WDH/Sway control should be used. I had a 500 lb. tongue weight trailer at 1 time, and it increased the load on my back axle by about 700 lbs., and took 200 lbs. weight off of the front axle. You need to get some of that weight off of the rear axle back to the front where it belongs.....that is the purpose of the WDH. 800 lb. bars would probably be best for that sized trailer.

There should be a sticker on your hitch that gives the maximum weights....make sure you do not exceed those.

You are looking at a fairly small trailer, but it is listed as 26.5' total length. Your Suburban has a 130" wheelbase. According to a popular chart or equation, you should be limited to a total trailer length of 25 to 26', so you are right on the fringe of those figures.

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Old 02-17-2011, 09:22 AM   #14
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This is probably one of the best articles I have seen on setting up a WD hitch.

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Old 02-17-2011, 09:56 AM   #15
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Get an equalizer WDH w/ 4way sway control. Way better and easier to deal swith than the added on friction sway controls in my opionion. Also get a Elect Brake Controller. Prodigy is what i use. The WDH will eliminate any "Squat" when set up correctly.

I tow with a 2000 F150 5.4 Triton with Auto and tow package and I pull a 29 foot trailer.

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