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Posted By: maffetts on 01/27/11 01:10pm

We have a Keystone Springdale, 7000lb dry. Our current pick-up is maxed out for towing this, we feel it 'jumping' back and forth. We are trying to decide if a Surburban 2500 would be comfortable towing this. Any suburban users out there?


Posted By: APT on 01/27/11 01:48pm

I am looking at used ones with the 8.1L. What years are you looking for, new?

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2011 Suburban 2500 6.0L 3.73 pulling 2011 Heartland North Trail 28BRS
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Posted By: camping cowleys on 01/27/11 06:34pm

I have a 2500 Yukon and tow a trailer that is very similar in weight to yours, see the sig below.
Fully loaded for a 2 week trip I came in at just under 16k lbs cvw and the truck is rated for 19k.
The problem is that I am only 300lbs under the rear axle limit. As said previously that will be your limiting factor.
I am very happy with the way the truck tows.


John,Carol
Sarah,Rachel, JJ
2005 YukonXL 2500 8.1 4.10
2008 Sunnybrook 298BH


Posted By: carringb on 01/27/11 02:24pm

If it weighs 7000 dry, you are probably looking at about 7600 for an actual unloaded weight, which means I could see it topping 9000 pounds loaded. Weighing the trailer loaded is the best thing to do, otherwise you should look at the trailer GVWR.

The Suburban 2500 can pull 9000 pounds, but that means a tongue weight of around 1400 pounds, which would only leave about 500 pounds for your family and luggage before you overload the Suburban.


Bryan

2000 Ford E350 DRW Wagon, V10 - 385,000 miles
2014 CreekSide 31KQBS (QuadSlide bunkhouse)



Posted By: Dick_B on 01/27/11 03:28pm

I like the Surburban with the 8.1L engine idea but be sure it has a tow package.
I'm not convinced that the newer models with their six cylinder engines will do the job.
The pickup trucks seem to have more towing capacity.


Dick_B
2003 SunnyBrook 27FKS
2011 3/4 T Chevrolet Suburban
Equal-i-zer Hitch
One wife, two bikes (both Electric Schwinn's with motor assist)


Posted By: Mortimer Brewster on 01/27/11 06:19pm

If I were you I would search for a Burb with an 8.1 engine. 2006 was the last year GM offered the 8.1. For a 2005 Suburban 2500 with the 8.1 and a 3.73 rear end, the max tow rating is 10,300. With a 4.10 rear end the rating goes up to 12,000 lbs.
Lack of power will not be a problem if you get a Burb with an 8.1. Just don't look at the gas pump when you fill it up.

* This post was edited 01/29/11 06:45pm by Mortimer Brewster *


Posted By: MNRon on 01/27/11 09:32pm

I had an F150 SuperCrew and switched to a YukonXL 3/4 8.1L years ago. No comparison towing. At the time we had a 7000lb trailer about 30ft long. Now we have a heavier trailer, probably loaded about 8500lb. The Yukon pulls it great, more importantly handles it great.

What the previous poster said though...I get 11mpg around town as my commuter (13mpg on the road w/o a trailer) and anywhere from 6.5 to 8.5mpg when pulling the trailer (dependent on hills and wind, I lock the cruise in at ~62mph usually).

Good luck,
Ron


Ron & Pat (and 2 Portuguese Water Dogs)
2013 Silverado 3500 Duramax SRW
2005 HitchHiker DA 31.5LKTG


Posted By: mrw8i on 01/28/11 12:12am

MNRon wrote:

...
What the previous poster said though...I get 11mpg around town as my commuter (13mpg on the road w/o a trailer) and anywhere from 6.5 to 8.5mpg when pulling the trailer (dependent on hills and wind, I lock the cruise in at ~62mph usually).

Good luck,
Ron


Pretty much the exact same mileage I get with my 2004 3/4ton 8.1L Suburban.

Mike


Posted By: usmc616 on 01/28/11 08:26pm

I have owned 3 Suburbans so far, all were 1500 series. When we wanted a larger TV I looked for a used 2500 with the 8.1 liter engine. I ended up finding an Excursion instead. I think it will be a long hunt for you to find that combination.


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2004 Ford Excursion LTD 4x4 V-10 3.73 Gears, Hellwig Swaybar, Bilstein Shocks & Steering Stabilizer, Roadmaster Active Suspension, Super Duty Tow Mirrors
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2010 Jayco G2 32BHDS.


Posted By: MNRon on 01/27/11 09:19pm

I had an F150 SuperCrew and switched to a YukonXL 3/4 8.1L years ago. No comparison towing. At the time we had a 7000lb trailer about 30ft long. Now we have a heavier trailer, probably loaded about 8500lb. The Yukon pulls it great, more importantly handles it great.

What the previous poster said though...I get 11mpg around town as my commuter (13mpg on the road w/o a trailer) and anywhere from 6.5 to 8.5mpg when pulling the trailer (dependent on hills and wind, I lock the cruise in at ~62mph usually).

Good luck,
Ron


Posted By: MNRon on 01/27/11 09:20pm

I had an F150 SuperCrew and switched to a YukonXL 3/4 8.1L years ago. No comparison towing. At the time we had a 7000lb trailer about 30ft long. Now we have a heavier trailer, probably loaded about 8500lb. The Yukon pulls it great, more importantly handles it great.

What the previous poster said though...I get 11mpg around town as my commuter (13mpg on the road w/o a trailer) and anywhere from 6.5 to 8.5mpg when pulling the trailer (dependent on hills and wind, I lock the cruise in at ~62mph usually).

Good luck,
Ron


Posted By: MNRon on 01/27/11 09:20pm

I had an F150 SuperCrew and switched to a YukonXL 3/4 8.1L years ago. No comparison towing. At the time we had a 7000lb trailer about 30ft long. Now we have a heavier trailer, probably loaded about 8500lb. The Yukon pulls it great, more importantly handles it great.

What the previous poster said though...I get 11mpg around town as my commuter (13mpg on the road w/o a trailer) and anywhere from 6.5 to 8.5mpg when pulling the trailer (dependent on hills and wind, I lock the cruise in at ~62mph usually).

Good luck,
Ron


Posted By: MNRon on 01/27/11 09:20pm

I had an F150 SuperCrew and switched to a YukonXL 3/4 8.1L years ago. No comparison towing. At the time we had a 7000lb trailer about 30ft long. Now we have a heavier trailer, probably loaded about 8500lb. The Yukon pulls it great, more importantly handles it great.

What the previous poster said though...I get 11mpg around town as my commuter (13mpg on the road w/o a trailer) and anywhere from 6.5 to 8.5mpg when pulling the trailer (dependent on hills and wind, I lock the cruise in at ~62mph usually).

Good luck,
Ron


Posted By: MNRon on 01/27/11 09:20pm

I had an F150 SuperCrew and switched to a YukonXL 3/4 8.1L years ago. No comparison towing. At the time we had a 7000lb trailer about 30ft long. Now we have a heavier trailer, probably loaded about 8500lb. The Yukon pulls it great, more importantly handles it great.

What the previous poster said though...I get 11mpg around town as my commuter (13mpg on the road w/o a trailer) and anywhere from 6.5 to 8.5mpg when pulling the trailer (dependent on hills and wind, I lock the cruise in at ~62mph usually).

Good luck,
Ron


Posted By: MSGMadhatter on 07/22/11 10:48am

I pulled 7500lbs with a 1/2T Sub. It would walk around when trucks passed me, until I put LT tires on her. Then it drove like a dream and no more sway.

Now I own a 1500HD 4dr Chevy Silverado, 6L mtr. I tow 34' TT Jayco 31BHDS. From OKC TO Albuquerque was easy. TT does not move at all in open Texas flat plains on I40

If I buy again, I would get the 2500HD CC diesel, then I couldd pull anything I could ever want.


MSG MADHATTER (Life Member Good Sam)
1500 HD Silverado, 6L
Jayco Eagle Super Light 298RLDS (Hers)
Jayco Greyhawk 24SS Class C (His)


Posted By: N7SJN on 07/22/11 08:50pm

We have a 08 2500 Burb w/6l and a 6speed trans. Works great towing our TT. Total scale wt 14K Burb+TT.


Posted By: mrw8i on 07/22/11 08:58pm

I have an 8.1L 2500 Suburban 4.10 rear end. Our trailer is 6,000 GVWR. All of our camping trips involve at least a 4,000 foot elevation change. Tomorrow a 9,000 foot elevation change. If you lived in mountainous country, I would say no, you'll be disappointed because of your weight. Living in Texas or the midwest (read flat country) I think an 8.1L should do you well. Be aware that the 8.1L (thru '06) had a 4 speed tranny so you do wind up the engine sometimes.


Posted By: Ole Man Dan on 07/22/11 09:51pm

carringb wrote:

If it weighs 7000 dry, you are probably looking at about 7600 for an actual unloaded weight, which means I could see it topping 9000 pounds loaded. Weighing the trailer loaded is the best thing to do, otherwise you should look at the trailer GVWR.
The Suburban 2500 can pull 9000 pounds, but that means a tongue weight of around 1400 pounds, which would only leave about 500 pounds for your family and luggage before you overload the Suburban.


Suburbans with the 8.1 are very strong.
They are big enough to do the job. Just don't load everything
you own inside. They handle well in the mountains.
Don't expect great fuel mileage.
The object is to tow,so, fill it up and go...(Not a Poet)


Posted By: ElPasoTom on 07/23/11 08:34am

N7SJN wrote:

We have a 08 2500 Burb w/6l and a 6speed trans. Works great towing our TT. Total scale wt 14K Burb+TT.


Ditto for us... 6L 08' Burb.... Suburban weighs 7220 ready to go full of people and fuel, and our whole rig weighs 14,000. Since June 26th we have towed from El Paso, TX through Colorado, Wyoming, over three really high mountain passes... on the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, then Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and back through Iowa and Nebraska with heat index over 115 degrees.

Tows fine but be aware of the following:

1. You will wind up the motor to 3500-4000 rpm on steep grades. This is normal and what a small block does to generate most of its horsepower.

2. Use the "manual" setting to choose gears on steep descent and let the motor help save your brakes... to hell with all the people stacked up behind you.

3. I averaged 6.7-8.5mpg towing with the most common being 7.8mpg

4. Once I switched to a larger transmission cooler my average tow temps have been 147-162 degrees. I did see 182 degrees over a Colorado Pass, and 174 degrees through Iowa last week in the heat.

Link to tranny cooler upgrade



That's all for now.


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