Suburban is the longest running model/badge/name in automotive history. Just over
75 years and counting. Not the GMC version, which reset that linage and is now
only about 8-10 years old or so
What year Sub? Important as the receiver design changed from GMT400 (mine) to GMT800
and now changed again in the GMT900 platforms
All Suburban tow options that I know of came with a Class IV receiver
The GMT800 receivers should be replaced with a traditional receiver design.
About $150-$200 plus about 1 hours labor.
GMT900 is welded onto the frame and is part of the bumper system, so has crumple
zone responsibilities. Why it is limited to a 1,000 tongue weight in WD mode
So, need more info in order to help
Optional OEM and after market equipment and modifications? Especially tire size
and if suspension lifted or not.
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yes, don't pay attention to the receiver's numbers. that's specific to the receiver itself, no matter what vehicle it's on.
i agree that it sounds like a Type III, probably aftermarket, which means your Burb doesn't have the factory tow package.
need to know year, engine size, rear end ratio. you can take the VIN to a Chevy dealer to know if it has the factory tow package.
but with only a Type III, i seriously doubt it.
if it doesn't, you'll have to duplicate all the things a factory tow package comes with.
by the way, it's a hitch receiver that's bolted to the tow vehicle. a hitch is what goes into it. the trailer attaches to the hitch and the hitch attaches to the tow vehicle's receiver.
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A 1500 subrban I believe is on a 1/2 ton frame. There is a 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton Suburban. This would dictate what you could tow. I would check my tow vehicle specs to see what I can tow comfortly before purchasing anything.
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