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pdlarson

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I know GMC Yukon XL can be 1500 or 2500 but what about the Denali? I found a chart that shows several options of Yukon XL and all options showed if it was 1/2 or 3/4 ton but the column was blank next to all Denali options? What is this thing?

I have a 2006 Suburban LTZ 1500 6.0 3.73 gears and am lookinmg for better towing but with at least the same or better equipment package and upgrade to 2500. Suggestions?

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I don't know of a Yukon XL Denali that would be a 3/4 ton. To the best of my knowledge they are all 1500's. Unless you go to the pickup. They make a Denali Duramax 2500HD. It will say 2500 on it.

If you are looking to stay with the full size suv you have few options.
Suburban 2500 (6.0L gas with 3.73 or 4.10)
Yukon XL 2500 (6.0L gas with 3.73 or 4.10)
Excursion (based on the f250 super duty)(7.3L or 6.0L diesel and the V10 or 5.4v8 in gas)

You will get more specific advice if you fill in your signature with what you are towing. Also tell us what your looking to do with this truck, price point, millage and options


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6-lug wheels=1500
8-lug wheels=2500

AFAIK, the Denali has no 1500/2500 badging...you need to count the lug nuts.


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use the published GVWR and GAWR compared to the other models.

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Its a half ton with the biggest V8 GM offers, AWD, and a more upscale interior. Half ton suspension, frame, etc. Not much different than your current rig. Ive never seen a 3/4 Burb in LTZ trim. Definitely LT trim versions are out there.

Maybe look for an 05 Excursion Limited V10/Diesel


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Perhaps you should forgo some of the bling of the Denali for the better hardware and rear suspension capacity of a 3/4 ton.


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Price point is what I'm trying to find out. In other words, what would it cost to get what I am looking for? Basically I want my 2006 Suburban 1500 LTZ 6.0 3.73 gears as a 2500 but I have not been keeping up with the GMT900 series / trim levels. Yukon XL Denali sounds nice as far as the trim level features, that is, at least as nice as my LTZ and the 6.2L sounds nice BUT I think it is only 1500 with 3.43 gears. So Yukon XL 2500 or Suburban 2500 then. I am just not familiar with trim levels. The issue with the website is I am almost certainly looking for 2009 or newer, 2007 at the oldest. Definately NOT 2012. I like the idea that '09 and newer are made in the US, not Mexico. All of my Suburbans so far were made in Janesville and I am suspicious of the build quality of the Mexican GMT900s (all the 2500s were made in MX in '07 &'08).

I am towing a 2012 Springdale 25' TT about 4300lbs empty. I haven't had it loaded it or had it on a scale yet. In fact, I haven't picked it up yet. My previous TT was a Skamper Kodiak 21TT, just a foot shorter and a few hundred pounds lighter. The Springdale is also about a foot higher up in the air and the 'burb was already struggling. I am considering as a backup plan, if the Springdale is troublesome, 4.10 gears with a tune or a different TV. I also just want to keep my options open, if someone offered to buy the TT AND TV, I want to know what it will take to buy what I would want in a TV. This would help with knowing if selling the TV + TT combo makes any sense.

Thanks for all the great replies so far. I already enjoy this forum. I am planning on upgrading the OEM hitch to a Curt class V any day now. Unless I decide to sell the TV soon...

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hmknightnc wrote:

use the published GVWR and GAWR compared to the other models.


Exactly. Look inside the door post or thereabouts.

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Denali is half ton trim only.

Yukon XL 1500 SLE/SLT/Denali
Yukon XL 2500 SLE/SLT

Suburban 1500 LS/LT/LTZ
Suburban 2500 LS/LT

You can get some of the Denali options on the LT/SLT.

I test drove a Yukon Denal and hooked up my TT. The powertrain was strong, but I would never buy one. The differential is weak as is the AWD system.

If you can live with the fuel economy, I highly recommend a 2008+ 2500. 6.0L/6-pd/3.73. Very comfortable up to its 16k GCWR. But with your TT, a half ton should be fine with about 1400-1500 pounds of payload.

* This post was edited 02/27/12 07:54am by APT *


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I had a older Expedition 4x4 with 3.73 gears and the 5.4 gas. Towed a 24ft TT 6500lbs GVW. It did ok on the flat lands but boy hit a little hill and it was a real struggle.
Replaced that vehicle with a Ford 6.0 diesel and the diference was like night and day. This promped the DW to want a larger trailer. We now have a 30ft FW. IMO get a TV bigger than you need. You would like the power of a Diesel.

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