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Old 06-16-2014, 07:19 AM   #1
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We have begun our search for an Airstream trailer. We are going from a pop up to an Airstream.

Here is what we know:

1) Due to tow limits of the Tahoe, we want an AS that is from the 60's-80's.

2) Due to our family size, we want more space than 25'.

3) We don't mind a little decorative fix up, but we are not capable for full on restoration.

4) Our Tahoe has the HD package, 3.42 ratio, 6 speed, 5.3L, and I have TWO GVWR's for it. The first one comes from the factory that built the Tahoe in Texas and added in the HD towing package stating the GVWR would be 7,300. The owner's manual states 8200 with the HD. I'm going to stick with the 7,300. The GCWR is around 11,500 (If I remember correctly).

So for the past month, I've been reading about short wheel bases being an equal concern as the tow weight of the trailer. As in, even if you are well within specs on the trailer weight and under it for your tow vehicle, having a long trailer (over 24') for the Tahoe is NOT good. However, then I read other opinions that if the weights are good (Gvwr, Gcwr, and tongue weight), then having the correct WDH and stabilization is really the deciding factor into length of the trailer and our Tahoe could reasonably handle (not just pull, but handle, and maneuver) a longer trailer.

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Old 06-16-2014, 07:41 AM   #2
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I guess first question is are you going to be a full-timer or part time AS user. If part time the Tahoe, especially if paid for, is a good tow vehicle especially for east coastish running.

From what i have been finding in my research is, if fulltiming and or going out west a lot the tahoe will work but a good diesel is better. I

I guess you can say towing miles with gas are double wear and tear on engine vs diesel. dont know that for sure just a guess but maybe close.

Like one guy was saying running all day towing at 3500 rpm is tiring vs 1500 rpm with diesel, hence the 2-1 mileage figure. but then again i am no expert.


just for point of reference.. a 2002 f-250 super duty, crew bac, pickup with 7.3L diesel auto tran has GVCW 8600 a 2003 excursion with 7.3L, auto trans tow package has GVCW of 9300.. a 700 lbs difference amazing..
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Well, another tow vehicle is not an option right now, but we will not ever be full-timing. For the next two years, we probably won't venture out west, but some trips may include the Blue Ridge in Virginia/NC.

I was wrong about the GCWR. It is 14,000 lbs. Also, we would be removing the back seats when towing and putting gear in the trailer.

So you do not see the longer length of the trailer being a problem for the Tahoe as long as all weights are well within margins and a proper anti-sway WDH is set up?
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Since you care enough to actually check out your Yukon's towing capabilities, you should really install a WD/anti-sway hitch to stay "legal." As Nike would say, "Just Do It!"
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Well, another tow vehicle is not an option right now, but we will not ever be full-timing. For the next two years, we probably won't venture out west, but some trips may include the Blue Ridge in Virginia/NC.

I was wrong about the GCWR. It is 14,000 lbs. Also, we would be removing the back seats when towing and putting gear in the trailer.

So you do not see the longer length of the trailer being a problem for the Tahoe as long as all weights are well within margins and a proper anti-sway WDH is set up?
lot of nice place in both NC and Va, not to mention GA and SC as well.

you should be able to pull both black mountain pass on I-40 and fancy gap on I-77 with that truck.. just don't try to maintain speed limit.. just let it get in a good pulling rpm/ speed and go.. it might be only 45MPH but just stay in right slow lane and enjoy the view.
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