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Old 06-14-2015, 02:10 PM   #15
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I went from Excursion Power Strokes (3 in a row) to a 2012 Yukon Denali XL and promptly got rid of it. I currently pull our 2015 30 Bunk with a 2015 Silverado HD Crew Short Bed. The Yukon Denali under load had a horrible exhaust drone inside the unit. Tried to get the dealer to put a standard Suburban exhaust on but only at my expense. The transmission was never happy and pulling heavy in and out of Denver it was under powered especially at altitude. While it had great tow ratings/mode on paper it really was setup as a daily cruiser.
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Old 06-14-2015, 02:23 PM   #16
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Well, that was about to be my next question- about the Yukon Denali XL for longer wheel base.
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Old 06-14-2015, 02:39 PM   #17
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Well, that was about to be my next question- about the Yukon Denali XL for longer wheel base.
We tow with a 2001 Denali XL, and I recommend the long wheelbase.

On the subject of the new 3/4 ton Suburban, even if it is said to be for fleet and commercial I would think anyone putting up the money would drive away in one.
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While this isn't the Yukon/Tahoe/Suburban/Escalade type you are specifically looking at, you might find some useful information in this thread on the issues you're examining, especially how our notions of towing with "half-tons" and "3/4 tons" are changing. (and, FYI, my Sube has 244,000+ miles and still tows just fine)
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ge-135639.html
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Old 06-14-2015, 03:59 PM   #19
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I went from Excursion Power Strokes (3 in a row) to a 2012 Yukon Denali XL and promptly got rid of it. I currently pull our 2015 30 Bunk with a 2015 Silverado HD Crew Short Bed. The Yukon Denali under load had a horrible exhaust drone inside the unit. Tried to get the dealer to put a standard Suburban exhaust on but only at my expense. The transmission was never happy and pulling heavy in and out of Denver it was under powered especially at altitude. While it had great tow ratings/mode on paper it really was setup as a daily cruiser.

I saw a test tow on The Fast Lane Truck and I noticed the exhaust note as well.

Just curious 2012FB, what happened to your ML?
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I guess the exhaust note is a matter of personal choice. I like the sound of the Denali's and Caddy's with that honking big Corvette-based motor. But to each his own…
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The new Expedition (regular & long) with heavy duty tow pkg has a 9200 lb tow capacity and 15,000 lb GCWR and 900 lb tongue capacity before weight distribution. Semi-interesting.

I will definitely read up on the new 1/2 tons vs older 3/4 tons too! Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 06-14-2015, 04:28 PM   #22
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Just curious 2012FB, what happened to your ML?
When we upgraded to the 30' Bunk I reluctantly and I mean reluctantly decided to go back to the 3/4 Diesel. If we did not live in Colorado and constantly pull the high mountain grades I would have stayed with it. I still think it is overall the ultimate tow vehicle. We have not decided if we will keep it. I want to but my wife would prefer a smaller daily driver.
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I guess the exhaust note is a matter of personal choice. I like the sound of the Denali's and Caddy's with that honking big Corvette-based motor. But to each his own…
I too loved the sound of it driving around town especially the back-off rumble but pulling a long grade at full tilt was way too much. My wife and kids would just go crazy.
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Hogfan, the 2015 Sierra is a 1500 with the Max Trailering Pkg., thus giving it the 373 rear end. I know the 2500 has an incredible fan base, but I have to tell you, the entire towing experience is so improved compared to Yukon that I couldn't be happier!


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Thanks Pat!!

2012FB, what is the ML?
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Thanks Pat!!

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We have a 2010 Yukon Denali (short wheelbase) and a 25FB. We consider this vehicle a compromise; more manuverable and car-like than a 3/4 ton truck, or even a 1/2 ton; it fits in our (short) garage; great seats; good highway ride unhitched; it pulls strongly, though it can't maintain the speed limit on Colorado's big passes. But it is not as stable on the road when towing when we like (and we're on our second WD hitch, and have weighed on the CAT scales many times).

I believe Pat Cassity when he says his 1/2 ton pickup is a more stable towing platform.

What's right for you is a matter of what compromises you want to make.
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The 2015 Yukons are a totally new animal. You won't hear an exhaust note.. in fact you won't hear much at all unless the radio is on. I have made the mistake of getting out of the truck forgetting to shut it off. My son just drove a 2007 suburban a few hundred miles for a client and he thought the difference was amazing - '07 has a much rougher, louder ride. Take one out for a test and see what you think.
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