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Old 06-13-2015, 08:02 PM   #1
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2015 Yukon Denali, Escalade, or similar?

Hey guys!

Does anyone tow with a 2015 Yukon Denali, Escalade, or something similar? These both have a 6.2 liter V8, 420hp, 5,600 hp rpm, and 460 lb ft torque.

We are considering for a 2015 27'. Our lifestyle is better suited for a large SUV rather than a truck and these two seem to have the most robust SUV engine I can find? They are nearly in line with an F250??

I think our current 2005 Tahoe with 5.8 liter V8 295hp is going to struggle a bit with this task, so we're just beginning to explore alternate tow vehicles and would love any insight on the Denali/Escalade!

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Old 06-13-2015, 08:31 PM   #2
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Would of course have a weight dist hitch as well!
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:40 PM   #3
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You have found the current sport utilities with the strongest motors - both hp and torque.

With regard to whether or not that is enough vehicle for towing and stopping a 27' trailer will get mixed answers from the Forums members. You will have to decide based upon your own comfort factors.

The other related critical issue for you to consider is the ability of the tow vehicle to carry enough of your "stuff" while towing the trailer. The half-ton SUV's are pretty limited in their ability to carry a lot more weight.

Don't know the timing, but there are rumors of a three-quarter ton SUV to come from General Motors in the future.......
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Hogfan there are folks on the forums that tow with the Yukons. That said there are also those that had issues and went to a truck, usually 3/4 ton. Two things to check. One already mentioned is load carrying in the SUV. You might find yourself short on putting anything in the SUV once you load on the tongue and WD setup weight. Second is the towing capacity of the Yukon. I see in the 2015 GMC Towing guide either 7900-8400# capacity. 27's are in the 7600# fully loaded weight. Also it doesn't look like the heavy duty trailering package is available on the Denali.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:17 AM   #5
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We would LOVE a 3/4 ton SUV!! We sure wish they still made the Excursion or Suburban 2500. We've looked at used ones, but the Suburbans are gasoline and most of the ones available have well over 100,000 miles already. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the mileage, but I usually prefer those miles to be ours and we know the history. Same with the Excursions.

Will also peek at the Infiniti QX80 and maybe browse some trucks. Maybe GM will make us a 3/4 ton SUV!
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:19 AM   #6
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Ghaynes755, good point about the trailer if pkg, that's important!! Our Tahoe does have that now and we'd need it for sure!
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2500 HD for power, Trailor Control, Safety and Stoping
It's an easy choice. Do you want the AS to be the boss or do you want the TV to be the boss?
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We tow our 28' international with a 2014 Denali with 6.4 gas model and with towing package. No problems so far after 8 trips with lots of mountains and switchbacks
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Really like my Escalade EXT, which is more than just an expensive 5 passenger pick up truck. Nice styling. Platinum option is very high end but costly. OEM set up is perfect for towing. Has many items in the standard towing package. Example: (1) tow mode activation switch on gear selector lever which changes the towing transmission parameters (2) separate extra transmission cooler w/ temp gage on the dash (3) tow harness w/ heavier black wire and blue wire also. (4) air adjusting rear shocks (5) ride comfort controls (6) selected systems overrides. Lots of horsepower and torque. Not for super heavy trailers or 5th wheels. Chevy Avalanche line dropped in favor of the Cadillac EXT
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I just read as mentioned earlier that GM has "confirmed" the Suburban 2500HD will be back for 2016 model year, but may be limited to fleet and commercial only. Hum...... If we could get our hands on that, we'd buy it immediately!

Part of our hesitation with like an F250 or large 2500 truck is that we have two senior citizen labradors that travel with us and it's already hard to get them in and our of an SUV, a big truck will be even harder I think.
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We tow our 25' FB with a 2015 Yukon srt, so the smaller V8 & shorter body, and have no problems whatsoever. I did have CanAm beef up the hitch to eliminate any flex. You'll like the truck and I'm jealous - the 27s are very nice!!
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If you look at the Denali spec sheet on the window of each SUV, it says that the Trailer tow package is included in the Denali model whereas the regular Yukon/Tahoe is a option.


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Recently traded my 2014 Yukon Denali for a Sierra SLT, pulling a 2015 27' FC. Never could make it work. Hated the effects of the auto leveling on the Denali. Never felt comfortable with it after the wreck. Love the Sierra. What a difference in how a longer wheelbase vehicle tows compared to the short wheelbase Denali. The 6.2 in the Denali was plenty of power and torque for the 27'. However, it just never felt like it was built to be a tow vehicle. The Sierra on the other hand is much more than I expected. Just returned from a 3000 mile trip. Averaged 12.7 mpg and it only has 6000 miles on it. Never got better than about 10.5 from the Denali.


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Pat, is your Sierra a 1500? And you noticed that much difference without having to step up to a 2500?
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