Originally Posted by MHammy
Has anyone had any experience towing a 2016 27 FB International Signature with a 2011 Yukon Denali? My husband just surprised me with a new AS for his retirement. Hopefully, we will get to use it a lot! He is modifying our garage so we can store it at home which makes us both more comfortable with the investment.
Welcome to the world of Airstreaming!!
We tow a 2013 Flying Cloud 25FB with a 2010 Yukon Denali (short wheelbase).
We removed the third row seats to gain extra cargo room and payload capacity (new models don't have removable seats, unfortunately, but I think your 2011 does have them).
The Yukon's built-in receiver flexes up a lot when using a weight distributing hitch (and you must use a weight distributing hitch). We took our Yukon to Can-Am RV in London, Ontario, where they specialize in setting up towing rigs. They welded in two pieces of angle iron to reduce the flex. I think you would benefit from a modification like this.
Overall, our Yukon is an OK but not great tow vehicle. We bought it and the trailer in 2013 and have towed about 14,000 miles. We keep the Yukon because it is more maneuverable and rides better compared to a bigger truck. Towing our combination, we do feel some wiggle from the trailer when we get passed by big/fast vehicle.
We started with a Blue Ox Sway Pro hitch. Most people who have this hitch like it. We felt too much sway/wiggle with it, so we replaced it with an EAZ-Lift Elite round bar hitch with dual friction bars. The EAZ-Lift is more work to hook up, but it provides a better sway resistance. I think the amount of flex in the receiver may be the reason the Blue Ox did not work well for us.
What to expect towing your trailer with your Yukon:
Use tow/haul mode when towing. Use "Drive" for normal (flatlands) towing; we keep our highway speed around 60-62 and the tranny stays in fifth gear.
I see you are in Colorado (so are we). You may want to manually select the gear when climbing in the mountains.
When descending from major passes (such as Eisenhower tunnel to Silverthorne), you MUST manually downshift to make the engine do most of the braking. For the first couple times you do a big descent like that, I suggest you put the tranny in "2" and coast in the right lane. You'll probably be doing about 40 and will probably not need to touch your brakes (unless you catch up with a semi going even slower). If you use "3", you'll have to use your brakes a fair amount.
Going up the big climbs: The gearing on the Yukon is more tuned to the flats. Acceleration is pretty good for freeway merges, etc. But you won't be able to
keep up with the speed limit on the real steep sections.
Good luck and enjoy your Airstream!