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Old 07-08-2014, 02:46 PM   #1
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2015 Chevy Tahoe tow vehicle

Interested in anyone towing a 25 FC or equiv. with this TV. Have you had any problems towing
in mountains (5-7% grades)?


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Old 07-08-2014, 03:46 PM   #2
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Without posting your vehicle's spec's most will not be able to give you insight.

IMO, you'll find yourself challenged in the mountains.

Most members of this forum like to exceed their max towing capacity by at least 15%. Of course, there are many who would argue this number.

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Old 07-08-2014, 04:03 PM   #3
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There is a member towing his 25 with a 15 Yukon.
Try jwestermen I believe. Do a search on 2015 Yukon


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Old 07-08-2014, 04:17 PM   #4
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Interested in anyone towing a 25 FC or equiv. with this TV. Have you had any problems towing
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As I mentioned earlier, we had a couple of Tahoe's; 08' replaced with an 11" Tahoe, both pulling 25' Airstream Safari's....not great torque or power up 8% grade outside Banff couple years ago...friends F150 Echoboost left us in the dust....gas pedal to the metal, only could manage 60-62mph....he cruzed by us with same trailer like we were standing still...Can't speak to the newer models, but I would look at the Denali with 6.2L if I were to go back to an SUV. The smaller V8 from Chevy just does not cut it with the 25' AS and larger....We loved driving the Tahoe when not towing, but on a long grade or driving through the Rockies, we appreciate the power of the Echoboost...anxious to see how the new Dodge V6 Diesel 1500 compares..
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:23 PM   #5
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My 2008 Escalade EXT has the 6.2L V8 and a little over 400hp and the 6 Speed transmission... Does fine on hills (all sorts) towing my 23 footer. I was running down I-95 today at 60 mph getting 13mpg, and 10 at 65 plus! @60mph its hardly working (1500 RPM). Has tow haul but I never use it here in the flatwoods. When going up steep grades, it does get LOUD. That engine exhaust system is part of the fun of owning the 6.2. Engine braking is awesome too. (have the manual on the shifter mode with up/down shift buttons)
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:32 PM   #6
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:02 PM   #7
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The new direct injection 5.3 in the 2015 model does have more hp and torque than previous versions of the 5.3. I would expect you would want the 3.42 axle, and not the 3.08 that is standard.

I haven't towed with it, but I would expect it to do just fine.

Much will depend on your expectations as well; while you may or may not be able to do over 60 mph on 8% grades through Banff, for example, that is still exceeding the speed limit.

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My old port injected 08 pulls my 72 Sovereign just fine,, but there are some posters here that say I lie about this.....


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What did it have for a motor and how many HP?
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The new direct injection 5.3 in the 2015 model does have more hp and torque than previous versions of the 5.3. I would expect you would want the 3.42 axle, and not the 3.08 that is standard.

I haven't towed with it, but I would expect it to do just fine.

Much will depend on your expectations as well; while you may or may not be able to do over 60 mph on 8% grades through Banff, for example, that is still exceeding the speed limit.

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I read the new Tahoe has 355 horsepower and 383 torque, with 6 speed, which is much better then my 11' model. I agree with 3.42 rear end suggestion. If it is an SUV comparison, I would suggest a look at Ford also...more HP, tow capacity, fold flat rear seat (vs removal rear seat in Chevy)...
2015 Ford Expedition 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Transmission 6-speed automatic or manual 6-speed automatic only; Towing capacity 9,200 lbs (Ford) vs 8,500 lbs (Chevy) Cargo volume 108.3 cubic feet (standard model)(Ford) vs 94.7 cubic feet (Chevy) Horsepower 370 hp (Ford) vs 355 hp (Chevy)

I have no experience in last couple years with either unit. We have owned a couple Expeditions in mid 2000's and I liked the fold down rear seat much better then the Tahoe set up. We liked the Tahoe ride on our 08' and 11' model; just not enough HP/torque for 25' AS...new 2015 numbers look impressive so could be a nice TV. I will say we love our 2012 F150 Echoboost overall for utility, ride, towing, etc....happy hunting...
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Ford would be my last choice of any vehicle on the planet. Have owned 4, 3 were lemons and we ended up giving them to charity since dealerships would not stand behind them.


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The 2015 models have a fold in compartment for the 3rd seats. No more having to remove them


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The only problem is the mirrors. The big trailer towing mirrors are not available from the factory on the. 2015 Tahoe. I wonder if any after market manufacturer has them.


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Thanks; we stored the 3rd row seat and never used since a hassle to move in/out...glad to see they improved this and added more HP/Torque...
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