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Old 03-25-2006, 08:00 AM   #15
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For what it is worth....

Here is the link to the road construction information for yellowstone http://www.nps.gov/yell/planvisit/or...l/roadclos.htm
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:05 AM   #16
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Doing the numbers on the Tahoe

Hello KeithCheri ...or Keith & Cheri -- welcome to the forums!

You are getting some good routing and tourism advice, but let's get back to your basic question. The Tahoe may not be the best long-term tow vehicle for a 25' Classic. Current day Classics show a hitch weight of empty trailer w/o options to be 870#. LP in your tanks, weight distribution gear, and any reasonable personal gear on the trailer will unavoidably push the hitch or tongue weight up to at least 1000#! That being said, you may be able to do the trip and I hope your Airstream dreams are only sunny.

I've been through this in detail recently on the GMC badgemates at this thread. The Tahoe LT looks to have exactly the same numbers as the straight Yukon, as seen on this line:
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The Yukon has [load capacity] numbers of 1522 & 1590 for two different models.
If your hitch weight is 1000# (and weighing it is the only way to establish the actual number), the Tahoe's load capacity dictates that the remaining load (passengers, etc) in the TV can be either 522# or 590#. Can you do that? [Look at the Capacities/Payload area for the Tahoe LT. The Trailering/Max. Trailer Weight is secondary. First and foremost you can not expect to safely drive an overloaded tow vehicle.]

I will accept any corrections to my remote figuring and have not owned the TV in question. Ultimately you would be advised to re-read & understand the towing section in your Tahoe owners manual. Related info is on the Airstream FAQ page mentioned in the Yukon thread. Really though -- fall in love with your Airstream and adventure! In my opinion it would be prudent to make long term plans to upgrade your tow vehicle.
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Old 03-25-2006, 11:21 AM   #17
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The one problem nobody has mentioned is the gate to West Yellowstone. With your 8'6" trailer you might have an inch of clearance on each side to get through. We barely made it with the Bambi and wouldn't want to try it with the Safari. The gate pillars show the many scars of those who bumped their way through. No problem on the north gate to Gardner or the south one toward Wind River Canyon or Jackson.
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The one problem nobody has mentioned is the gate to West Yellowstone. With your 8'6" trailer you might have an inch of clearance on each side to get through. We barely made it with the Bambi and wouldn't want to try it with the Safari. The gate pillars show the many scars of those who bumped their way through. No problem on the north gate to Gardner or the south one toward Wind River Canyon or Jackson.
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Thanks for all the great feedback..all of this info is really helping us.. now, deciding what to do !!!
we are another year out from buying another vehicle..looks like we will be real slow going up the mountains..hope we make it ok.. our silver palace wouldn't look good stalled on the side of a mountain..lol
My husband has his nose in the airstream/tahoe book now doing more research.. thanks again..
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Just be sure to stay off the brakes going downhill. Never use the top gear in an automatic (also called overdrive) while going down steep grades. Slow going up is a given. Slowly going down will get you home in one piece!
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