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Old 04-27-2014, 07:35 PM   #1
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Iím looking at a 2007 1500 GMC Yukon XL with the 5.3 Liter Engine.

I am a Ford Person, but the Boss rights the most comfortable in a Yukon.. :roll eyes:

Does anybody here tow with one of those and what size you tow max? what fuel milage do you get?

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Old 05-03-2014, 07:22 PM   #2
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i guess nobody here tows with a similar vehicle? suburban or yukon xl 1500?
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:43 PM   #3
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I guess they are all out camping.......
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:55 PM   #4
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I tow my 6500 lb trailer with an 08 Silverado with a 5.3 and 3.73 gears, it will tow as fast as I want to go , plenty of power, and will get about 11 mpg at 60 and about 9.5 at 70.

This thread will probably kick in in a bit when a few people will tell you that the 5.3 won't do the job and you will need a diesel.....

Anyway posting from experience, I can say for sure that my truck will pull Ranger hill (west of Dallas) and Texas Canyon (east of Tucson) easily at 70 plus.

The steepest hill I have been on was south of Globe, AZ, an 8% grade, I didn't crowd it super hard and dropped to about 37 MPH. There aren't a lot of 8% grades, and for the ones there are, if you can climb them at 35, you will likely get stuck behind a truck anyway.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:57 PM   #5
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Landrum, By the way I am in Benton, we are practically neighbors.
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I see you are going to pull a 1948 22 footer, you will hardly know it is there behind a Yukon or Suburban.

You will get better mileage, I wouldn't be surprised if you get 12, 13, or even better with your combo.
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We tow a 20 foot Flying Cloud with our 2008 Tahoe. 5.3l and 4 spd auto 3:73 gears and tow package. It does fine going up the grades to get out of So Cal. We get 21 MPG solo and 12 to 13 MPG towing our trailer.
I know its not a Suburban or Yukon XL but, it might give you some idea?
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:00 PM   #8
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Landrum, By the way I am in Benton, we are practically neighbors.

I just "met" another forum member today from Searcy. We are fairly new to Airstreaming and WBCCI, but we are slowly meeting fellow Arkansans. We just camped a couple of weeks ago at Crater of Diamonds with 5 others from Arkansas which was a lot of fun. You need to get plugged in.
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:18 PM   #9
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For sure!

I went for a drive a few weeks ago along the south shore of Lake Quachita, the wife and I were thinking about towing out to one of the "resorts" along the lake just for a weekend, a little old place called Shangri-La is about my speed...

About three weeks ago I spent a weekday visiting my sisters cousin at the Crater of Diamonds, they had brought their giant motor home from California..... this was the first time I felt like my little 31 footer was insufficient...
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:28 PM   #10
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I am pretty new to Airstreaming too. I bought my first one last March, gutted it repaired it and made the first trip last June.

After we got back I rebuilt a bunch of stuff that didn't work out and made the second trip in February, we are waiting for circumstances, (and new axles) to make our third trip to the southwest.

Building my trailer might be the most fun I have ever had.

Drop in and see me some time if you get the chance, I work at 65th street and I-30 in the old Cummins building, my Airstreams are there.
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We tow our 25' with a 2005 Tahoe. It's a little slower than I like uphill, but then my daily driver is a 2011 5.0 Mustang. Mileage is probably 11-12 on the flats. We have a Reese Dual Cam hitch, so sway and the like is zero problem.
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I don't know if my truck just runs better than the average 5.3 equipped truck or what, but I am pretty impressed with the way my 324 cubic inch engine pulls my 31 foot trailer.

I haven't had the opportunity to pull hills like Raton Pass, the Grapevine, the Cabbage Patch or other truly long and impressive hills, but Texas Canyon is a pretty good pull, as is coming out on the other side of Benson, AZ, I can do 70 here if I want, and that ain't bad folks.
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Ok... Looks like we are getting an 08 suburban Ltz with the 5.3 . My wife likes the vehicle.

Towing is supposingly rated at 7500lbs.

With that being said, I should be able to pull any vintage 31.

Does anybody here tows an early 34 as they are rated at 6500 ? Any recommended upgrades for the tow vehicle , ie overload airbags, additional cooler if possible?

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Make sure it has the tow package. If you look through the front grill, there should be the external transmission cooler. Confirm that it has the 3:73 rear gears as well.
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