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Old 11-11-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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96 Suburban Towing Capacity

I have a 96 Suburban 1500 LS 2WD, 5.7. What is the most Airstream I can reasonably tow? I've been looking at a 78 Overlander 27' that too much trailer? I'm new to trailers and towing. Thanks for responding.

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Old 11-11-2010, 02:39 PM   #2
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My 2000 Yukon XL will tow about 7,200. There's a web site that lists the specs on vehicles. I don't have it marked. Somebody will post your answer.

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Old 11-11-2010, 02:50 PM   #3
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That truck most likely has a 3.42 rear axle. If possible have it changed to a 3.73. Have an additional transmission cooler installed and have the oil lines installed so the new cooler is installed AFTER the radiator. Place the new cooler forward of the AC condenser. Everyone will want to install the oil lines for the cooler before the radiator but don't let them. You want the tarns cooled not heated by the radiator.

On mine I remove the transmission cooling completely from the radiator and run the trans at 160 degrees but it is not worth that now on a 96. The only reason they originally put the cooling in the radiator was for quick winter warm up.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:51 PM   #4
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We tow our '83 Sovereign 31' with our 1995 Sub K1500 5.7 with no problems whatsoever. I run it in 3rd gear (no OD) at about 2600 to 2700 rpm, which gives about 60-62mph. We did a two week trip from KS to VA and back and averaged 10mpg.
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