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Old 11-20-2011, 06:09 PM   #1
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About to Buy A 2007 Suburban LTZ to Tow 27-FC??

I am just back from the car dealer. I am about to get a 2007 Suburban LTZ.
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-4 Speed trans with Haul Mode & cooler
- 4.10 gears
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- Label on factory receiver says: Tow Cap is 5000# with no load leveling hitch, and 10,000# with load level hitch.

We are going to buy a 27' Flying Cloud at 7600 GVW, or a 25' FC at a little less GVW.

I had initially considered a Suburban 2500. But we just couldn't find one.

Anyone have an opinion about this setup?
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:16 PM   #2
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All the 2 inch receivers say that. What did the door sticker say? I bet it is different. 10,000 pounds is a lot for a 5.3L
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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With 4:10 gears and a 10,000 lb tow rating you should be O.K. with either trailer.
The 5.3 is not a powerhouse and you may go a little slow up steep grades at high elevations but if most of your towing is level, you should be satisfied.
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I'm a bit surprised a 4:10 gear would be offered with a 5.3 engine. The 4:10 is a great pulling gear, takes some muscle to get it going. It is usually offered with the bigger engines. Might want to double check that. I would think it would be more like 3:43. If it is, the 5.3 & the 3:43 combo might not get you down the road very well. John
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:07 PM   #5
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Yep, I would make the dealer prove the 4.10 gear, and the towing weight you have stated is the capacity of the hitch....the truck will be something different. I would double check that.

I had a 1/2 ton pickup ('07) with the towing package and a 5.3L engine, and it was rated at 8300 towing capacity with a 3.73 gear.
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:12 PM   #6
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Personally, I'd try and get a 2009 Suburban with the 6-speed automatic instead of the earlier four-speed. I know I'm spending your money, but it does perform quite a bit better.

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Old 11-20-2011, 09:16 PM   #7
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Well, it looks like I've got a TV that's too light. I didn't realize that label was about the receiver only. ARGHHH. Initially, I had intended to find a late model Suburban 2500. Not easy to find.

I definitely want to be safe and conservative in the towing. But, I don't want a pickup truck. Thanks for all the advice.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:54 PM   #8
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Do a search on this forum. There are people that use 1/2 ton Suburbans that tow a 25 foot Airstream. The others are right about the rear gear ratios. The lowest offered for a 1/2 ton is a 3:73 with a tow rating of 8300lbs which you'll be able to tow the 27 but would do better with the 25. Good luck
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We tow with a '08 Surburban. We have a 27' International and have been all over..Up east coast to Maine, Tenn mountains, Colorado and haven't had any problems. Yep, we are pretty slow on the steep grades, but I'd probably be going that slow anyway if I was driving We love the room of the Burb! Two labs like their own seat too!
If I could do it all over again, I would hunt down a 2500!! They are out there, just gotta dig pretty deep.
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I too would recommend a 2500 they are out there, just takes some time to find.

Ours didn't sell on ebay... called owner made offer, went to NC to pick-up, it was definitely worth the effort. Turned out to be a GM Program vehicle w/14000mi and 2 1/2yrs on factory warranty.

Good luck in your search...

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I went ahead and bought this 2007 Suburban LTZ. It is a beautiful car. Now, we are off to find that elusive deal on the right Airstream.
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Personally, I'd try and get a 2009 Suburban with the 6-speed automatic instead of the earlier four-speed. I know I'm spending your money, but it does perform quite a bit better.

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Do 1/2 ton suburbans have 6 speed trannys now?
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Congratulations on your Suburban! Here is a site that tells you everything about how your vehicle is equipped from the factory using your VIN number:
Free VIN Decoder - Vehicle Identification Number Report
I think if you stay at 25 feet, you should be OK.
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Do 1/2 ton suburbans have 6 speed trannys now?
Yes they do. Its the only transmission available in the 1/2 ton with the 5.3l engine.
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