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Old 05-01-2017, 06:09 PM   #1
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Cool Can I Tow a 28A with a Chevy Tahoe

I am getting ready to order a 2018 28A with twin beds GVWT 7,600 lbs. I have a 2017 Chevy Tahoe with max towing package rated at 8,600 towing capacity. I am hoping this vehicle will pull the trailer adequately. Looking for feedback.
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Old 05-01-2017, 06:37 PM   #2
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It should. Watch your payload though. That's the number you'll have to manage.
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Old 05-01-2017, 06:39 PM   #3
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There are many threads on this site regarding adequate tow vehicles and I'm sure you will hear many opinions. As a 1 year AS owner, I'm still trying to sort things out. Currently, I'm towing our 25' Flying Cloud with a 6.2L GMC Denali which would be similar to your Tahoe. It provides plenty of power to pull the trailer, but I've had some issues with transmission temperatures and stability in crosswinds. We're using a Reese Dual Cam Hitch.

One thing I've researched is wheelbase of the tow vehicle to increase stability. I've read that Rule of Thumb is 110" wheelbase works for 20' trailer. Each additional 4" of wheelbase provides for an additional foot length of trailer. My GMC has a 116" wheelbase, so that suggests a 21.5' trailer. Therefore, I'm 20" short of recommended wheelbase. Since trucks usually have a minimum 140" wheelbase, they seem to be more satisfactory for longer trailers.

If I move to a truck, my hope would be to find more trailer sway stability in modest crosswinds because of the added wheelbase length. In your situation, your probably pushing it with a 28' trailer. Just my opinion.
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I tow my 30' with an Escalade, which is a similar platform to the Tahoe. No issues whatsoever.
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I've had some issues with transmission temperatures and stability in crosswinds. We're using a Reese Dual Cam Hitch.
Look at your hitch setup. If that doesn't resolve it to your satisfaction, you may want to consider a 3P hitch.

Transmission temps climb when the transmission is constantly shifting (hunting), and/or the torque converter isn't in lockup. Both can be addressed by appropriate gear selection.

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One thing I've researched is wheelbase of the tow vehicle to increase stability. I've read that Rule of Thumb is 110" wheelbase works for 20' trailer.
Seems like an old wives tale to me. That rule doesn't consider trailer rotational inertia or other characteristics such as side area of the trailer. If you want to consider TV wheelbase, look at the ratio of rear overhang to wheelbase. The overhang is the lever, the wheelbase provides a resistance to lateral forces. Or, use a 3P hitch that reduces the length of the lever. While it is one factor, by itself, wheelbase doesn't mean much IMO.
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On our experience with similar vehicles here's how I would set it up.

ProPride/Hensley hitch with 1400 lb weight distribution bars to project the trailer's pivot point forward to the rear axles, like a fifth wheel or semi. You'll always have a rock solid stable towing experience. The 1400 lb w.d. bars will ensure you can distribute the Airstream hitch weight among the Tahoe and Airstream, and still have some capability for anything carried in the back of the Tahoe.

That said, with the Tahoe axle weight limits, trailer hitch weight, and overall vehicle weight of the Tahoe I wouldn't travel with anything but the lightest of gear behind the axles of the Tahoe.

If you're headed for long, steep mountain grades travel light as possible, it's just a better towing experience. Manage your speeds up and especially down these grades, the other 98% of your towing experience will be easy and routine.

Take you time, learn the capabilities of your combination, how to load it and especially how to set up the weight distribution system. When all set up and loaded, take the combination to a CAT scale and ensure your truck (and trailer) axle loads are within their ratings (GAWR).
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Just Don't Do It! I started out with a Yukon Denali 3 years ago. Will it or a Tahoe tow a 28 footer? Yes! Will you 'enjoy' the experience? No! It just never 'feels' safe. Go to a campground, private or public and take a look around. Most experienced TT RV'ers tow with a pickup. Unless one has towed with both types of vehicles one has no idea how much more secure one feels in a pickup.
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Can I Tow a 28A with a Chevy Tahoe

No!!! You must buy a Ford F-350 diesel with a minimum of 900lbs of torque and a 4,000lb payload.

Oops sorry wrong thread

Slap on your favorite WD hitch, watch your payload and off you go. Have fun and be safe.

I have 20k + towing Miles with a similar SUV (Infiniti QX) and trailer weight. I live at the doorstep of the Colorado Rockies and travel all over the mountains and have in and over every major pass in CO.

Large SUV works just fine for me. But that's me. You need to figure out what you are comfortable with.
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A Tahoe is basically a short-wheelbase Chev pickup with an enclosed back instead of a pickup bed. Towing comfort, rock-solid stability, and safety are achieved with a modern hitch assembly.

We used a ProPride hitch on our Ram 120" wheelbase pickup and towed it all over the country many times, you hardly knew the Airstream was following. There were no sway inputs ever felt by the driver (me), they were all projected to the trucks rear axle and stopped, not leveraged forward.
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I am getting ready to order a 2018 28A with twin beds GVWT 7,600 lbs. I have a 2017 Chevy Tahoe with max towing package rated at 8,600 towing capacity. I am hoping this vehicle will pull the trailer adequately. Looking for feedback.
The simple answer is 8,600>7,600 so you're fine.

I also tow with an SUV, but my numbers are a little closer to capacity than yours. In my case it's 10,000>9,995 But that's still within spec, and my truck tows it just fine. So far we've got about 8,000 miles on our setup taking it as far as the Florida panhandle and Vancouver.
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The only problem I foresee with the new Tahoe is the lack of available factory tow mirrors- unless they have changed that-
I tow a 30' with a Tundra equipped with extendable towing mirrors.
There may be aftermarket options for tow mirrors for a Tahoe.
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What's already been said here...with the proper weight distribution hitch you should be fine. Just know your payload numbers and remember tongue weight should be included in your payload calculations. We towed a '73 31' International for years with a 2002 Tahoe.
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I do it. Works fine. Do pay attention to payload, though, and invest in a good WD hitch setup. Set it up, add food, kids, and dogs, then go weigh it so you know where the loads ready are.
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Can you ... yes you can, but at the end of the day it's all about comfort and confidence that when the unexpected happens (and it will) your margins of safety won't compound the emergency or unexpected situation. I think it's about risk and how willing are you to accept more risk when towing. In your case, if I understand your original posting, you have a brand new Tahoe, that I am sure you do not want to replace with a 3/4 ton truck, so as many posters have said, just be mindful of your loading (get an accurate weighing), use a reliable WD hitch and take your time. Don't put yourself into higher risk situations such as pushing your trailer and TV loading or tackling a steep mountain pass when you know the weather is iffy (wind, rain or snow). Just be aware and be careful and you will have a wonderful AS experience.
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