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Old 05-31-2008, 09:07 PM   #15
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considering a Suburban to pull our 25'

I pull our 95 25' with an 05 Yukon XL 2500 8.1L 3.73 4WD.
It does very well with pulling, stability and braking over the Colorado and NM mtn. passes. The lift gate will open while hitched unless the TV is at a sharp angle to the AS. I plan to keep this TV a long time as the 8.1L is no longer being made.

Originally Posted by Goin camping
Here's a question for current and former Suburbaners.

We are considering going to a Suburban to pull our '07 25 FB. We'll need to pull/haul about 8,000 lbs.

We usually boondock so 4X4 is mandatory.

We a surrounded by and travel over big mountains all the time. Also much time on raggedy dirt roads in the desert.

We will buy used so we're looking for the best year/model for strong pulling, durability and longevity and the ability to go freeway speeds.

We are only looking at 2500's. MPG is not a core concern as this will be a dedicated TV.

Does anyone know if you can open a tailgate or barndoor model while hooked up?

O.K. folks don't hold back on your experience and Suburban opinions.

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Old 05-31-2008, 11:11 PM   #16
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We have a '04 2500 GMC Yukon XL 4x4 to tow our '75 - 25' Tradewind. The 1/2 ton it replaced did a good job but there was a noticable difference and a smoother ride moving up to the 2500. Ike says, "if that won't get us where we're going we don't need to go there".

We've had mostly cargo doors and some tailgates. I like the current lift gate, our first, the best. If you haul something it may be easier to fasten the gait down (or rest it on the top of the gait with the window open) than the cargo doors. As it's been said, opening isn't a problem if not sharply angled.

I have been the principle driver of our Suburbans, this one being number 10 since about 1984, and they are my vehicle of choice. Except at the gas pump these days ..... but that may be an advantage for a buyer at this time.

Good luck with your search,


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Old 06-01-2008, 08:09 AM   #17
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I have the 4.10s and have not noticed any MPG hit vs the 3.73s. The 4.10s make the tranny happier, and allows a bit higher tow rating (at least pre new sheet metal models). I found my 2004 sales data (which may be vaild up through the 2006 model year):

3/4 ton 2wd 6.0L 3.73 7900lbs (quadrasteer will reduce rating by 300lbs)
3/4 ton 2wd 6.0L 4.10 9900lbs (quadrasteer will reduce rating by 300lbs)

3/4 ton 4wd 6.0L 3.73 7600lbs (quadrasteer will reduce rating by 300lbs)
3/4 ton 4wd 6.0L 4.10 9600lbs (quadrasteer will reduce rating by 300lbs)

3/4 ton 2wd 8.1L 3.73 10,500lbs (quadrasteer not avail with 8.1L)
3/4 ton 2wd 8.1L 4.10 12,000lbs (quadrasteer not avail with 8.1L)

3/4 ton 4wd 8.1L 3.73 10,200lbs (quadrasteer not avail with 8.1L)
3/4 ton 4wd 8.1L 4.10 12,000lbs (quadrasteer not avail with 8.1L)

Max payload, regardless of engine in a 3/4 ton is 2737lbs 2wd or 2431lbs 4wd.
GVWR for the 3/4 ton is 8600lbs regardless of engine config or 2wd or 4wd.

What is interesting is that the 1/2 tons have a GVWR of 7000lbs 2wd or 7200lbs 4wd. Must be a few more toys in the 3/4 ton to add such significant GVWR...
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Old 06-01-2008, 08:58 AM   #18
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3/4 Ton vehicles have much heavier frames, axles.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:22 AM   #19
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We had an '05 Suburban 4x4 2500 with the 8.1. 3.73. We decided we wanted a pick-up type bed for a generator, so we bought the same vehicle, only in an Avalanche.

We made two trips to the west coast last year, one to Seattle, and the Avalance had no problems with any mountain. We are very happy with everything about it.

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