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Old 02-27-2014, 06:58 AM   #1
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Thanks to Everyone for all the great info on this site!
My wife and I are recently retired and ready to explore the world in an Airstream. We have done a lot of research and are getting ready to buy.
Our proposed setup is a 25' flying cloud twin pulled by a Yukon XL Denali.
My plan is to purchase a ProPride hitch for the rig.
My question is this....The Yukon's factory hitch receiver weight rating is 1000# with a WD hitch. The 25' FC specs show a hitch weight of 835#. If I add a ProPride will I not be exceeding my max tongue weight or very close to it?
Being new to this business I want to be a cautious tower!
Thanks in advance for any input. If I need to post elsewhere let me know!
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:29 AM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We have towed our 2005 Safari 25FB over 120,000 miles with two different Suburban 2500s. These tow vehicles were a 2004 and a 2005. These tow vehicles did well with our 7,400# Airstream. I did have a problem with the OEM hitch receivers on these vehicle. Both developed weld cracks. I replaced both with aftermarket Class IV receivers. I don't know if the receivers on the newer model Suburbans are any better.

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Old 02-27-2014, 07:35 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply!
My Yukon is a 2014 and is a 1/2 ton with the 6.2 litre engine. My main concern is that 1000# hitch rating...thinking of doing same as you and swapping to a class IV
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:13 AM   #4
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The previous generation SUV had a rounded tow hitch and the current body style have a squared tow hitch. I have one in our 2008 Tahoe, better made. The only issue is that it is mounted in the number and you will need a longer drop bar to have your setup leveled.
Btw, you didn't want to wait for a new 2015 Denali? They look great, they are just starting to show up at showrooms
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:18 AM   #5
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You should do fine with a 2014 1500, especially with the six speed transmission. I think that you should be able to handle the tongue weight with the weight distribution function of the ProPride.

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Old 02-27-2014, 08:21 AM   #6
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Thanks....I like the 2015 bit it's about 8K more $$!!
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:27 AM   #7
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You don't say what year your Denali is, but in theory it should work fine, especially if it is a late enough model to have the six speed transmission.

The GM receiver hitches have a history of rusting, and then later failing welds. Again, in theory the hitch will be fine because a lot of the tongue weight is distributed to the front of the tow vehicle, and some back to the trailer. But, I would at a minimum keep a close eye on the receiver for corrosion, and the welds.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:03 AM   #8
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It's a 2014 with the 6.2L engine.
Just thought of another issue....it seems the ProPride hitch may add tongue weight to the point of exceeding the max of 15% of loaded trailer weight.
Any thoughts?
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I have the 6.2L and 6 sp tranny in my 2008 Esc Ext. No worries about power or running hot. Use T/H on slopes and all is good. I use an Equalizer WDH which is set up correctly to level the truck and all is good even with the Air shocks in back. Keep an eye on your GVWR though.
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You don't say what year your Denali is, but in theory it should work fine, especially if it is a late enough model to have the six speed transmission.

The GM receiver hitches have a history of rusting, and then later failing welds. Again, in theory the hitch will be fine because a lot of the tongue weight is distributed to the front of the tow vehicle, and some back to the trailer. But, I would at a minimum keep a close eye on the receiver for corrosion, and the welds.
Steve, this concern is with the older tubular receivers which on a Yukon would be BELOW the bumper. OP doesn't say what year, but if the receiver comes THROUGH the bumper skin and is very high in comparison to the older ones, it is a large rectangular receiver and is actually the rearmost frame crossmember. They have zero issues that I am aware of.
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Read the label on your hitch. Keep in mind, that OEM tow rating are different than hitch ratings. I have a tow limit of 7600 on my 2008 ESC EXT but the hitch (of the later design mentioned above) indicates 12,000 with a WDH. Tongue wt limit on the Hitch is 1,500 using a WDH, but that would pretty much put me over my carrying capacity for my truck. So I use tongue wt (including WDH components) as a piece of the puzzle when it comes to figuring my carrying capacity.) I generally use the carrying capacity of the trailer to offload stuff from the truck. I am well within the combined weight restrictions given the gross limit of my trailer.


Also keep in mind the different wt limits of your front and rear axles as using a WDH can put a bit much more weight on that front axle. Mine is setup to adjust for that. The driver door label will give you these specs. I can carry 4100#s on my rear but just 3800#s on my front. My actual gross weight limit of 7200 is 700#s less than these combined, so don't assume you can push Both to the limit.
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1,000lbs.

The first thing I would do is study the limits on this sight.

Trailer Hitch Classes Review | etrailer.com

While your receiver may be rated at 1,000 lbs consider the trailer weight.

I offer this after having to replace an OEM GM receiver that cracked in several areas.
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You already own the Denali?
No trailer yet?
I would go get whatever trailer I wanted and tow with the Denali.
You will be close or exceeding capacities in every way, but the only way around that is to tow with a 1 ton truck...
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You already own the Denali?
No trailer yet?
I would go get whatever trailer I wanted and tow with the Denali.
You will be close or exceeding capacities in every way, but the only way around that is to tow with a 1 ton truck...
Not sure I understand your statement here. The original poster wants to tow a 25' Airstream with his 6.2L equipped 1/2 ton Yukon XL, and you say he will be "exceeding capacities in every way", but you are not while towing a 30 footer with a 5.7L equipped 1/2 ton Toyota?

Would you like to explain why you say that?
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