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Old 05-22-2016, 02:04 PM   #15
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Tahoe disappointment!

Tried towing with Tahoe and was ok on flat territory but hopelessly outclassed on grades. The transmission temperature reaches uncomfortable high levels I fitted a transmission cooler to keep the system within normal range but still inadequate. Typically changed down to 3rd gear on significant inclines. Lower rear axle ratios make it worst! Traded to a RAM diesel to take on the Rockies! Night and day comparison!
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Old 05-22-2016, 07:28 PM   #16
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:32 PM   #17
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Just my own experience here with my 20ft FC and 2012 Tahoe..based on a couple of cross-country trips each year....I would not want to tow anything heavier (>5,000 lbs) or longer with my Tahoe. I (think I am) a reasonable driver (no accidents in 50 years of driving), but I have been through one bad swaying incident (never could figure out why) that swung the Tahoe as well....pretty terrifying. Re performance, I think 5k pounds is all that the 5.3L engine is good for in the mountains. Safe travels. jon
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:53 AM   #18
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I have been towing my 24ft 1968 Trade wind with my 2011 Tahoe and have had no problems. She slides down the road so easily I have to keep checking my mirrors to make sure I didn't loose her back at yonson's place. The shorter wheel base means tighter turning radius. If I forget to turn on the tow package and I can feel the load. The only time I really notice the Airstream behind me is when I am taking off or slowing down.
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Old 05-23-2016, 06:52 AM   #19
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Tahoe Tow Vehicle

I tow my 1975 31' Airstream and also my 1955 22' Airstream with my Tahoe with no problem. In fact, I bought a newer Tahoe as my older one gained high mileage. I don't even feel the 22' AS behind me. Enjoy.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:10 AM   #20
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I know towing is hard on a vehicle and puts an extra load on all systems, but how long/how many miles does it take to be noticeably more expensive to maintain?
At 53,000 miles I can't tell that towing at the limit has damaged my truck or worn anything out prematurely.
Maybe I will see the difference at 100,000 miles?
I guess what I'm saying is: Don't worry about it.
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:10 AM   #21
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We ran pickup trucks with 20k GCVWR at over 30k in the South Texas oilfield. They still lasted over 300k.
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Old 05-30-2016, 10:31 AM   #22
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Making The Leap

Thanks to all for your helpful replies. After much analysis, I have decided to go ahead and get the 25 footer. I came in at the tongue weight max, but will upgrade my current E-qualizer hitch which I have been very happy with. That company was wonderful in responding to my inquiries about my situation. The GCWR came in with about 600 lbs to spare considering what I put in the Tahoe, but I am used to keeping the trailer weight light due to the GCWR on the Bambi and only tow with a little fresh water so I will never max out the 7,300 lbs on the trailer which should give me another 1000 lbs. of leeway. I also consulted the most important man in my life, my mechanic, who has tons of experience with towing and was pretty comfortable with it. He said the same thing as many here did, get a good weight distribution hitch and don't speed. We will see! I am a bit exhausted from negotiating on the trailer but am looking forward to wintering in it. Now onto the solar system, I wish I could just put my current one one it. Happy trails everyone!
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Old 05-30-2016, 11:24 AM   #23
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I am on my third AS and fourth TV. I have towed a 25 FB with a suburban and although it was very stable. I felt it was incredibly underpowered. When I traded for my 27' FB, I also traded for the 2014 Yukon Denali (short version). Plenty of power with the 6.2 but the all of the stability with the Suburban was gone. After our horrific accident in August of 14, insurance replaced both travel trailer and Denali. I never felt 'safe' towing with the Denali after that. Soon after, I purchased a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup with full tow package. The difference has literally been night and day. I have a blue ox hitch and can honestly say that it is an absolute pleasure to drive and tow. No more issues when passed by an 18 wheeler, either. Also plenty of power. I am sure there are plenty of people out there that are happy with their Tahoe's and Yukon's. However, I would venture to guess that many have never towed with a pickup. Maybe the difference isn't the same with a shorter trailer but personally, I would never chance a shorter wheelbase TV again.


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Old 06-01-2016, 07:27 PM   #24
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It's not the wheelbase or the TV weight. It's all in the lash-up.
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Towing Performance of a Tahoe with a 25 ft. Trailer?

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It's not the wheelbase or the TV weight. It's all in the lash-up.

I kindly disagree with this statement.A longer wheelbase vehicle is a more stable platform for towing,especially with longer trailers.Weight also plays its part.
A properly set up WD hitch helps but is not a cure all for towing situations.


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Old 06-01-2016, 10:21 PM   #26
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Wheelbase. This past year we have towed our Airstream cross country with 120" wheelbase and 140" wheelbase Ram 1500 trucks hitched with our ProPride hitch. No difference in stability, two finger on the steering wheel control and comfort is all that's needed with either wheelbase truck.
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Wheelbase. This past year we have towed our Airstream cross country with 120" wheelbase and 140" wheelbase Ram 1500 trucks hitched with our ProPride hitch. No difference in stability, two finger on the steering wheel control and comfort is all that's needed with either wheelbase truck.

You could pull with a riding lawnmower and have two finger steering wheel control.Lol


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Old 06-02-2016, 02:28 PM   #28
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Maybe I could have 2 finger steering wheel control, but feel more in control with both hands on the wheel at 10 and 2, doing push-pull on the wheel to maintain control and reduce speed in maneuvers.
I know this isn't a 1958 Peterbilt, but the push-pull principle still works.


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