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Old 04-04-2010, 11:37 AM   #1
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Towing with a Chevy Tahoe

I'm looking to buy a 70s era Airstream in the 23-27' range. Read alot of posts here about wheelbase and the 116" wheelbase of my Tahoe would indicate I should not pull over 25'. I have a 7700lb tow rating so weight of a 27 Overlander is not a problem. Anyone out there tow a 27' trailer with a Tahoe or equivalent 116" wheelbase TV. I towed a 26' box trailer with my Tahoe and with sway control still felt the draft of the high profile vehicles as they were beside me as well as crosswinds. I'm thinking the aerodynamics of the Airstream would lessen these impacts. Any thoughts?

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Old 04-04-2010, 11:49 AM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your Tahoe question, we have towed our 2005 25FB (7400#) with our 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe (5.3/3.73), and found it just OK. We use a Hensley Arrow hitch system, and did not experience any sway or instability problems. The downside to the Tahoe was its lack of guts. During the same period, we also towed the Airstream with our 2005 Suburban 2500 (6.0/3.73). The Tahoe was weak in the power department. The Tahoe was a doable tow vehicle, but we do so much traveling (50,000 miles in three years) that we want more than the Tahoe could provide.


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Old 04-04-2010, 02:17 PM   #3
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I tow with a 2005 Tahoe, it's the 5.3/3.73 Z71 4x4 with the tow package. I have a 26' Overlander and it does just fine, trailer gross weight is around 4,000 lbs unloaded and the rating is similar at 7500 lbs. I use a reese WD hitch and sway control and the combination works well, no sway that I've ever noticed. I love my Tahoe, and don't really want a bigger vehicle, so it works fine for me.

However, I'd agree with Brian that it's a little bit underpowered if you're going to be doing anything other than flat-land driving. We have some decent hills in Central Texas, and the vehicle doesn't overwhelm me with power even on those. In serious mountain driving conditions, I'd likely be wishing for more.

Still, if you like your Tahoe, then there's no reason to buy a new TV. It will handle a 23-27' trailer in the vintage you're talking about just fine.

Good luck!

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Old 04-04-2010, 02:56 PM   #4
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My 'grossly overwieght' (4800#) Tradewind handles fine behind my Tahoe with Resse Dual Cam.

You can offset the short wheel base by keeping the hitch ball-to-rear axle distance as short as possible. The hitch ball-rear axle/wheelbase ratio of my Tahoe is lower than the ball-to-axle/wheelbase ratio of some conventional Suburban setups.
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'77 24' Agronski/'05 Tahoe setup and I agree with the three previous posts.

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Old 06-08-2010, 10:45 AM   #6
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Not to hijack the thread, but I have a question that hopefully is relevant to this conversation. I have a '75 Tradewind, and a '05 Tahoe 5.3/3.42 Z71 4x4 with tow package. I also have a Reese WD (1,200# round bars) setup from my past SOB trailer. I know I need to replace the bars with ones with lower weight ratings. My question is this...With my combo of Tahoe (Z71) and a '75 Tradewind, should I be looking at 600# or 800# bars? My thoughts are the 800# bars since my suspension isn't has stiff as say a 3/4 ton truck, and the tongue weight of the trailer (according to the info I've found) would be in the neighborhood of just over 700#. What are the others here with similar setups using as far as spring bar weight ratings?


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