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Old 11-18-2011, 02:38 PM   #1
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Towing with a Tahoe

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Just bought a new 27' flying cloud 7300 GVWR. my 2011 Tahoe with tow and off road package is rated at 8200lbs. The short wheel base is not ideal i know, but after reading some of the posts here it sounds like it should work well enough. I am wondering however about the ideal hitch set up. any one with thoughts or suggestions? thanks
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:31 PM   #2
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... well enough.
I'm not so sure about that and I tow with a Tahoe.

It adds up quickly:

How many kids do you have famlyman? How much do they weigh? Are they getting any bigger? Do you have a significant other? How much do the two of you weigh?

How much does ALL of the stuff you're going to bring (inside your tow vehicle and inside your trailer) really weigh?
How much can your tow vehicle really handle safely?
How close to that number are you willing to go?

I use a Reese Dual Cam High Performance Sway Control and High Performance Weight Distributing System.

Congratulations on the new Cloud and welcome to the forums.
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:37 PM   #3
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Just bought a new 27' flying cloud 7300 GVWR. my 2011 Tahoe with tow and off road package is rated at 8200lbs. The short wheel base is not ideal i know, but after reading some of the posts here it sounds like it should work well enough. I am wondering however about the ideal hitch set up. any one with thoughts or suggestions? thanks
If your Tahoe has a towing capacity of 8200, and the trailer has a GVWR of 7300, I thing you will be OK. Not by some folks estimate, but you have more than a 10% safety margine even if you load the Airstream to max capacity.

In such a situation, I wouldn't settle for any hitch but the best, a ProPride. With loading approaching max, and a short wheelbase tow vehicle, it's a no brainer to me.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:10 PM   #4
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invest in a hensley hitch new about 3200 used about 1500 it will be the best money you spend!! You wont have to worry about the short wheelbase on tahoe..Congradulations on your new airstream..I love my airstream and can speak nothing but praise on safety and ease of the hensley
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:14 PM   #5
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Check inside the closet door, and see how much cargo carrying capacity the trailer has. Some of them have had the CCC of a heavy suitcase (46 pounds).
If nothing else, you will have a good idea of how much the trailer weighs empty.
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I was advised against the hensley hitch, because of the square in square and finding a perfectly level area to reattach on. Not sure if this makes sense, or if I was able to clearly illustrate the problem. thanks for the input.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:03 PM   #7
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I was advised against the hensley hitch, because of the square in square and finding a perfectly level area to reattach on. Not sure if this makes sense, or if I was able to clearly illustrate the problem. thanks for the input.
Yes, that is one of the improvements with the ProPride over the Hensley, it's easier to hookup.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:20 PM   #8
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We have a 2008 Tahoe. You will need to look at the GCWR of the Tahoe. The combined weight rating is what you'll need to make sure you are under. If its like mine it's 13,000lbs. I think you'll be at max or over with the 27ft.
Congratulations on your trailer!
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:45 PM   #9
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I had a 2007 yukon/tahoe as a TV with my 2010 FC25FB. It worked very well in most cases, especially when parking and backing. On the roadit also did well EXCEPT in wind and passing trucks. Than it would be the case of the "tail wagging the dog" For a hitch, I have a equal-izer with 1000# bars.
I now have a Dodge 1500, but the trailer is winterized and haven't towed with it yet. Time will tell; let you know in the spring.
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:34 AM   #10
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famlyman -

In answer to your hitch question - ProPride or Hensley are pretty much universally regarded as the "best". Both are expensive. Both are a little more complicated to hitch up but with a little practice, you can do it relatively easily. If you want the absolute best or if you are in a marginal situation with short wheelbase either will do the job and do it very well.

I use a Reese dual-cam setup. I have friends that use just about every other brand. The real key in my view is to make absolutely sure that the hitch is properly set up and adjusted to optimize the weight distribution and sway control. To do it right can easily take a full day and a number of trips across the scales.

In answer to your question about towing the 27 with the Tahoe - I think you will be fine as long as you really pay attention to what you are doing. I towed with a similar (but older model) setup for a couple of years. The key here is to know ALL the ratings for the Tahoe and the trailer. Then, you will need to spend some time at the scales collecting the data on actual weights of all of those items to make sure you aren't exceeding any of the capacities and ratings.

Right now, you have two of the 6-10 numbers you need to validate. Chevy doesn't really make it easy to find the other numbers online but they should be either in your owners manual or on a placard on the vehicle.

For the Tahoe, you will need to know the -

Max tow capacity - (I'm assuming 8200 since that was in your post)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
Gross combined weight rating (GCWR)
Axle ratings for both front and rear axles.
Payload capacity. If the payload capacity isn't stated, subtract the curb weight of the Tahoe from the GVWR.
If you have aftermarket wheels or tires, you need to know the rated capacities of those as well.

For the trailer, you need to know the -

Axle rating
Gross weight rating


With all of those numbers in hand, head to the scale and start collecting the data on your specific combo.

In our experience, we were well under almost all of the stated capacities except GVWR on the Tahoe. We were right on the edge with that number and had to really pay attention to what we put into the vehicle.

Without going to the scale and doing the math though, you simply won't know. As I have stated in a prior post, I am not opposed to going right up to a stated capacity. I am not a fan of going over though.

All that said, our real-world towing experience with the Tahoe was generally fine. The gas mileage was horrible. Towing in the mountains or even rolling hills was sometimes a little bit of a challenge but that is a function of the gasoline engine and it's horsepower. Towing on the mostly flat land around us here in TX was never a problem. In about 10,000 towing miles, I never felt the trailer was "too much" for the truck.

Good luck!
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I was advised against the hensley hitch, because of the square in square and finding a perfectly level area to reattach on. Not sure if this makes sense, or if I was able to clearly illustrate the problem. thanks for the input.
I also was told not to use a vehicle with a transmision that downshifts to slow you down or has an exhaust brake as it will cause the hensley to unlock, the trailer needs to brake first. It could put you in a dangerous situation if it unlocks at the wrong time I was told.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:27 AM   #13
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I have a 2003 Z71 and pull a 2012 EB FC with a Reese Load Balance Hitch. I have no issues at all, Love It.
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I also was told not to use a vehicle with a transmision that downshifts to slow you down or has an exhaust brake as it will cause the hensley to unlock, the trailer needs to brake first. It could put you in a dangerous situation if it unlocks at the wrong time I was told.
That was obviously told to you by someone who didn't know squat about either the Hensley or the ProPride. And what is this "unlock"? I've been using my ProPride for two years now, and an estimate of 60,000 miles, have a Diesel truck with the Alison transmission, it downshifts all the time to control the speed, and I don't have a clue of what you are talking about, "unlock".

And, as far as difficulty of hooking up, once you learn how the hitch works, and become familiar with it, it's much easier and faster to hook up than the Reese dual cam I used to have. You don't have to ever remove the bars, and you don't have to mess with the chains while installing the bars. But, the best thing is the hitch just works, with no sway, ever, not even a hint of sway.
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