Originally Posted by Pat Cassity
Thought I would post another update. I received more good news yesterday. LM finally made the decision to 'total' my Yukon. Since it was only 4 months old, it also qualifies for their full vehicle replacement. We have decided that if we replace the Airstream, we will go with either a 2014 or 2015 25' Flying Cloud. So, now I need to make a decision on a new TV. First, it needs to be a SUV, as I use the vehicle for business purposes. I originally went with the Yukon Denali because I wasn't happy with how my previous Suburban pulled the 27'. Although, I was really happy with the Denali, I don't know that I will need that much power (or expense) to tow the 25 footer. Would like to hear from some of you that might be towing a 25 with an SUV.
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Given the damage, I'm glad the insurance company has totaled the Yukon. Good luck with choosing a new vehicle.
We bought a used 2010 Yukon Denali to tow our 2013 25 foot Flying Cloud. We have had the trailer 18 months, and have put 10,000 miles on it.
The trailer is 6780 pounds loaded, with three awnings and aftermarket solar & inverter in it. The tongue weight is around or over 1000 pounds (we have not weighed the tongue since the solar & inverter we installed, just the total weight).
The Yukon has done the job, but has not been great, and we are thinking of replacing it.
1) It fits in our garage. A Suburban would be too long.
2) Comfortable, adjustable, front memory seats. My wife has back/neck troubles that make most cars intolerable for her. These seats she can use with just a minor accommodation.
3) Good power. Not enough to do the speed limit up every mountain in Colorado (where I live), but enough power to satisfy me.
4) Sufficient cooling capacity for 100 degree temps, when towing on the flat.
5) Smooth ride solo at highway speeds.
Not so good:
1) Cooling seem marginal for the big climbs of Colorado. The engine temp rises from its normal 210 to 235. The manual doesn't say what the temp is where bad things start happening. For tranny fluid, the manual says normal is 160 to 200. We often see 210 or so on mild grades. The first time we did Vail pass eastbound, it hit 248. The second time, 244. I am told the car will flash a warning somewhere around 266 degrees, but I worry that the temps I am experiencing are doing damage.
2) Harsh ride at slow speeds---parking lots with speed bumps, forest roads. We really get bounced around.
3) Seems to need a lot of weight distribution to feel stable on the highway. We use EAZ Lift hitch with 1400 pound bars, set up by Can-Am in London, Ontario. We can feel the difference between adjusting the weight distribution to get the front fender height back to it's original position (or to 100% the same weight as measured on a truck scale), and adjusting tighter to get a couple hundred more pounds on the front axle. GM recommends getting the front fenders to the original height, but we find the rig feels squirrelly that way.
4) Really bad porpoising on segmented concrete highways. With the 1400 pound bars we need (to get the amount of weight distribution we want), we really get bad jerking on certain highways, when towing.
5) The weights are getting close to GM's stated limits. We are within 200 pounds of the Yukon GVWR. Our tongue weight is at or over the receiver rating of 1000 pounds.
Now, I'm talking about a 2010, and you're probably considering a 2015. Some of my complaints may have been fixed since 2010.
One other thing: My factory receiver flexes a fair amount with a heavy trailer and weight distribution. They guys at Can-Am welded two pieces of angle iron to the back of the receiver to reduce the flex, but it does still flex some when we hook up the bars. I don't know if this has been improved in newer models.
If we do trade the Yukon for something bigger/heftier, I'm going to miss the maneuverability of the Yukon.