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Old 10-13-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Towing a 2014 30' Classic

I have the opportunity to replaced my totaled 2014 27FB International Signature with a 2014 30'Classic. Can I safely tow this with my 2014 Yukon Denali?


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Old 10-13-2014, 04:13 PM   #2
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I would say it would be marginal, but it seems that if you were towing your 27FB with it, the 30' wouldn't be THAT much more. What are the weight and tongue weight differences?
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:13 PM   #3
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Hitch wt on the 27, Intrnl is 770 lbs.

Hitch wt on the 30' Classic is 773 lbs.

That sounds OK.

GVWR on the 27' Intrnl is 7600 lbs.

GVWR on the 30' Classic is 10,000 lbs.

That's over a ton more weight. You might want heavier WD hitch bars, and you probably would want to load it as light as you can. (The Classic will carry over 1000 lbs more than your International was rated to carry.)

I think it would be OK. However, there are folks here who are real experts. Their opinion would be much better than mine.
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:08 PM   #4
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If it's a 1500 Denali with a 5.3 liter engine and a 3.42 axle ratio, pulling a 10,000 Classic is going to be a struggle. I believe it may also exceed the combined GVWR of your Denali.
If it's 2500 Denali with a 6.2 liter, you should be okay.
Sounds like you have some homework to do.
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:35 PM   #5
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Pat,

I have towed my Classic with 6.2 liter Yukon XL Denali and it pulls fine. The issue is with rear axle capacity. With virtually anything in the Yukon you will be overloading the axle. That said, it performs well. I assume you are talking about an XL and not a "shortie" Yukon. I would not tow a 30'er with the short wheelbase Yukon.
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Old 10-13-2014, 08:46 PM   #6
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Actually it is the Yukon, not the XL. I kind of figured I was out of the 30' classic ball game with the TV. I bought it a few weeks ago after totaling my 4 month old Denali and less than a year old 27FB. I had fully intended to purchase another 27 or 25 when I was given the opportunity for an incredible deal on the classic. Sounds like I need to stick with my original plan.


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Old 10-19-2014, 06:16 PM   #7
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I tow my 31 classic with a 3/4 ton diesel dodge and wouldn't go any smaller!!!
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:58 PM   #8
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Hope I can pull mine with my truck
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:04 AM   #9
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It would be interesting to know how the first under powered unit got wrecked
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It would be interesting to know how the first under powered unit got wrecked
It's all in another thread "a really bad day", I think.
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Trailer Life puts our an annual supplement with all of the towing specification for all vehicles. All you have to do is look up your vehicle and it will basically tell you if your vehicle is rated for that trailer. Good luck with your new classic, we enjoy ours.
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It would be interesting to know why some people will try to be underpowered, after running big trucks for 48 years I learned there is no such thing as too much horsepower or too much money, it is all relevant, and it all makes life easier...
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It would be interesting to know why some people will try to be underpowered, after running big trucks for 48 years I learned there is no such thing as too much horsepower or too much money, it is all relevant, and it all makes life easier...
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Our trailer 27FB tongue weighed more like 12% - 13% of the trailer's GVW and the TV was heavier than they admitted.

As a result, while towing capacity is more than adequate, when we actually weighed the rig later, there was less available TV *load* capacity than expected based on what Airstream and the TV dealer claimed.

We're fine as long as we're careful not to carry much stuff, but before we buy another TV we plan to weigh the exact model we're considering with 2 passengers and a full tank of gas to see how much load capacity is really available. It will just be part of the final test drive.
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