Originally Posted by hobbes1069
I've read lots of forums posts so I understand the basics but I want to see if my math is right.
A new TV is not in the cards right now but perhaps in the future so I currently have a 2002 Tahoe LT 4x4. I need to double check but I think I have the 4.10 rear axle so my tow capacity should be 8100#.
After reading many posts I realized I was likely to run out of payload before running out of towing capacity.
Since we're a family of 5 I'm looking at a bunkhouse and unfortunately those don't come light. I'm currently looking at a Mallard M29 which is about 5800# dry 6900# GVW. So far so good.
My Tahoe has a GVWR of 6900, google says my curb weight is 5050# so I should have 1850# of "payload".
I figure 650# for the family, 100# of gear (most stuff will be in the TT), 100# WD hitch, which leaves me approximately 1000# left for tongue weight. I don't think the Mallard will exceed that.
So I figure it should be towable, but pretty much maxed out.
What did I forget?
I can give you all the facts on weight ratings, etc., but I have a much bigger concern. Towing a travel trailer with a short wheelbase, high profile Tahoe, is an accident waiting to happen. We had a 2004 Tahoe, 4x4, tow haul mode and all the appropriate weight distribution hitch and sway bar, towing a 24' TT. We made one round trip to Zion National Park from Las Vegas, and I vowed that if we made it home alive, it would be sold. My hands were cramping from holding the wheel. The Tahoe was absolutely being manhandled by the trailer, the wind, and the tractor trailer suction. I ordered a 2015 2500HD Duramax crew cab and sold the Tahoe. I understand that is out of your budget, but ANY heavier longer wheelbase is better than a Tahoe. Good luck with whatever you decide.