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Old 08-06-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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Help for a rookie RV'r figure out max weight

Hi guys, new here.

I have a 2009 Yukon, 5.3, tow haul package.
This is what I've figured out on my car:
GVWR 7100 lbs
GCWR 14,000 lbs
Maximum trailer weight 8,400 lbs.
Rear axle 4100 lbs
Front 3200 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight 5262

We were thinking of getting about a 28-30' trailer around 6,000 dry weight trailer.
I've tried an online calculator but it wasn't working right.
What is a safe weight of a trailer I could pull? The Jayco dealer told me 8400 lbs, and I called the Yukon dealer service guy and he said I should be safe with up to 10,000 lbs but that sounded insane.
What do you suggest?

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Old 08-06-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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GCWR minus GVW equals maximum gross trailer weight. If you don't load up your Yukon too much (say 750 lbs) your max trailer weight would be 8,000 lbs. At least that's what I think that the Gross Vehicle Combined weigh rating is.

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Old 08-06-2013, 06:15 PM   #3
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First off what your manual states is what you can tow. Second forget dry weight on any trailer, find the GVWR for the TT and that should be no more than 7000 to 7200lbs. That will allow you to carry cargo. You will also need a WDH and sway bar and trailer brake. The reason to be that far under your towing ability is that you never want to tow to the max. JMHO
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:03 PM   #4
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The fact that you already got your actual weight of the TV is a great thing, and puts you one step up.
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14,000 minus 7100 = 6900# for a loaded trailer to be on the safe side.

The Yukon is a short wheel based vehicle, identical to the Tahoe. The 5.3L is not much engine for pulling and even worse with a 3.42 axle ratio. You really need a 3.73 axle ratio.

I would limit my self to a 6900# GVWR trailer and forget dry weight. Also with the short wheel base it is not an ideal tow vehicle. Try limiting yourself to a 26' trailer so you will not make a job out of towing. RVing is supposed to be fun.

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