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Old 05-27-2013, 08:09 AM   #15
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Wandering1, the best way to find out the capacities are to load the vehicle up with the way you would travel, fill the gas tank and wiegh it on a certified set of scales. Then look at the door sticker for the GAWR and GVWR, do the math, and this will tell you the max hitch weight the vehicle can handle. the owners manual tells the GCWR. Use this minus the weight of the vehicle to figure the max trailer weight.

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Old 05-27-2013, 08:23 AM   #16
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Thanks guys for all the good info. You really helped out.

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Old 05-27-2013, 08:54 AM   #17
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Google says the payload capacity according to the manufacturer is 1465 lbs. for a 2008 Yukon Denali (or is it 1562 lbs - can't tell). After going to a scale, you will find that it is less, and maybe as low as around 1,000. You just won't be able to tow a trailer weighing about 8,000 lbs loaded. If the listed hitch weight is 855 lbs, that is likely going to be higher after your trailer is loaded and weighed.

If the hitch weight really is 855 lbs and your true available payload capacity is more like around 1,000 lbs, it's really looking like you won't be able to put much more than your DW in the Denali.

Can't find the wheelbase of your Denali. A 36' trailer is starting to be a long trailer. If your wheelbase is much shorter than compared to a pickup with long box, you may find it is harder to handle in windy/gusty situations even if you have sway control.

I would say that until you take your TV to a scale, you won't know for certain what your actual limit is. That would be my next step, especially if you are looking to maximize on your trailer size/weight.
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[QUOTE=fvstringpicker;1581403]Why not ask the dealer what the unit weighs as equipped, QUOTE]

Because , the dealer/salesman or who ever you ask is going to go to the " Book " supplied by the manufacturer and give you the spec's/info printed there , and in case you haven't noticed the whole gist of the replies to the OP's question , is that that info CAN'T BE TRUSTED.
You need to get the weights for yourself; Cat scale ; and start your own book of weights.
With the sales competition, the manufacturers are streching the info beyond the limit of sanity; JMHO; as far as trailer tow capability.
30,000lbs TT capacity. I wonder how many law suits there will be before that # gets lowered.
I questioned the on road stability, of my 5er/P/U combo , when the trailer weighed 1 1/2 times as much as the truck , cant imagine being on the road with a trailer that was 3 times the weight of the tow vehicle.
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My 5er is twice the weght of my PU and there are no stbility problems, it is made to handle that amount of weight. Sure, you know it is back there and need to drive accordingly, but it is stable and not a chore to drive. The key to that is that the TV needs to be equiped to handle the weight of the trailer or 5er that is being towed.

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