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Old 01-17-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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We did it backwards.

OK, we went to the RV show and bought a 30' trailer, 7250 lbs empty. Now we need to get the tow vehicle. We really need the seating capacity of a Suburban, will a 2500 tow this safely? I've been reading the threads here, and am now thoroughly confused. What do I need to look for while shopping for the TV? The dealer said they will install the sway bars and trailer brake module on the TV (already included in the price.)
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Welcome to IRV2!

What's the gross vehicle weight rating? With that kind of empty weight I'm guessing 10k, at least? You don't want a TV that max's out at your anticipated weight (I usually suggest you stay 20% below the vehicles max weight, at least). My guess is a Suburban won't make the grade here, but I've not checked their tow ratings since we bought our '86 Suburban. That's several RVs ago!

I'm thinking you're going to end up with a crew cab 3/4 ton PU, but maybe others have suggestions for you.

Happy hunting, and good luck.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:28 PM   #3
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Welcome to iRV2. As noted, the empty or dry weight is pretty much useless. You can easily be 1000# over that when loaded for a trip. To be on the safe side, I'd plan on being at 8500# minimum when ready for the road. Since you don't know the weight of the Burb 2500 when loaded, use 80% of the published tow rating for a loaded trailer weight. See what the Burb can tow with the 6.0L engine and the 3.73 and the 4.10 axles.

Check out this members site for a towing spread sheet and all of the terms.....HERE

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What type of trailer did you get? The weight of a toy hauler can add up quick. Call the dealer and find out what the GVW is.
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The trailer is a Nomad Joey, I'll have to look up the GVWR. I have seen Expiditions that have a 9100 lb capacity.
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:03 PM   #6
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A Ford 250 Diesel what be a great vehicle to tow your trailer with. Plenty of room inside,& space for everything else in the back. A diesel will get better fuel mileage, and longer life!
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:21 PM   #7
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We are going to have a hard time with a pickup. Three kids, 5-12, sitting next to each other on a long ride can suck the fun right out of me!
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Yes, getting us the GVWR or even the model number so we can look it up on Skyline's website will help us help you.

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It's a model 312. I have the brochure at home, with the GVWR, but of course no one there is answering the phone.
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That helps, AT. According to Skyline's website:
Length 36' 7"
GVWR 11,200 lbs
Dry 7,260 lbs
Hitch wt 800 lbs

Ok, number crunchers, what'll they need to safely tow this big beast?

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I think I would be looking for an F350 van with the big engine and towing axle. With the 3 kids and all of their cargo, I would not bother with a 3/4 ton van.

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I agree that a 1T van is the best route for this family. Both Ford and GM (GMC or Chevy) make 1T vans with diesel engines and enough tow capacity for that monster TT.
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Not sure I would want to be hauling that monster around with anything short of a MDT. Once loaded it will just about be double the weight of a lot of TV. Plus with that length it will be a bear to part a many CGs. Total length of TT and TV will be approaching 60 feet.
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Sorry, what's an MDT? I didn't realize this was such a huge trailer.
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