Originally Posted by Pauland Ro
What sort of size/length/weight of TT could we be looking at getting /being able to pull with the Burb?
hinted, we don't have enough info to help with more than generalizations. But here's my generalization: The K-1500 Suburban has the same chassis/drivetrain as a half-ton pickup, but that heavy station wagon body weighs a lot more than a pickup cab and bed. So your problem will be limited GVWR of the tow vehicle, which limits hitch weight, which in turn limits the weight of the trailer you can tow without being overloaded. There are several other weight ratings associated with your Burb, but the GVWR will probably be your limiter so you can ignore the other weight ratings.
Here's how you can determine how much trailer you can tow without exceeding the GVWR of the tow vehicle:
1. Load the Burb with people, tools, extra fluids, jack(s), pets, hitch (ball mount and ball) and anything else that will be in/on the tow vehicle when towing.
2. Go to a truckstop that has a CAT scale and fill the gas tank with gas. Then weigh the wet and loaded tow vehicle (including driver and everyone else).
3. The GVWR of the Burb, along with the VIN, month/year of assembly, tire size and PSI, paint and trim codes, and other info, will be on a sticker, probably inside the driver's doorframe. Subtract the weight of the wet and loaded tow vehicle from the GVWR, and the answer is the max hitch weight you can have without being overloaded. Divide that hitch weight by 12 percent to determine the approximate max GVWR of any TT you can tow without being overloaded.
Warning: With a half-ton Burb loaded with people and other stuff, the answer will be only a tiny, lightweight trailer.
CAT scale = Certified Automated Truck scale
Example 1: If the GVWR of your Burb is 7,200 pounds and the wet and loaded tow vehicle weighs 6,500 pounds, that leaves 700 pounds for max hitch weight. 700 divided by 0.12 = 5,833. So the GVWR of any TT you consider should not be more than about 5,833 pounds.
Example 2: If the GVWR of your Burb is 7,200 pounds and the wet and loaded tow vehicle weighs 6,900 pounds, that leaves 300 pounds for max hitch weight. 300 divided by 0.12 = 2,500. So the GVWR of any TT you consider should not be more than about 2,500 pounds.