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Old 01-15-2015, 09:11 PM   #1
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Which tow vehicle?

We just purchased our first TT (a Gulf Breeze Ultra Lite 30DCT) after owning a popup for several years. The dry weight is 6410 lbs and we have a Yukon XL which supposedly tows up to 8000 lbs. My question is, with 4 children (ages 7-12), 2 adults and all our gear, is the Yukon going to be able to tow it all? What do others use for the TV with that weight of a trailer? We are open to buying a different vehicle if necessary.

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Also ask, Does your Yukon XL have the footprint, transmission and braking system to stop your loaded TT going down a mountain with a 7% grade?
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Towed a 7k 35ft TT with our 03 suburban with the 5.3 v8 and 3.73 gears. With the brake controller it stopped just fine. However sway was and issue even with a wdh and sway control. It could pull ok as long as it was revved up I'm 3rd gear at 65mph. Any slower it would have to be in 2nd and this is in TX. After one trip we bought a 02 2500 Yukon xl 8.1 big block. Wayyyy better tow vehicle.
I will say this though. If you have an 09+ Yukon xl with 3.73 rear end you will probably be OK with the extra hp/tq the newer motors have as well as the 6spd tranny
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:24 AM   #4
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There is no way to tell unless you weigh the rig while completely loaded up, but, IMHO, you are going to marginal - at best, and probably over the total weight capacity of the Yukon.

Look at a one ton full size passenger van with either a big gas or diesel engine. Lots of room for everybody and all their stuff plus a longer wheelbase to help with sway .....
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I have Same size family and similar size camper. For two years I towed with a 1500 Ram. Traded last year for RAM 2500 with diesel. Huge difference!! Qualitatively, I can drive a 13 hour day and I'm not as physically exhausted. With smaller truck there was a great deal of fighting the trailer and managing the traffic around me. Plus, I had to stop 160 miles for gas, now i go about 300 miles. Just have to live with littlest guy in front with Mom and Dad.
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Thanks everyone! We are taking everyone's advice and getting a new TV.
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I think you will need more vehicle. If it was just you two, maybe ?? But add 4 kids and "stuff" more food, beverages, clothes, toys, bikes...You would be lucky to be under 8k. That is a big trailer...

Just want to throw this out there. What about a used Ford E-350 with two rows of rear seats. For the money for a used one or two years old I'm seeing 21 - 23k. You would need the V-10. Not sure what years the V-10 is or was available. My Trailer Life magazine guide ( 2011) says the V-10 will tow between 8300 and 10,000.
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Thanks everyone! We are taking everyone's advice and getting a new TV.
Good idea. The Yukon XL might be adequate only if it were the rare 2500 model. Normal 1500 will be severely overloaded over the GVWR of the tow vehicle.

Nobody makes an SUV that will tow that trailer without being overloaded. And a CrewCab pickup will be crowded with your bunch. The full-size van is a good idea, but not just any ole full-size van. Ford no longer makes one with enough oomph to tow that much trailer. An older E-350 with the V-10 engine would do, but Ford no longer makes that one. So your best choice is a GM 3500, preferably with a diesel engine. Build&price it on Chevrolet or GMC dot com and you can spec a nice passenger van with the guts to tow that trailer. Be sure to include all the heavy duty towing options. 4 engine choices. Diesel is by far the best choice, but it comes at a stiff price. If you choose gasoline, be sure it is the 6.0L and not one of the smaller V-8s.

The new Ford Transit van can be put together to be a nice family van, but it's not robust enough to tow that trailer and haul your bunch in the van at the same time. So I'd reluctantly go for a new GM van. Here's the GMC version with diesel engine and nice trim so it doesn't look like a work truck:

2015 Savana passenger 3500 Regular Wheelbase 2LT - Diesel.

MSRP for regular wheelbase 12-pax = $50,115 with hitch and trailer wiring plug. Lots of other options available. Subtract about 10% to get actual cash buying price. Remove the 4-pax back seat to make room for more stuff and rattling around room for the kids. That leaves driver and passenger in the front seats, two kids sharing the 3-pax middle seat, and the other two kids sharing the third-row seat.

I did that back when my kids were home. Full size van dragging a camping trailer all over the lower 48. Lots of fond traveling and camping memories.
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I think used is the way to go on a Ford E-350 V-10. $20k + or - a few $$$. Just have to make sure it is set up for the 10,000 lb. payload. Not sure what the last year they made the V-10 Ford. Yes, full sized van with 4 kids and extra room in the back for more stuff.
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Depending on the year, the yukon xl / suburban can only tow 8000lbs if equipped with the "k5l" towing package, which apparently, nobody has
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I had a 30ft. TT with a dry weight of 7500lbs. and tried to tow it with a Toyota Tundra with the big v8, it would pull it but it sure didn't like it, my fuel mileage went to about 4 mpg. went and purchased a Chevrolet 2500 hd and it was like it wasn't even back there. IMHO you should look at going to a 3/4 ton pu.
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Getting back to the OP'er, my brother also with 4 kids used a Ram Quad cab and then a Ram Mega cap to tow his 5er. The extra kid would have to sit in the middle up front. OK on short trips, but longer ones there was issues...

I have seen others towing large tt's (32'+) with older Tundra's which I could see being over doing it. With a 7500lb dry weight and then add an easy 1500 - 2000 pounds of stuff and people you very well be at it's limit. My set-up is only about 5100 lbs. loaded, so don't bother it.

Still able to get 11 / 11.25 mpg (+ or -) towing. In the future I'll be looking at some 30' tt's weighing in at 6000 to 6500 lbs. dry. My 2014

My 2014 Tundra is rated at 9900 lbs (double cab 5.7L) so a tt in the 6500 dry weight area would be no more than 8000 loaded. That will be my self imposed weight limit for any future purchase.
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