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Old 09-24-2018, 07:50 AM   #1
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Flat towing a Tahoe with 400 HP

I have 2005 Country Coach Allure with a Cummins 400 ISL. We want to have more room for the grand kids so we are getting a bigger tow car. We currently have a Subaru Forester that weighs 3300 lb and is a tight squeeze. We are looking at possibly a 2005 Tahoe which weighs around 5300 lb. I can't even tell my Subaru is behind me when I'm driving the coach.

Will 2000 lb make much difference?

Anyone out there towing a Tahoe with a 400 hp motorhome?
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:08 AM   #2
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Not a problem. I towed a 6300# Avalanche with a 330 hp Cat in our 40' 2003 Phaeton. A 400 Cummins would have felt like a racehorse.
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:14 AM   #3
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I flat tow my 1500 RAM 4x4 weighing close to 6000 lb with my 400 ISL without issue. Just make sure your aux breaking system is adequate for the weight.
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Hardly noticeable, you’ll only change the GCW from say 40k to 42. So maybe 5%.
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Yes...you'll feel it upon acceleration and some slow speed maneuvers. We've towed a Dodge Dakota, Nissan Frontier and Chevrolet Silverado 4 door behind our 05 Diplomat with a 400 Cummins. That motor and coach was a rocket and towed well. With the Silverado, you could feel the lag in acceleration and we found it pushed on the back of the coach in some low speed maneuvers. We also towed the Silverado behind our 2014 Dutch Star and had similar results as above.

Two thousand pounds will make a difference, but not so much that it will be a hindrance. I like to keep my stuff clean and often wash my toads while on a trip. Going from the Subaru to the Tahoe will be a lot more vehicle to wash if you're into keeping things clean.
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Yes...you'll feel it upon acceleration and some slow speed maneuvers. We've towed a Dodge Dakota, Nissan Frontier and Chevrolet Silverado 4 door behind our 05 Diplomat with a 400 Cummins. That motor and coach was a rocket and towed well. With the Silverado, you could feel the lag in acceleration and we found it pushed on the back of the coach in some low speed maneuvers. We also towed the Silverado behind our 2014 Dutch Star and had similar results as above.

Two thousand pounds will make a difference, but not so much that it will be a hindrance. I like to keep my stuff clean and often wash my toads while on a trip. Going from the Subaru to the Tahoe will be a lot more vehicle to wash if you're into keeping things clean.
Wow, imagine that, an HONEST answer! OP, of course you're going to feel it. It's over 5,000 lbs. But, you're 400HP will do just fine. You're not gonna burn the tires off off your RV but, you'll do just fine. Like Don, we tow a GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Extended Cab which tips the scale at 5,300 lbs but, about 99.99% of the time, that truck is loaded with a Rampage m/c lift which, is carrying our 900 lb. '08 GL 1800 Honda Goldwing. Together, we're dragging behind us, around 6,500-6,700 lbs.

And that's with our present coach, an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the CAT C-7 330HP. You'll be fine.
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What brake system are you guys using on the Silverado's. I was looking at the Air Force I or the Stay in Play. I have a 2017 crew cab now and have a 2019 on order. Thanks
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I tow a 2004 Suburban (5300 lbs +) with a Cummins ISB (300 hp 700 tq) in a Thor Palazzo 36.1. You’ll be fine.

Be sure to get a baseplate, tow bar, braking setup that is suited to the new toad’s weight. I use blue ox and air force 1.
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