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Old 06-01-2009, 04:37 PM   #1
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Should I Fear Towing a Suburban??

Thinking of towing a suburban behind a 06 Endeavor with a 400 hp Cummings. Should I fear and have concerns pulling this beast??? I am looking at the Air Force One brake and Blue Ox Aventa tow bar. I have never towed before ans sure would like some straight talk from those of you that have been there and done that.

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Old 06-01-2009, 05:09 PM   #2
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Ed, all will work. It's a lot of weight and mileage will suffer a little but it is possible. With that much weight, make sure tow bar is horizontal from MH to Toad.

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Old 06-01-2009, 06:28 PM   #3
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I tow a Yukon XL, which is the GMC version of the Suburban.

My Dutch Star has a 400 HP Cummins and I don't have any problems towing.

However, in the mountains I have been slowed to 40~45 MPH on steep grades.

On flat ground or gently rolling countryside, I don't even know it's behind me.
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:38 AM   #4
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The ISL has loads of torque and don't think you should have a problem. While a heavy vehicle the ISL should handle it. You have addressed, perhaps the biggest issue, a true progressive brake system that is in lockstep with the coach brakes. We have the M&G brake system and it behaves and performs as will the AF1.
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Old 06-02-2009, 01:02 PM   #5
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I plan to purchase the Air Force One system and I gather you think this should work well

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Old 06-03-2009, 10:01 AM   #6
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Hello Ed:

I have towed a ton Suburban 2500 all over until Oct 2007, with and Alpine with & ISC 350. I used an M&G brake system with no problems and a Roadmaster Blackhawk 10,000 tow bar.

In Oct 2007 a young man rear ended us while I was towing the Suburban. I was doing 55 and he was traveling in access of 80. The Suburban and the tow bar absorbed most of the energy and both the tow bar & Suburban were totaled. They did save the Motorhome from a lot of damage. The damage occurred when the suburban bumped/pushed into the back of the Motorhome and the damage was less than $7000. We now tow a Yukon.
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I towed a Suburban for years with few problems. I had a brake set up in the burb and it paid for itself in several panic stops (guy pulls out in front of me because he "knows" a motorhome can stop on a dime). We did have to replace a wheel bearing on the left front wheel. I cannot say that towing caused it to go out. The burb is 4 wheel drive and it may have happened anyway. The weight of the burb did not really hurt our mileage and we pulled it through the Rockies several times. Just down shift going up and down and you should do fine.
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Thank you very much for your comments, I do appreciate it very much!!! I will save my money to tow the suburban. Plan on Blue Ox and Air Force One brakes.


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