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Old 10-16-2021, 10:27 AM   #1
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What weight trailer should I look for with 2016 Suburban

2016 Suburban LTZ 4x4 5.3 L Ecotec with Max Trailering Package 3.42 gearing

GM trailer guide says 8000 lbs even.

Absolute novice who has not towed anything in his life looking at travel trailer. Family of 5 with 18, 14, 10 year old kids.

What dry weight range would you recommend for a comfortable experience?
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7000# GVWR MAX

Forget DRY weight as you will never tow it dry.
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:51 AM   #3
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Sorry for simplistic newbie question. That would be dry weight plus cargo weight should not exceed 7000 lbs?
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Sorry for simplistic newbie question. That would be dry weight plus cargo weight should not exceed 7000 lbs?
Every trailer will have a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) listed on the Data Plate (VIN, Tire size, GVWR)

With that SUburban a 7000# GVWR trailer would be the heaviest trailer you would want to tow

Dry weight plus Cargo Rating would equal GVWR

**Published Hitch weights will be DRY based on DRY weight of trailer
So figure 12% of trailer GVWR for WET tongue/hitch weight
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Old 10-16-2021, 11:57 AM   #6
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You are in for a real experience towing a travel trailer. Of all types of trailers, boats, flatbed, cargo - travel trailers have the largest frontal area, big flat sides and flat back they are the most difficult to tow. Travel trailers are affected by wind and even passing Semi's and other traffic. Another way to say it is a 6,000lb boat on a trailer is way easier to tow than a 6,000lb travel trailer. I have towed lots of boats way easier than my same weight travel trailer.

Double check my research but your suburban has a 130" wheelbase. Just for example most 150/1500 series trucks will have around a 145" wheelbase. 250/2500 series trucks will have at least a 160" wheelbase. So wheelbase is IMHO important. I had a over all length travel trailer of 26.5' and I tried to tow it with a 122" wheelbase vehicle. The vehicle was stable up to 55 mph but was unstable above that. At 65 mph it was very unstable. That same travel trailer with the exact same set up (same WD hitch set the same) towed with a 147" wheelbase vehicle was rock solid and very comfortable towing.

If you are going to camp at local State parks which will have a lake and good hiking trails you can tow more trailer on back roads traveling at 45 - 50 mph than you can on the highway at 70mph.

So IMHO on the highway 6,000lbs max with total length around 28'.

On back roads towing 45 - 50mph you can tow 7,000 or maybe 7,500lbs and maybe as long as s 32' trailer.
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Thank you for the additional response. I appreciate the insight!
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The key will be getting a really good WDH with built-in sway control. It’s Way more important than wheelbase. My TV wheelbase is only 128”. But my hitch tows our 24ft trailer at 65mph like it’s on rails. At 5,000lb GVWR, our trailer is easy for our mid-size pickup as long as we don’t overload the truck bed.

With your Suburban you will want to be very conscious of how much weight you put in it, because every pound of weight in your tow vehicle reduces its payload by a pound. A reduced payload will impact the tongue weight of the trailer you can tow safely. Your payload with nothing but a full gas tank is 1,700 lbs. confirm this on the label inside the driver side door jamb. A Family of 5 body weight of 700lbs and your payload is now down to 1,000 lbs before you add any gear. Therefore, you will likely be restricted to a tongue weight of no more than 600-700lbs. That means your trailer GVWR needs to be below 6,000lbs. And that means you’ll probably be limited to trailers 26ft or shorter.

You may want to consider a 7ft wide trailer. The reduced frontal area has a dramatic effect on tow ability. Winnebago makes a 26ft Micro Mini 7ft wide 2306bhs bunkhouse model with 6,000lb GVWR. If you look around you may find other bunkhouse models that fit your floor plan needs but don’t exceed your towing ability.

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One other thing Nazran,
If you plan on getting a generator, you’ll want to consider a propane fired inverter generator. You can carry propane safely in the pass thru of the trailer, and of course there’s propane available right on the trailer tongue. Not many people want to risk carry gasoline inside their SUV, or trailer.
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Based on responses it would seem the Rockwood Mini Lite 2509S (which the wife and I like) might be very close to exceeding comfortable/safe towing?


https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/trave...ite/2509S/3326


UVW 5300
HITCH 709
AXLE 4532
CCC 1569
Length 25' 11"
Width 8'
Height 10' 11"
Fresh 54
Gray/Black 30 each
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We also liked the Wildwood FSX 260RT TT Toy Hauler which while longer is lighter. (We wouldnt be hauling toys) We do like the porch option

https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/trave...fsx/260RT/4173

Hitch Weight: 610 lb.
UVW: 4,728 lb.
CCC: 2,882 lb.
Exterior Length: 28' 8"
Exterior Height: 10' 6"
Exterior Width: 96"
Fresh Water: 43.00 gal.
Gray Water: 30.00 gal.
Black Water: 30.00 gal.
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Here is a good tow vehicle wheelbase to total trailer length guide that might help

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Based on responses it would seem the Rockwood Mini Lite 2509S (which the wife and I like) might be very close to exceeding comfortable/safe towing?


https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/trave...ite/2509S/3326


UVW 5300
HITCH 709
AXLE 4532
CCC 1569
Length 25' 11"
Width 8'
Height 10' 11"
Fresh 54
Gray/Black 30 each
I would ignore the UVW and try to find the GVWR. THAT is what the trailer will likely weigh ready to camp. Seeing as Rockwood is being a but sneaky on this, take the UVW and add CCC, that'll give you the GVWR. You'll see at 7000lbs or so it's a load for a Suburban.
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What is your vehicle's tongue weight rating? That is the key specification that you are missing. If loaded to GVWR, that Rockwood likely would have a tongue weight over 900 lbs. The Wildwood's tongue weight at GVWR would be approaching 1,000 lbs. I'm guessing the Suburban can't handle either of those. Even if it can, you won't be left with much capacity for carrying people and gear in the Suburban.
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