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JonnyRibz

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Posted: 07/09/20 06:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good Evening, So I own a 2020 Coleman Lantern 295QB the dry weight is just under 6,300 lbs and with my household items it comes in at around 7,050 lbs. I'm trying to find a vehicle for towing it, I'm trying to avoid buying a truck and stick to an SUV. The 2 SUVs I'm stuck on are the 2017-2020 Nissan Armada and a 2016-2020 Chevy Tahoe Police. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted: 07/09/20 07:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I owned a 2001, 2007 and 2015 Tahoe and don’t believe towing over 6000 pounds is advisable.


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Neither are going to provide a very good towing experience. General rule of thumb is 110" of wheelbase is good for 20' of travel trailer, each 4" beyond that gets you a foot of trailer. So the Armada at just under 122" would be well matched to a trailer 23' or under. The Excursion at nearly 138" would be closer at around 27' of optimal trailer length. 33' would really be best with a crew cab full bed pickup (mine has 153" wheelbase) or a heavy duty pickup.


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I towed a 35 foot 6 inch Jayco with a Ford Excursion. Towed like a dream as long as the wdh is set up properly. I would go with the Chevy Police cause just about everything in Heavy Duty

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Out of the box the Armada if you get the lower profile tires and IRS will handle the trailer better.

The Tahoe will handle like garbage with the squishy tires GM puts on them.

However,some stiffer LT tires and a perfectly installed WD hitch... Possibly some better tuned shocks and the Tahoe does pretty good.

Mine took some fiddling but it handles great now (like it's on rails)

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wife said the same thing...... now loves my f150 though id bed an expidition max could do it if you watch the payload and dont mind spending double what an f150 with the same setup would cost.


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I’ll tow dang near anything with dang near anything but don’t necessarily recommend the same for those with less experience.
Either rig you propose will handle a trailer that size from a power and drivetrain standpoint.
However, that is a long trailer for a short wheelbase vehicle. And generally suv rear suspensions are softer than pickups which will be somewhat of a hinderance imo in this case.
I’ve tugged our 32’ enclosed trailer up the mountain with an old Tahoe just because. It handles it ok, for me, But I understand that in an oh sh-t situation, the Tahoe would be a little out-gunned.
My preference would be a longer wheelbase pickup. Half ton is fine.


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What do you tow it with now? And what have you towed in the past?
To do it with a short suv, make sure you have a good wdh setup correctly, sway control a bonus and trailer brakes adjusted properly and know how to use em.
As mentioned, stout and or lower profile tires help handling as well.

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2500HD will make towing that trailer fun and most likely handle your next trailer with ease.

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Check the payload. Your tongue weight is going to be in the neighborhood of 900#, add that the weight of the hitch and you're close to or over 1000#. Some SUVs have low payloads. If one you look at is say, 1300# then you might be cutting things close.

I always avoided PUs. I loved my Suburbans. But now that I have a crew cab truck, I can't imagine going back to a big SUV.


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