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APT

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Posted: 09/08/21 06:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

7k dry TT means:

8000-8500 pounds loaded
1000-1200 pounds of tongue weight

I expect your Yukon would be exceeding the GVWR, GCWR, receiver rating, and rear axle rating when loaded up with people inside and TT connected. You have a lot of power and a good transmission. Suspension is your weakest link based on ratings when it was new. Towing with anything 10+ years old will depend far more on condition and how it was maintained.

I recommend sticking to around 6k dry TT for most half tons because of all the other ratings besides manufacturer tow rating.


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Posted: 09/08/21 07:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd be looking for something in the 7000lb GVWR range.

Also, worth taking the truck down to the CAT scale and find out what payload you've already used. Some of the big SUVs have so much stuff bolted on, they can eat up a lot of payload before you even load people and gear let alone hitch weight. Try to take it in with people and gear loaded as if you were going to hitch up the trailer.

Then with actual axle weights, you can check against the trucks ratings to see what you have available.


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Posted: 09/14/21 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My trailer is less than 6k dry but is close to 8k loaded. One reason I have decided to stay with my 2003 Suburban is that the 2007+ versions can only handle 1000 max tongue weight. My trailer tongue is in the 1200-1300 lb range anytime I have weighed it.

Mine is a 2500 model and it tows nicely. Very stable. I would be willing to give it a try with a 1500 model, but I would likely go over GVWR and rear axle ratings. It makes sense to target a lighter trailer. Maybe a loaded weight of 6500 which should keep your tongue weight under 1,000 lbs.


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Posted: 09/14/21 09:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a 2011 Yukon Denali XL, and used it to tow a 7000 pound boat. Engine and transmission temps always ran high (would go over 240* in the mountains), and I never felt comfortable with the stability of the rig (read as the boat would push the SUV around). It was ok to tow at 65 MPH, but at 70, it would wander some. I never felt safe above 70 (which can make it tough to pass on a 2-lane road).

If you don't have mountains, and are using a WDH, you will likely be ok, but not ideal.


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Posted: 09/14/21 06:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is always better to use the trailer GVWR and 10-12 percent of that for hitch weight. I do not think it is the right TV or trailer.


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