Tahoe Used for Towing Travel Trailer

Discussion in 'Chevy Tahoe Forum (GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade)' started by Dave1441, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Dave1441

    Dave1441 New Member

    Hi, this is my first message in this forum.

    I am a very happy owner of a 2007 Tahoe. Since April 2007 I have been using it to pull a 31 foot Travel Trailer. Most of the 40,000 miles that I have on the truck has been done on the Interstate roads. I have seen lots of Travel Trailers being towed, but I have not seen another Tahoe pulling a Travel Trailer. So I’m wondering and would like hear back if there is anybody other than me using their Tahoe for towing a Travel Trailer.

    Long Island, NY
  2. moosetags

    moosetags New Member

    Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

    First off, Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

    I have a 25' Airstream Travel Trailer that weighs 7400# ready to travel. I formerly had a 2004 Tahoe that I used to pill the trailer' It did OK on the flats, but struggled on significant upgrades. I also have a Suburban 2500, and it does a better job.
  3. Dave1441

    Dave1441 New Member

    Hi Brian:

    Thanks for the welcome and for your quick reply.

    Our trailer has a GVWR of 7643 and the Tahoe has the trailering package & the 4.10 axle ratio.

    We have had 2 trips to Fl. mostly in the Claremont & the Tampa areas. We did make 1 camping trip to CA last year and another camping trip to VT this summer which had some hills. The Tahoe seemed to handle most of the hills with little or no problems.

    The gas mileage is between 9 & 10 miles per gallon when towing, and up to 17 when not.

    Long Island, NY
  4. roel1223

    roel1223 New Member

    Use Tahoe to pull 26ft trailer

    Hi Dave,

    I pull our travel trailer (6000+ pounds) with our '08 Tahoe. It works well on flat grades which is the bulk of our camping trips. On a couple of Allegheny mountain trips, I felt that it was somewhat under powered. That being said, we don't pull the trailer that much. Most of the time it serves as my wife's daily commuter. For that I love the truck.:great:
  5. retired2001

    retired2001 New Member

    Welcome to the site!
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 New Member

    Well, those 4.10 gears certainly help on the hills. It sounds like you have done quite a bit of towing with your Tahoe. The biggest disadvantage of it is the short wheelbase. But I think by now you would know if you had a problem. Keep your fluids fresh, especially the transmission. Synthetic all the way around to help with the heat buildup.
  7. gmillard2

    gmillard2 New Member


    The transmission in my 07 Tahoe LTZ quit @ 55,000 miles. The tranny is a glaring weak spot IMHO. I'd be really careful about putting any more than normal wear and tear on the stock transmission.
  8. truheel1

    truheel1 New Member

    pop up

    We use our 05 Tahoe to pull the pop-up its about 2200# and had no problems. Have pulled it in the NC mountains, also use the tow button on the gear shift lever will help in hilly areas. Flat land no problems at all
  9. 4wd52

    4wd52 New Member


    Fluid and filter changes are very important when trailer towing. Synthetic fluids are a good option as they canstand more excessive heat and tend not break down as fast. 15000 miles service for towing heavy, A transmission temp gauge is strongly advised as the temps shoulld be kept between 170 to 190 degrees. Having a tow package is a plus.
  10. smg427

    smg427 New Member

    I put 115,000 on our 2005 Tahoe towing a 22' 7000lb travel trailer. I kept the fluids fresh and did not have one single problem. We now have a 2007 with 65,000 and so far so good. We are in Florida where it is flat, but I think it would not do so well in the hills.
  11. TexasTahoe

    TexasTahoe New Member

    Towing with 07 Tahoe

    We are considering a 29ft. travel trailer. The actual unloaded trailer weight with installed options is 5330lbs. Hitch weight is 736. I do not know the axle weights but it is a 2-axle trailer.

    Our Tahoe is a 2007 LTZ - 4x4 with the HD tow package - coolers, auto airbag levelers, 3.73 rear axle, 5.4L v8. According to GM, our trailer tow rating is 6700lbs, because of the 4x4. GCWR is 13,000.

    We have towed a boat and a popup trailer some distance before with no issues at all. Our calculations show we can do it if we don't max out the load but I would love to know if anyone else has towed similar with their Tahoe with the same ratings.

    Of course, we will be using an Equalizer WD hitch and sway control along with brake control.
  12. paul.decha.m

    paul.decha.m New Member

    towing my traveling trailer

    I will be getting a 2005 Tahoe and will be pulling a 31 footer Keystone Hornet. I do you like those apples?

  13. CountryXJer

    CountryXJer New Member

    I tow a 1984 Holiday Rambler 20 footer with my 97 Yukon. GCW 11,500#. Average 9.1 mpg and have not had any problems to date. 2012-08-21 14.41.51.jpg

    BIGREDDADDY53 New Member

    When I sold them to customers that intned to trailer. I would always tell them to deduct weight that you are loading inside as well as passengers and give yourself some buffer weight. hope this helps... Eric
  15. K15 Blazer Guy

    K15 Blazer Guy New Member

    Figured i would put this on here.
    my friends father just got a 99 with the 454 big block!!! talk about awesome for towing, right!! XD

    but heres the thing... if you are planning on doing a lot of towing, you need to upgrade all of your oils to high quality synthetics, or, change them frequently if you can get a high capacity aluminum diff cover to help cooling, even better!
    i have seen carriers destroyed from abusive head and neglected oil...

    you also need to do this: but ESPECIALLY on a vehicle with an iron block and ESPECIALLY with a 454, because they engineered them to run very hot... to help pass emissions...
    you need to get a big@ss radiator, and a separate big@ss transmission cooler, even an extra fan for it would be wise... never know when you'll be stuck in stop and go traffic...

    adding a leaf to the springs would also be a good idea....

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