Towing a travel trailer

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by junior2005, May 14, 2005.

  1. junior2005

    junior2005 New Member

    I have to say that I don't think that there is a better vehcile on the market for towing a large travel trailer.

    I have a 31' Dutchmen trailer, and the 'burban is more than enough vehicle to get the job done. For family outings we are spending about 30% of what we would spend if we flew to our destination, rented a car, stayed in a hotel, ate out, etc.

    Can anyone tell me of a vehicle that's better that this than a suburban? I'd love to know if there is one. :)
  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous New Member

    I am trying to find out if a 94 1500 would be able to pull a 30 ft trailer - fully loaded at 9500 to 10000 lbs. what does your trailer weigh and what are you pulling with?
  3. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Typically speaking, the old rule of thumb was that you wanted a trailer to be about as heavy as the truck that you were pulling it with was. Now, this doesn't get into the modern brake controllers that are designed to help you pull a trailer (and get you to stop with it).

    Some questions to ask first. What size engine? What type of tranny? Any extras like a tranny cooler? A shift kit to help the tranny shift under that big load? etc.

    Maybe there are some other people visiting this forum that can speak with some experience on this topic.
  4. Aeropagus

    Aeropagus Member

    It looks like you might be trying to tow too much with the 1500 Suburban.

    I found some information on the newer suburban's towing limits for the past couple of years.

    1/2 ton with vortec 5300: 8400 lbs (2wd), 8100 lbs (4wd)
    3/4 ton with vortec 6000: 9900 lbs (2wd), 9600 lbs (4wd)
    3/4 ton with vortec 8100: 12000 lbs (2wd & (4wd)
  5. Anonymous

    Anonymous New Member

    Yeah, I looked up the numbers myself. That's about right. You've got a pretty heavy trailer when you're towing something that big. Might want to opt for a dually pickup that can handle the tongue weight and the load behind it.
  6. chevyman

    chevyman New Member

    Never heard of the dutchmen trailer. Where is that one made at?
  7. CWF

    CWF New Member

    I'm towing a 30' 1978 Holiday Rambler Mountain Traveler travel trailer behind my 'Burban and while I slow to a crawl up the steep hills, I can pull and push that trailer in and out of Park spaces with no worries. Lots of power. Back and forth between the Yukon Territory and San Diego... around 8mpg... but I'm traveling in comfort.
  8. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Very nice, CWF. How long does that trip take you between the Yukon and San Diego?
  9. CWF

    CWF New Member

    I have friends and family in between, so the travel time varies. Let's just say I don't hurry. I'm thinking when I head north come May, I'll drive up the 15 and see some of Wyoming and Montana. I've got family in Calgary that I haven't spent much time with in the past 20 years or so.

    Gas up north was a horrid price: $1.29/liter in Whitehorse when I left. Over $5.00/gallon. That really put a damper on the tourist trade.
  10. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    I've spent a lot of time up in that part of the country. My grandparents opened up an RV resort in northern Idaho in the 1970's. It was on the other side of Hope, ID, so my grandfather called it the Beyond Hope Resort. ;-) It's a good place to stay if you're up in that part of the country, but get reservations because they fill up fast.
  11. moogvo

    moogvo Moderator

    WHen towing, it is always important that you not exceed the manufacturer's tow ratings... Make sure that you not only figure the weight of the trailer in, but the weight of the luggage, supplies, and passengers. ANYTHING over 1000# should have electric brakes (That is the law in some states). The last thing I want is 9,000# of travel trailer shoving me down the highway at 70MPH when the guy in front of me is jamming on his brakes. Think "Panic Stop". Do some road testing... Take your trailer down the highway at highway speed at night when there isn't any traffic... The see how long it takes you to stop the rolling mass. If someone in front of you slammed on their brakes, would you be able to stop too, or would you be sandwiched in between your home-away-from-home and some brake slamming idiot...

    Load levelers are a big help too... If you aren't towing a 5th wheel, then chances are you are using a class 3 hitch worth about 500# of tongue weight.

    A fine one I am to point all of this out... afterall, I used to tow a pop-up trailer with a Pontiac Aztek. Towed it with no problems! I was about 1000# over the max towing limit for it tho.

    I haven't towed with the 'ol Burban yet. I am a little bit apprehensive... It seems to have enough of a time pulling itself down the road. I can only imagine what a trailer will do to it.
  12. MN_Burbon

    MN_Burbon New Member

    The suburban will pull a lot more than the manual says with no problems but Tom is right, you have to consider safety, I didn't have a Brake controller installed till last summer and it makes a world of difference. Now that I have a brake controller I don't even think twice about pulling my 28 foot flatbed with the New Holland and bucket on it ;-) even though its likely considerably over the limit.
  13. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    What's a New Holland and bucket?
  14. GaryL

    GaryL New Member

    A pretty big tractor with a hydralic bucket on the front.

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