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Old September 10th, 2009, 09:53 AM   #1
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Anyone know exactly what the Tow Rating on my Suburban is? I searched and cannot find it. It is a 1988 V20 3/4 ton 4x4 with a 350tbi.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 10:10 AM   #2
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9k is what I found. Although I seriously doubt it could pull that much.

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10k with the towing package
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Old September 10th, 2009, 10:17 AM   #4
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I am looking at buying a 6000lb travel trailer, I should be able to tow that without any problems shouldn't I? It does have the tow package as well as a huge ass transmission cooler.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 10:24 AM   #5
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Yes, you should be fine pulling that. I wouldn't go any bigger with a TBI 350 though.
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my guess is handling will be fine, braking may be suspect, and power will be low.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 05:59 PM   #7
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check out rv.net. more info then you can handle about towing.
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my guess is handling will be fine, braking may be suspect, and power will be low.
The travel trailer has electric brakes so do you think braking will still be a problem? Also my truck has the 13" drums on the back the biggest available for that year. I don't think power will be a big issue I have a cam, 454tbi and 3" exhaust and a few other little mods, I estimate it to be about 260hp to 280hp and 350tq, my estimation is based on the but dyno though and the factory rated 210hp and 300ft, however I don't think I am to far off the ball park. I towed my friends truck that weighed about 5500lbs like butter, is it different towing a trailer vs towing a vehicle with a strap?
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The travel trailer has electric brakes so do you think braking will still be a problem? Also my truck has the 13" drums on the back the biggest available for that year. I don't think power will be a big issue I have a cam, 454tbi and 3" exhaust and a few other little mods, I estimate it to be about 260hp to 280hp and 350tq, my estimation is based on the but dyno though and the factory rated 210hp and 300ft, however I don't think I am to far off the ball park. I towed my friends truck that weighed about 5500lbs like butter, is it different towing a trailer vs towing a vehicle with a strap?
It will be a little different. The travel trailer is like pulling a brick wall. At least pulling another vehicle has some aerodynamics. In any event, you should be fine with what you are looking to pull. I do however feel that 9-10k is too much for your vehicle. Personally, I wouldn't go over 7500.
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It will be a little different. The travel trailer is like pulling a brick wall. At least pulling another vehicle has some aerodynamics
Good statement. Tow my 30' TT is a lot different than towing my Jeep on a car hauler. You can't tell the Jeep is back there...but the TT that is a different story.
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9k is what I found. Although I seriously doubt it could pull that much.
what something can pull, vs. what is rated for are two entirely different things.

a couple of weeks ago, I managed to sneak/wind my way through the western oakland county lakes area with a late model ½ ton Z71 with the 5.3L pulling a double axle bulldozer trailer loaded up with 5+ pallets of concrete blocks. (4 full, 2 partials, and another partial that was hand loaded between the wheel wells)

engineer friend of mine (who owned the trailer) estimates I had 17k or 18k total behind the truck with the combined weight of the trailer and block.

it was only white-knuckle time when I was trying to climb a hill, stop, or turn, and 40 mph is about as fast as I was willing to try going.

didn't lose a block, and only briefly had someone tied up behind me as I did it during the afternoon on a weekend.


edit: I am in no way advocating what I did was intelligent, legal or anything else. I did however do quite a bit to minimize risks with the time/route and had a friend in a different car in front and behind me as 'spotters' in contact via phone - with hazards all flashing.

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what something can pull, vs. what is rated for are two entirely different things.

a couple of weeks ago, I managed to sneak/wind my way through the western oakland county lakes area with a late model ton Z71 with the 5.3L pulling a double axle bulldozer trailer loaded up with 5+ pallets of concrete blocks. (4 full, 2 partials, and another partial that was hand loaded between the wheel wells)

engineer friend of mine (who owned the trailer) estimates I had 17k or 18k total behind the truck with the combined weight of the trailer and block.

it was only white-knuckle time when I was trying to climb a hill, stop, or turn, and 40 mph is about as fast as I was willing to try going.

didn't lose a block, and only briefly had someone tied up behind me as I did it during the afternoon on a weekend.


edit: I am in no way advocating what I did was intelligent, legal or anything else. I did however do quite a bit to minimize risks with the time/route and had a friend in a different car in front and behind me as 'spotters' in contact via phone - with hazards all flashing.
that sounds as sketchy as the time my dad pulled our dozer on a trailer with his 71 chevy c-10 pickup. Im not that brave or dumb but i remember being in the passenger seat. didn't know any better at the time.
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