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Old July 28th, 2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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I am thinking about getting a travel trailer however I sold my Suburban and would need to tow it with our Bravada, it only has a 5000lb tow rating, would it pull 5000lbs safely and should I get some helper springs? I would like to get a decent size trailer maybe a 25ft to 30ft anyone know what the average weight of a travel trailer this size would be? I don't think power would be a big issue the motor has real close to 300hp if not more and the transmission has been upgraded as well, we would only be pulling it 50 miles tops.
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Old July 28th, 2011, 12:08 PM   #2
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I would get airbags if they are available. There are a ton of super light RV options out there these days.
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Old July 28th, 2011, 09:31 PM   #3
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I think Bravada's already have an air ride suspension, so i'm not real sure what you can do there.
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I think Bravada's already have an air ride suspension, so i'm not real sure what you can do there.
I think the air ride was an option maybe on the touring suspension package? We don't have air ride just leaf springs and normal shocks, there was about 5 different suspension packages available from touring to heavy duty and ours is somewhere in the middle. Don't really want to invest in air bags that's why I was thinking overload springs?
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I would think pulling a 25-30ft trailer with a Bravad would be unsafe regardless for the weight.

If you get into sway issues on the road, the tow vehicle neither has the wheel base or weight to keep it stable. Are you going to add electric brakes, controller, etc if the camper doesn't have them. Surge brakes won't help in a sway problem.

Would it physically pull it, sure. But at least in my opion, I would feel unsafe doing so.

From my very own experience, i used to pull a 20ft trailer with my Explorer. I almost rolled it (pretty sure i had it tipped on 2 wheels at one point) on 23 once heading up north. I used every lane and most of the median to counter act the sway, still took almost a mile to stop. I did not have brakes on the trailer, etc, etc, shame on me.
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The airbags are more for leveling the load vs. overload springs that increase your weigh carrying capacity. Bags do not increase your load capacity. They just level the trailer/tow rig.
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20 to 25 ft max. my old 28ft was over 6k dry, more like 7500 loaded. my new 32ft is 9k dry. you can find stuff under 25ft under 5k. my friend is pulling a 20ft with a trailblazer without issue. you will need an electric brake controller, a stabilizer hitch, and sway controller. these will add up quick pricewise. alot about a grand above the price of the camper for the sway control/stabilizer/electric brake set up. remember the stuff you put in the camper will weigh alot! often over 1k lbs. i had over 1k lbs of stuff in my 8.5 ft truck camper. if yours is 3.42 axle ratio towing will suck. what year bravada you got?
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Keep an eye on Craigslist for the sway control hitches, I picked up a used one for $50 that was around $700 new. It was a night and day difference towing after it was installed.
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20 to 25 ft max. my old 28ft was over 6k dry, more like 7500 loaded. my new 32ft is 9k dry. you can find stuff under 25ft under 5k. my friend is pulling a 20ft with a trailblazer without issue. you will need an electric brake controller, a stabilizer hitch, and sway controller. these will add up quick pricewise. alot about a grand above the price of the camper for the sway control/stabilizer/electric brake set up. remember the stuff you put in the camper will weigh alot! often over 1k lbs. i had over 1k lbs of stuff in my 8.5 ft truck camper. if yours is 3.42 axle ratio towing will suck. what year bravada you got?
It's a 2000 Bravada with tow package that includes 3.73 gears, I upgraded the transmission and the motor so physically I dont think it would have any issues pulling 5,000lbs but sway is another story, it also has load range C tires, what kind of weight can I safely pull with them? I am not looking to buy load range E tires for a Bravada as I would like to keep the ride somewhat comfortable.

It has rear anti sway bar, is that the same as a sway controller? I already have the electric brake controller that I took out of my Suburban before I sold it.

I will probably start looking at some 20-25ft trailers, I need one that will sleep 6 and has a bathroom.

I see that a lot of the new trailers are a lot lighter than trailers made in the 70's and 80's so I might go check out some new ones?
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Mt brother in law has a 20 footer with slide out and each end folds out. So when setup it's 28'. The 2 ends and dining table each comfortably sleep 2. The slide out couch folds down and is good for 1 adult or 2 kids. I thinks it's under 5k loaded with gear. He pulled it with an astro van load level hitch elec brake and you didn't notice it was there until you got into some hills(stock 4.3). These new ones are pretty light.
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