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RE: Escalade/Denali or Suburban 2500

I am guessing at the weight of the trailer. It’s an 18ft v toy hauler with dual 10k lb axles. It has a 2375 lb car inside, and I’ve estimated under 500 lb of misc. gear.
Gold 04/03/21 09:40pm Towing
RE: Escalade/Denali or Suburban 2500

I do have the tow haul turned on always when towing. The difference that is clearly felt with tow/haul on is firmer shifts at a later rpm. The downshifting issue from 4th to 3rd at highway speeds is with tow/haul turned on. Cruise control is basically not useable as any slight acceleration cruise needs to maintain speed will cause a downshift. I can go faster (barely the speed limit) if I don’t use cruise and try to hold a steady foot at the Max power I can hold in 4th gear right before it would downshift to third. My other trick is to put the computer on “instant mpg”. 4th gear at 9MPG is the magic number to maintain. The slight acceleration that would drop instant mpg to 8mpg will result in a downshift to third even with tow/haul on.
Gold 04/03/21 07:25pm Towing
RE: Escalade/Denali or Suburban 2500

Thank you all for your reply’s. I have heard that gearing would help. What gearing did you have on your ‘07 Yukon? Also, what negatives have you heard about the Escalade? Should I assume that whatever is negative on the Escalade also applies to the Denali as they are largely the same vehicle?
Gold 04/03/21 07:15pm Towing
RE: Escalade/Denali or Suburban 2500

Gents (I’m assuming it’s all gents, but let me add Ladies and Gents just in case). I apologize in advance with my newness to all of this and thank you for the thoughtful and timely replies. My current ‘03 Suburban is used for longer toy trailer tows by me, and then my wife and I use just truck a couple times a week trips loaded with meals from a food bank to a shelter, and our dogs to a dog park. The main frustration is I’m just challenged to maintain freeway speeds even on the flats with my current 5.3L Suburban 4 spd when towing the heavier toy trailer. When thinking about an upgrade it would be nicer to do all of this in an ironically much less expensive Escalade or Denali, but could all be done in a suburban 2500 as well. I was told by AAdams, a reputable trailer retailer north of Chicago that I could not add a wdh as the V on the trailer used up too much space. I haven’t measured, but my guess is the distance from the V to the ball is less than 2 feet. While I suppose it would be nice to have, the truck and the trailer are very stable when towing, no sway on the highway, brakes well (when I have the brake controller set correctly!). Do I need a wdh if my truck is level with Autoride. I have an adjustable hitch, the truck/trailer are perfectly level, and again, tows’s just slow! My issue is its hard to comfortably maintain the speed limit so I’m currently the slow guy in the right lane that you look at and say, ‘doesn’t he have anything else to do today” as you whizz past! The rear end suggestions are a great idea. How do I determine what rear end gearing a used truck might have? Is that something that can be deciphered from the VIN? Again, thank you for your feedback!
Gold 04/03/21 12:07am Towing
Escalade/Denali or Suburban 2500

I’m considering buying a 2010 Escalade/Yukon XL Denali or a similar year Suburban 2500. I currently have a great running 2003 Suburban 1500 5.3L 285hp autoride which I’ve upgraded with stiffer z51 springs and has fresh GM autoride shocks. I recently obtained a 20 foot v-nose toy hauler, I’m guessing the weight of the loaded trailer (and people/cargo in the suburban) is 6,000 lbs. Fortunately it’s very level and stable when towing because I can’t have a WDH as the v-nose on the trailer prevents a WDH from being used. My issue is that I simply run out of power with the Suburban. I can’t use cruise control on the highway as just the slightest incline (or even the wake of a truck) will cause the Suburban to gear hunt, and even when not using cruise control it’s hard to maintain 60 mph. I’m considering either a 2010 Escalade ESV/Yukon Denali XL (both have 6.2L 402HP 1500 chassis), or a similar year Suburban 2500 which has the 6L 355HP 2500 chassis. I’m more attracted to the Escalade/Denali as they are quite a bit less expensive and exponentially easier to find (and have a bigger engine and 47 more HP), but can it tow ‘as fast’ as the Escalade/Denali despite it having 47 less HP that I should consider it. Thank you in advance for your insight.
Gold 04/02/21 07:21am Towing
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