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Old 10-09-2014, 07:19 AM   #1
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Default Am I pushing it?

I have towed my 28qbss Shadow Cruiser a few times with a weight distributing hitch and the 2002 Tahoe has done well. Little struggle up grades but it has been pretty stable. The rear hardly squats at all and the trailer tows flat. I am at the absolute limit I believe in capacity. Am I correct in this, I believe my math is correct. Limit is 12,000 lbs for the whole deal trailer and truck weight. I rarely move these days as I have found a great Rv park that we really like so I'm staying for a while. Just wonder if I am tempting the Devil here.

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Old 10-09-2014, 09:52 AM   #2
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Itís a bit hard to tell from the info you have posted. The 2002 Tahoe has 3 different tow weight capacities depending on which engine and which axle ratio itís equipped with. The most likely is the 5.3 liter V8 with a 3.73 axle. If that is indeed the case then the GCWR is 7400 lbs.

You also donít say what year your shadow cruiser is but the current year weighs in at 5385 lbs. Once you add in all of the stuff like the awning, batteries, propane, tongue weight, etc. you will be pretty close to 6400 lbs. That leaves you with 1000 lbs for passengers gear in the truck, food & gear in the trailer and water in the tanks.

So while you may not be above the trucks limits you are pretty close. No way to know for sure without getting some actual weights.

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Old 10-09-2014, 01:20 PM   #3
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Sorry bout the lack of info. The Tahoe in question is a 2002 5.3 with 3.73 gears and the towing package that includes a transmission cooler. Tahoe GCWR is 11,000 lbs. Max trailer weight is 7700lbs and the truck weighs in at 5,300 lbs. The trailer is a 2015 28Qbss. Dry it's 6,200 so says the info on the trailer. Hitch weight is 650. Are the propane tanks and battery included in the hitch weight? Second is the 11,000 the max with trailer and truck combined because I am at 11,800 total dry. Looks to me like I should not use the Tahoe for such a large trailer. I have seen Tahoe's put here pulling seriously big loads, one with a huge toy hauler and the ass end was squatting badly. I just want my family to be safe and to not kill anyone on the road !
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