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Jiffy Bumpit

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Greetings everyone. I am considering jumping into the RV world and that's the biggest reason I bought my 2021 Denali XL (6.2l). Does anyone here tow a large travel trailer with their Suburban/Yukon XL? Any suggestions/recommendations/warnings?
 

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Here's some other threads about towing on the '21+ platform.




General consensus seems to be that the '21+ platform is a very capable towing rig - things to watch out for as you get near your towing limit is the rear end squat (not an issue if you get air suspension) and your payload capacity. You're likely to max out your payload before you max out your trailer GVWR. Payload is a combination of EVERYTHING pushing down on the rig - people, gear and most important - trailer tongue weight. Typical payload on these rigs is in the ~1,500lbs range so if you have a trailer pushing +700lb tongue weight, there's only ~800lbs left over for people and gear.
 

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I have a Yukon Denali, no the XL, with the 6.2L and Max Towing package. I tow a 25 ft. trailer, about 6700 lbs loaded. That's about the limit for my vehicle. With the longer wheelbase your XL could probable handle a longer trailer (assuming WDH and antisway) and a little more weight. However, as mentioned, most SUVs and pickups reach their payload/cargo capacity limits before they reach their towing limits. And as I recall, the XL usually has a slightly lower towing capacity and payload capacity than the regular Denali.

Oh, and if you have P rated tires and are going to do much towing I would consider a higher rated tire. Not as nice of a ride in town but more stable on the highway. I changed to Continental Terrain Contact H/T that is close to an LT and can handle inflating it more.
 

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Greetings everyone. I am considering jumping into the RV world and that's the biggest reason I bought my 2021 Denali XL (6.2l). Does anyone here tow a large travel trailer with their Suburban/Yukon XL? Any suggestions/recommendations/warnings?
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I have a 2022 Yukon XL Denali with the 6.2, No max tow, No air ride just the magnetic suspension, towing a 32' Travel trailer weighing about 7200 lbs. Yukon is rated for 7800lbs. I use a Husky TS centerline weight distribution hitch. 1 inch sag in the back and 1/8 to 1/4 raise in the front. I inflated the rear tires to max pressure to try and take some sway out due to the independant suspension. overall it tows fine. On some real windy days can definitley feel it but at the end of the day you are towing a huge kite.received_761315835117118-jpeg.jpg
 
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Jiffy Bumpit

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Thanks for the quick response. Question. Does a weight distribution hitch lower the tongue weight, or since it shifts it to the front axle it still applies to your payload capacity?
 

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No. it just moves or distributes some weight to the front axle. your payload numbers won’t change.
 

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No. it just moves or distributes some weight to the front axle. your payload numbers won’t change.
For every 10 pounds shifted to the steer axle, 5 pounds is transferred to the trailer's axle. If one trailer axle, 5 pounds, if 2, 2.5 pounds each in general terms.
 

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I have a ‘21 with the 3.0l and tow package. We pull a 24ft (28ft including tongue) weighing maybe 7k loaded. It pulls well but the wind kinda pulls you around. Biggest concern is the tongue weight. Wouldn’t be able to do it without a weight distributing hitch! Have to take it slow up hills. D8CCDB64-B9CE-4A3D-90A8-C1D4674CD998.jpeg
 

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