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Old 05-23-2016, 08:40 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Dustdevil View Post
The problem with a 1/2 ton is the drivetrain, the brakes, and the wheels/tires. If you are using a WD hitch and IT IS ADJUSTED PROPERLY, the Suburban should feel even more planted and stable than usual, because it is supposed to evenly distribute weight up toward the front wheels.
The recommended way of adjusting the wdh has actually changed, approximately about 10yrs ago or so.

It is now suggested to only return the weight lost from the front axle once the the trailer is hooked up (without the wd bars).

tv only fa 3000lbs
tv w/ tt, no wd bars fa 2600lbs
tv w/ tt, w/ wd bars fa no more than 3000lbs

Some truck manufactures are now only recommending to return 25%, or 50% of the lost weight back to the front axle. From what I understand that is part of the reason the new(er) trucks have the fake that they do.

It is best to look in the owners manual to see what is suggested. Yes, there are some who still transfer more weight that what the tv only fa weight is, but having more weight on the fa can cause oversteer in an emergency handling situation. I honestly can not remember where I read the study, but it was either posted on RV.net or linked to from RV.net.

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Old 05-23-2016, 08:46 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by DanNJanice View Post
Well, "gutless" would be function of the engine/transmission. Which engine does it have? If it has the 5.3V8, then a 3/4 ton with the 5.3V8 will be just as gutless.

Not correct. Many 1/2 tons across all makes have the same engines as the 3/4 ton and 1 ton. 3/4 tons and up change to a different suspension, transmission, and overall drive train.
The 5.3's have a reputation for lacking power for the size engine they are, but nonetheless they do ok.

INHO, based on observations from many years of towing, hauling loads and RV'ing; it would seem many people are unwilling to sit back and have patience and be comfortable and let the vehicle do the work at its pace.

I have had many occasions of people driving a 1/2 ton towing a trailer the same size and even slightly bigger than mine, pass me on a hill because they don't want to drop speed down to 50MPH or possibly slower. Meanwhile, I sit with my 3/4 ton (manual transmission) not pushing the issue and pull the hill comfortably even as low at 45 MPH. That is not to say I don't have the power (I have on a rare occasion pushed it and topped out an a familiar grade at almost 70 MPH towing a full load; one which I would usually be down around 50 MPH).
I also go down the hills just the same. gear down and let the vehicle take the load how it will.
To me the proof shows in REQUIRED maintenance to the vehicle trailer. The factory clutch on my TV lasted to 183,000 miles. The brakes lasted till 200,000. My flat bed utility trailer was originally built in 1981 and with the exception of a complete new set of LED lights everything else is original.

To the original poster. If your suburban seems gutless and you are still well under the max weights. My opinion is: it's ok. Drop it a gear, sit back and tow at a rate comfortable for the vehicle so that you are not over revving. Whats the rush?

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