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Old 11-21-2015, 08:55 PM   #21
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Doug - Check your build sheet on the Yukon to make sure that you have the heavy duty towing package. That includes heavy duty cooling for the engine and transmission. I have a 2012 Tahoe with an Equal-i-zer hitch that handles a 2014 White Hawk trailer fine (at least for midwest type towing).
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Old 11-21-2015, 09:00 PM   #22
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We have the towing package , but 3.08 rear end. It did fine coming home from RV dealer. We ran 55-65 mph on the hills and straights. Tranny temps at 195-200, I guess those are ok. I'm going to use the YUKON till it's either dead or painful to go that slow up hill. Weight distribution hitch and trailer brake controller made it fairly straight forward. Just waiting for warmer weather.
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Old 11-21-2015, 09:34 PM   #23
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We tow our 2010 Jayfeather 213 with a Chevrolet Traverse.

Tow rating 5200lbs.

We've towed From Niagara Falls to Virginia Beach, VA, down to Myrtle Beach, SC and back to Ontario again.

The Traverse tows the 213 just fine. Would I like an F150? Yes, but not a priority right now. Maybe next summer we'll upgrade, but the Traverse does a great job.
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:28 PM   #24
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Good to know! I have seen that done on an advertisement, but great to know it can be done. Yeah I want a new F150, but not till the YUKON croaks.��
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:01 AM   #25
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Doug: Your transmission temp of 195-200 is just slightly higher (maybe 5-10 degrees) than what mine ran during our trip to Florida last February. I assume that you're using the tow/haul mode switch - very critical. My 4WD Tahoe has the 3.42 RA and heavy duty cooling package so it's rated at 8200#. What I'd really like to have is the Yukon XL Denali which comes with the 6.2L gas engine. That decreases the tow capacity slightly, but gives you more torque for pulling some of the hills. I wish that GM would resurrect the Tahoe/Yukon 2500 series that they discontinued a few years back.
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:05 AM   #26
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I would love to see a diesel YUKON! Glad to know my temps are ok. We were on some major hills.
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:10 AM   #27
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I agree - can't understand why GM doesn't put the diesel in them. It would probably require an upgrade on the chassis from a 1500 series to a 2500, but I think they would really sell - especially when coupled with the Allison transmission.
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Old 11-22-2015, 02:43 PM   #28
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My transmission temp ranges from 160-215. When we were towing home through the Appalachian mountains, there was one pass that was fairly steep, I started at the bottom at about 200 degrees (I had just merged on to the interstate) and at the top of the pass I was at 213* doing about 55MPH.

You're right, they advertise the the x213 being towed by a Traverse on the Jayco brochure.
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Old 11-22-2015, 03:52 PM   #29
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Bringing it home we hit 204 on the Ozark hills, nothing like the hills in WV where I grew up. The ambient air was about 55f so I'm a little worried for summer, which can top 90 here. Researching an add on tranny cooler now.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:26 PM   #30
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Doug,

Congrats on the new trailer!

Pending on what your family weight is, and what the loaded tw of the trailer ends up being, just be careful of what you load in the Yukon cargo wise: coolers, chairs, firewood, etc. All those added up should not exceed the total payload for your vehicle.

As for the trans temp, did you just leave it in "D", or did you select "M", and choose "5" or even "4", locking out the higher gears? The more the trans hunts for the correct gear, the higher the temp goes. While we have a 2500HD, in ~80* weather our trans temp never exceed about 180*. I don't recall our '10 Chevy 1500 trans temo ever getting much higher than about 100* over the ambient temp either. I usually select "5", sometimes dropping it to "4" depending on how we are loaded, terrain, and the wind (which ALWAYS is a headwind it seems!!! Lol). Though an additional trans cooler can't hurt for the Yukon.

With the 1500 we were towing about 7,200lbs without seeing high temps... Now we are towing about 9,000lbs with the HD.

Kluza,

GM is brining back the 'burb as a 3500, but only for fleet sales at this time (last I read). I know there are many who wish for the return as well.
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