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#35 of 49 My husband is in a panic!!
May 18, 2012 (9:38 am)
We traded in our Ford Excursion and bought a 2011 GMC Yukon XL-SLE (i know.. big downgrade) anyhow, now my husband is in a panic thinking our Yukon XL wont tow our 25' boat. Boat weight is 4300lbs, with about a 1,500lb trailer - total tow weight is 5800lbs. He's afraid it's gonna be a total dog and not be able to pull the boat.. We also will have a full car - packed with kids and all their "kid crap". Should we be worried we've made the wrong choice?? Vin# 1GKS1HE07BR265482
#36 of 49 Re: My husband is in a panic!! [mamashack]
May 18, 2012 (11:42 am)
Given your VIN, I found the following. I know it is a lot of terminology, and I hope that I can communicate it clearly for you!
The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) for your specific vehicle is 7200 lbs. This is the maximum number of pounds a tow vehicle may weigh. Everything that contributes to the weight of the tow vehicle is featured in this rating, including the weight of the vehicle, driver and all passengers, fuel, payload, trailer tongue weight, hitch weight and all optional equipment. The GVWR is displayed on the driverís door or door-lock pillar label of your vehicle.
The GCWR (Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) is the total allowable weight of the completely loaded vehicle and trailer including any passengers, cargo, equipment and conversions; the GCWR for the vehicle should not be exceeded) for your vehicle is 11,000 lbs and the maximum trailer weight per the owners manual is 5,500 lbs.
It looks as though the weight of your trailer and boat exceeds that of the recommended maximum trailer weight; as far as how this may affect your vehicle, I am unsure. It may be a good idea to speak with your dealership on this matter.
If we can look into anything further for you, please don't hesitate to contact us at socialmediagm.com
All the best,
GM Customer Service
#37 of 49 2007 Denali Towing Temperature
Jul 23, 2012 (10:22 am)
Towing my 7,500# boat this past weekend I noticed the digital readout of the transmission temperature climbed to 227 going up hill and would typically hover around 200 on the flats. Is this too high? Will the cars computer tell me when the transmission is too hot?
It's a 2007 Yukon Denali 6.2L AWD.
Any information would be great. Thanks, MM
#38 of 49 Yukon XL 2008 Trailer Towing
Jul 25, 2012 (9:06 am)
Asked what is the maximum capacity of a 1500/ 5.3ltr. XL ??
Having also bought a 2009 XL with trailer tow option I found the rig came with a 3.42 axle and surprisingly NO transmission cooler. Although the mfg GVW ratings will restrict your 5.3 Yukon XL to 5400/5900#, with an adequate transmission cooler this rig will pull 8500# with out any shift scheduling or engine laboring while in trailer tow mode, however, make sure you have a transmission cooler. I found mixed reviews and also looked at Suburbans and Yukons and some do not have the transmission cooler.
Without this KEY element you can anticipate transmission overheat; I've experienced it!!
Also note the difference of a 3.73 vs 3.42 rear axle can make the total GVW decrease.
** Driving in extended hilly country without the 6.0 engine will place high demands on your engine but of relatively flat roads and moderate inclines you should have no issues.
#39 of 49 Re: 2007 Denali Towing Temperature [meyermdaj]
Jul 25, 2012 (9:10 am)
Review of other forums and other disappointed consumers will tell you you're not alone. I too have experienced overheat but also learned that not all GM Suburbans or Yukons have transmission coolers. If not equipped, add one; this transmission typically runs hot and getting to engine operating temps can easily achieved under adverse conditions.
#40 of 49 Re: 2007 Denali Towing Temperature [harley060107]
Jul 25, 2012 (10:01 am)
I've read that the trans fluid can handle operating temps up to 220. I'm more wondering if the cars computer will warn me of a "Transmission Overheat". I agree, a trans cooler should probably be added.
#41 of 49 how close to the edge can I safely go?
Jan 06, 2013 (7:51 pm)
Almost bought a CPO Yukon yesterday but halted the process based on finding out the 2012 4wd SLT Yukon had a 3.08 axle ration with the K5L HD option..so I guess that means the towing limit would be 5200 pounds. I intend on pulling my wakeboard boat with it...I estimate the boat with trailer, gear and people to be about 5200-5300 pounds..i.e. right at the guidelien limit.
Does this mean its' a mistake to bu that vehichle and that I should look for one with a 3.42 axle and HD towing (K5L).. or should I feel ok proceeding knowing that I am on the hairy edge? I think I'm seeing examples of posts of people not even at the limit with a 3.42 axle and stil lhaving overheating problems..which leads me to conclude it woudl be a big mistake.
the dealer did not push me towards doing it..wants me to do the right thing. He adsived tha tit wousdl not hurt hte enging, but that I would be a little sluggish on the hills.
Any advice from GM here?
My 1998 yukon seems to pull this boat fine, but it had a 3.73 axle..so I can't really do a comparison.
#43 of 49 Help with towing question
Feb 24, 2013 (10:49 am)
I'm looking at buy a 2013 Yukon XL Denali w/3.42 gears I have a trailer that weights 5120 dry. The Yukon has a tow weight of 7800 lbs just try to get some answers before I spend a lot of money on a new car.
#44 of 49 Hauling a White Hawk 28DSBH with a Yukon??
Mar 31, 2013 (10:59 pm)
Hi we just bought a Jayco White Hawk 28DSBH and we have a 2010 Yukon Denali AWD with HD Towing Package. The max trailer weight in our manual is 8100 lbs, the GVWR of the trailer is 7500. The GCVWR for the Yukon and trailer is 14000. We plan on getting a weight distributing hitch. The dry hitch weight on the trailer is 590 lbs. Do you think we will have any problems hauling this trailer with our Yukon?? The exterior length of the trailer is 31'11" We haven't actually taken posession of the trailer so we can't give any actual weights.