I have a '96 yukon with the 3:73 rear end and the G80 option. It also has
the so called heavy duty tranny cooler. I am going to be towing a horse
trailer and two horses for a total of 5000 lbs. Is that truck ready to go or
does someone have a suggestion as to what else it needs to prolong it's
life. 100,000 km (60k miles) on it now.
Ok sounds good. In the manual it says that it's ok to use OD when towing, to
downshift to D for going up hills. Is that recommended or is it a better
idea to just use D and be on the safe side......???
Not enough info.
Which Yukon, exactly? GVW, wheelbase, engine? You probably
have enough to tow with, but do you have enough to *stop* with?
Also, what kind of hauling? Mountains or flat land? Short or
long trips? Are your horses scramblers or neurotic weavers, or
cool travelers? What kind of towing experience do you have?
What hitch does the Yukon have now, and what brake controller?
See the rec.equestrian archives for much relevant discussion.
Ok, it's a 4dr Yukon SLT so wheel take the wheel base from that. It has the
only engine that I know of you could get for that model that year. (Vortec
5.7) the GVW is 6800 lbs, the towing is mostly flat with some hills but
nothing to steep. The average trip length would be 70 miles return. Both
horses are easy haulers with lots of trailer experience my self with 10
years or so on the horse trailer many before that with a regular travel
trailer. I have the Draw-Tite Activator brake control and the trailer has
brakes on all four wheels. The previous trucks I have had have all been 3/4
ton camper specials with oil coolers and tranny coolers ect. so I didn't
worry to much but this sport Ute thing is a little new to us hence the
trailering question. Oh ya, the hitch is a 5000 lb weight carrying or 10000
ld weight distributing hitch......
I think you have the equivalent (clone) of a 1/2 ton Suburban.
That is enough to tow your 2-horse trailer in your terrain. It
is not enough to tow more than that. It is just barely enough
to handle your trailer, if you lose the trailer brakes (which
happens more often than you may think!).
If I were you, I would verify the weight of your rig when fully
loaded. Take the trailer with horses to a weighing station or
local dump. Then on another trip, take just the vehicle. You
want to know the actual loaded weight of both the vehicle and
the trailer, *and* the tongue weight of the loaded trailer on
You are pushing the limit on your hitch receiver; consider an
upgrade to the next class.
Remember you are hauling a live load, 2000 pounds of excitable
animal; you need a margin of error.
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