: Towing a camper



hemiwin6.2
05-10-13, 09:12 PM
Anyone here tow a camper? I'm gonna start looking for a travel trailer, and am not sure how big (heavy) I can go. What should the max dry weight camper I should be looking for?

I really won't be pulling it too far. 100 miles max. Maybe 3-4 times a year.

I have a 2009 escalade AWD.

THANKS

2kflhr
05-10-13, 10:21 PM
It also depends on the length of the trailer you plan to pull unless you have an ESV that will make a difference on how it handles, short wheel base vehicles can be tricky when pulling a long trailer. I believe the OM states around 7500-8000#?

LowNslow
05-10-13, 11:58 PM
I pulled my Cougar 30FKV with the Lade, pulled it fine. No crazy distance or anything but point A to point B the 6.2 did the job.

roadog1aj
05-11-13, 09:01 AM
We tow a 24' Nash easily with our 2011 EXT. It has dual axles with electric brakes, so i have a trailer brake system installed, and use a good hitch with anti-sway bars.

2kflhr
05-11-13, 10:05 PM
It also depends on the length of the trailer you plan to pull unless you have an ESV that will make a difference on how it handles, short wheel base vehicles can be tricky when pulling a long trailer. I believe the OM states around 7500-8000#?Now that I think about it the Escalade has a longer wheel base than the old Chevrolet K5 Blazer I had and pulled a 28' heavy camper out of the NC mountains to the Charlotte Lake Norman area. That thing was a hand full and I attributed the difficulty to the short wheelbase. I pulled a U-Haul transporter with a Camaro on it from North Carolina to Texas the other year and have pulled a 7 X 14 enclosed trailer with my Harley back and forth from Charleston several times with ease with a with a GMC Yukon (similar wheelbase) I had prior to buying the Escalade and it towed like a charm.

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I pulled my Cougar 30FKV with the Lade, pulled it fine. No crazy distance or anything but point A to point B the 6.2 did the job.I felt sure the power was sufficient but was wondering about the handling due to the wheelbase but know I know different. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever noticed an Escalade towing anything and I do a lot of driving. Well, mine will be towing something to Texas again in a couple of weeks. The kid is in the Air Force and about to become a proud homeowner at 23 so the wife I have a load of things to take to him. I'll either rent a U-Haul trailer or buy an enclosed trailer to tow out there and leave with him. He can use the trailer as a storage building in order to keep his garage for his Camaro's.

LowNslow
05-12-13, 11:27 AM
I felt sure the power was sufficient but was wondering about the handling due to the wheelbase but know I know different. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever noticed an Escalade towing anything and I do a lot of driving. Well, mine will be towing something to Texas again in a couple of weeks. The kid is in the Air Force and about to become a proud homeowner at 23 so the wife I have a load of things to take to him. I'll either rent a U-Haul trailer or buy an enclosed trailer to tow out there and leave with him. He can use the trailer as a storage building in order to keep his garage for his Camaro's.

Well the last time I had pulled it, there was pretty sufficient winds & I was still ok even at 60mph. Didn't get above 65mph the duration of the trip but even with wind it was very manageable. Really the only thing I felt "bad" for was loading up the trailer & hearing the poor little underpowered compressors we have on the Eskys just keep putting away lol.

Cadillac Cust Svc
05-13-13, 05:13 PM
Anyone here tow a camper? I'm gonna start looking for a travel trailer, and am not sure how big (heavy) I can go. What should the max dry weight camper I should be looking for?

I really won't be pulling it too far. 100 miles max. Maybe 3-4 times a year.

I have a 2009 escalade AWD.

THANKS

hemiwin6.2,
Looking at your vehicle's manual (p.5-44) the maximum trailer weight recommended by GM for an AWD Escalade is 8,100 lbs. Also, it is good to keep in mind that the Gross Combination Weight Rating (fully loaded vehicle, trailer, cargo, and passengers) is 14,000 lbs.

I hope this is helpful for you! Good luck in your search for a travel trailer.
Sarah
Cadillac Customer Service

the blur
05-14-13, 12:42 AM
pump those tires up to max inflation, and tow 8000 lbs no problem. Especially with the longer ESV truck.

Chris Cornett
05-14-13, 07:14 AM
Just make sure you have a brake controller for the trailer brakes. They are a breeze to install on the GM trucks. I really like the Prodigy controller.

hemiwin
05-14-13, 03:43 PM
Ok, Thanks.... The camper I was looking at is 6,400 lbs empty.

roadog1aj
05-14-13, 09:04 PM
This is the Trailer Brake I installed: http://www.etrailer.com/Brake-Controller/Cadillac/Escalade/2011/90885.html?vehicleid=2011106241 Great reviews, and support. Easy to install. I did not bother to simply twist the wire connections. I soldered all wire connections to be sure there was never a chance for a wire working loose and not having the brakes when I needed them. I would also highly recommend a hitch with sway bars to help keep that trailer from wandering back and forth behind you. Hope you enjoy that camper as much as we enjoy ours!!!!

the blur
05-15-13, 12:06 AM
read the owners manual. Lots of good info on towing.

Chris Cornett
05-15-13, 12:16 AM
This is the Trailer Brake I installed: http://www.etrailer.com/Brake-Controller/Cadillac/Escalade/2011/90885.html?vehicleid=2011106241 Great reviews, and support. Easy to install. I did not bother to simply twist the wire connections. I soldered all wire connections to be sure there was never a chance for a wire working loose and not having the brakes when I needed them. I would also highly recommend a hitch with sway bars to help keep that trailer from wandering back and forth behind you. Hope you enjoy that camper as much as we enjoy ours!!!!

Thats the controller I was talking about. I have a 10000 lb race trailer and thats the controller I use in my Duramax. Weight distributing hitch with sway control is also a good idea once you get above a 5000 lb trailer.

roadog1aj
05-15-13, 07:18 AM
Thats the controller I was talking about. I have a 10000 lb race trailer and thats the controller I use in my Duramax. Weight distributing hitch with sway control is also a good idea once you get above a 5000 lb trailer.
Exactly right Chris. The combo of a good trailer brake and hitch system make towing heavier trailers a lot less stressful. The only other item would be a set of extended side mirrors to have a better view around the trailer. I haven't found any that would attach to my EXT mirrors without possibly scratching the paint and chrome.

Chris Cornett
05-15-13, 10:27 PM
Yeah tow mirrors are nice. My Duramax has power extending mirrors.

murphy
05-15-13, 10:35 PM
A few considerations also are:
- any particular excessive grade ?
- supplemental cooling
- sufficient braking is critical...
- supercharger, heavier sway bars and big brake kit (I added all) are the creme on the top :)