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    Towing with an Escalade

    We're test driving 2011 & 2014 Escalades this week. We currently own a Suburban, but we'd like to replace it with the Escalade. Has anyone had experience towing a 32' travel trailer with an Escalade? If so, how was your experience? We are in the North East and will primarily be towing in VT, NH, ME (lots of mountains). Thanks!

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    Re: Towing with an Escalade

    In short.. don't do it.

    I have a 2010 and tried just about everything to make it work. I'm now the proud owner of a 2007 F350 Crew Cab Powerstroke Diesel. The Escalade just carries people now.

    Just a few of the items I replaced.

    2 sets of air ride shocks (yes, 4 @ $250 ea plus labor)
    Full set of motor mounts (350 or so)
    Transmission (thankfully, that was covered under warranty)
    Exhaust Manifold Bolts ($1200)

    Upgraded tranny cooler - a must really.

    That was the first 9 months towing.

    I could go further but I won't.




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    Re: Towing with an Escalade

    What year is your suburban? Which engine? Are you pulling the trailer today with it?

    Honestly, I'm surprised you would be. I'm going to bet you're maxed out on just about every spec.

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    I have a 2007 and put in a tru cool 40K. I replaced all shocks with new oem ones and got new springs (lowered vehicle slightly. I also added a front sway bar. Just recently added airlift 1000 helper bags and stoptech drilled/slotted rotors with pads. I have had no issues.
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    My 2008 2WD Escalade SWB (stock oem parts) does better than my 2016 Tahoe LT 4x4 & 2017 Escalade 4x4. I live in Queens NY & in the last 10 years we experienced record snowstorms & blizzards. My 2WD with 22” was never a problem!

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    Re: Towing with an Escalade

    Quote Originally Posted by Snake12345 View Post
    I have a 2007 and put in a tru cool 40K. I replaced all shocks with new oem ones and got new springs (lowered vehicle slightly. I also added a front sway bar. Just recently added airlift 1000 helper bags and stoptech drilled/slotted rotors with pads. I have had no issues.
    How much (and what) are you pulling?

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    32’ Jayco travel trailer. More than enough power and stopping power with the brake controller. I am sure that I am overloaded but it handles fine.

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    Re: Towing with an Escalade

    For me it wasn't a matter of how it handles it. 400+ hp will haul a camper just fine. I also did the brake upgrades and brake controller.

    However, get that rig in the mountains pulling 7k and watch that temperature rise. Once it gets close to the 3/4 range you're doing damage.



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    Re: Towing with an Escalade

    I have a 2010 Escalade ESV and have had questions and concerns about heat and towing as well. Have talked to several dealers and trans shops and have been told that the OEM cooling system is fine as it has factory cooler for the trans and power steering plus a 5 core rad for the engine. I am only towing a 7.5 X 17 cargo trailer that weighs 2000 lbs plus a 1500# RZR and although power is not an issue I do watch the trans temp rise if towing into a large wind or in hilly country. What the transmission shops tell me is to ALWAYS tow with Tow Haul regardless of the manual saying it is not needed till you hit 7000 lbs. I run in 5 manual and if windy it will not shift out of 4th. RPM's at 60 mph are 2150 in 5th and 2700 in 4th and 9 to 9.5 in 4th and as high as 12 in 5th. If you let the rpm's run up the engine and trans temps stay down but if you push it then both will rise. Dex 6 is a synthetic trans oil and will handle a lot of heat and as long as you can keep it under 220F safe to run that high. Pulling the front clip and installing a larger cooler may help keep the trans temps down and in turn the engine temps as well. If you are not trying to run 75 on the freeway and pay attention I am sure you can pull the 32' with the Escalade. Diesels are nice but cost a ton of money to buy and maintain. Good Luck.

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    Re: Towing with an Escalade

    Quote Originally Posted by 007matman View Post
    For me it wasn't a matter of how it handles it. 400+ hp will haul a camper just fine. I also did the brake upgrades and brake controller.

    However, get that rig in the mountains pulling 7k and watch that temperature rise. Once it gets close to the 3/4 range you're doing damage.



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    Temps rose even quicker for the transmission. The engine seemed to handle a 27' travel trailer fine for us, but the transmission temps were scary when handling a mild mountain pass.
    Yes - I second the issue with suspension and motor mounts. We had to replace both as well.

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    Re: Towing with an Escalade

    Tru cool for towing for sure!
    My trans barely sees temps of 170 towing my boat. I do about 1800 mile round trip In July to the Keys every year.
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    Re: Towing with an Escalade

    Quote Originally Posted by johninsc View Post
    Tru cool for towing for sure!
    My trans barely sees temps of 170 towing my boat. I do about 1800 mile round trip In July to the Keys every year.
    How's those engine temps?

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    Re: Towing with an Escalade

    Stays around 198 to 210

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    Re: Towing with an Escalade

    I would like to get a bigger boat (6000lb) but I think I'm at my comfort limit with towing that far. It would be fine around town with a bigger boat but I just don't know about that 1800 mile trip every year??

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    Re: Towing with an Escalade

    Quote Originally Posted by johninsc View Post
    Stays around 198 to 210
    Not my experience. Towing in Florida was a nightmare for me. Stopping every hour and a half for gas, speed limited to 60, etc had no effect.

    I was pulling a 7400lb (loaded) travel trailer.

    Two flushes, a new radiator didn't solve it.

    What's that thing weigh?

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