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I just bought two new sea doo jet skis and trailer. Taking them away to our beach house this coming Memorial Day weekend for the summer. I have a question................when launching and retrieving them, while I have any problems getting them out of the water???? I am really not that concerning about getting them in and being able to pull the trailer out off the ramp, but I have to admit I am concerned about pulling the trailer and the 2 jet skis out.
Has anyone here launched jet skis with AWD?? Any issues? Any tricks?

The last thing I want to get my escalade stuck on the ramp because the AWD won't pull them out.
I have always had a boat on LI when I lived there and always pulled it with a 4WD truck.....never did this before with AWD...
Can anyone shed some experience with this for me? Much appreciated.

SORRY ABOUT MIS-SPELLING TOWING in the title...lol:thepan:
 

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I don't think 2 tiny jet skis are a problem for a vehicle that is rated to pull 7000+ lbs
 

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Re: AWD Towning question

Somehow I knew OBX would respond first...lol...THANKS

Anyway, they are not really little tiny jet skis....total weight is about 2500 lbs. I am really not worried about the weight. I am really concerned about the way AWD drive works when coming out of the water. To be honest, I am not sure how all wheel drive works...I know 4WD well.

Do I shut off the stabilitrac when taking out of water....does that help at all??

Like I said, I would hate to get stuck on the ramp....lol
 

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You will not have any issues taking those out of the water. I pull out my 18.5' Bass Boat all the time on a pretty steep ramp with no problems, the rig is around 4600lbs.
 

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Re: AWD Towning question

Does shutting off stabilitrac help???

THANKS FOR THE REPLY BY THE WAY!!!!!!
 

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I'll find out shortly myself.I have a 250CR Crownline cruiser(27ft cabin boat).All said and done about 8500lbs on the trailer.We will see how she does.It's Florida and flat as a board here.

I towed this set-up with my 99 Denali for 2 yrs but that had a low range for the ramps.

I did tow a 5k lb dump trailer last week and I really didn't notice too much difference in acceleration or stopping.There was no need for tow/haul mode.

What you will have to do is turn off the back-up sensors...they will go off continually in reverse.
 

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Re: AWD Towning question

Curious to hear how the truck works with the boat in the water, and getting that loaded trailer up off the wet ramp. Good luck and PLEASE update how you made out.

How is AWD different than 4WD???
 

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It's really not.It doesn't come in and out of 4wd if that is what you are getting at.The main difference in awd vs. 4wd is the transfer case and the choice of lo range.

I would have been much happier with the old style and the choice of low range.

I never really needed low range even at the wieght I was pulling out of the ramp with the old 5.7 denali but it just made it really easy on a 125k mile truck.The power difference between this 6.0 and that older 5.7 is staggering.I don't think it will have the slightest trouble.

The AWD will negate any problems with wet ramps.You put it in 1st manually and hit tow/haul.This will adjust the line pressure and shift points.It is not like the old style tow/haul that would just prevent the tranny from going into overdrive.The new style the 6.0/AWD gas is a much more active type tow/haul mode.

You can test it out just pulling thos two ski's.Hit tow/haul and accelrate from a stop and you will see the shift points are much later.It holds each gear with less pedal.The increased line pressure is something that happens when you choose 1st gear.
 

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I was looking at diesel Excursions but they are big and noisey.That's a real PITA to drive a and park.Plus lets be honest the Caddy is very nice to drive anywhere.Plus the Ex wouldn't fit in my garage.I'm a bit of a clean freak so i hae to account for it all

.I really only pull the boat a handful of times a year and each time the truck gets to sit for days before I pull the boat back out.Heat is what fires transmissions.There again, we have tranny temp gauges.
 

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Re: AWD Towning question

Thanks for the info....
So then what happens/changes when you shut the stabilitrac off???

Still not sure what that system really does.
 

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Thanks for the info....
So then what happens/changes when you shut the stabilitrac off???

Still not sure what that system really does.
First, the Escalade EXT has Stabilitrak, a very effective automatic stability system which provides startling improvements in handling. The Escalade doesn't feel like a sports car, but it takes turns no truck has the right to try, and does it without screeching tires or feelings of imminent loss of control. We hope drivers will use it responsibly - but it certainly makes the Escalade handy around tight, fast turns.
 

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I pull my Tracker in and out of Susquehanna river here yr long! Very nasty ramps at some spots and never once had an issue! Think anything your towing will be a breeze for the beast! Good luck and have fun on those skis!
 

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Does anyone know what changes when you turn the stabil off??
I better understand what it does while on, but when you hit the button to turn on, what actually happens, and if anything, why would you opt to turn it off anyway??
If you should leave it on then, why is there the option to turn it off??

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It's really not.It doesn't come in and out of 4wd if that is what you are getting at.The main difference in awd vs. 4wd is the transfer case and the choice of lo range.

I would have been much happier with the old style and the choice of low range.

I never really needed low range even at the wieght I was pulling out of the ramp with the old 5.7 denali but it just made it really easy on a 125k mile truck.The power difference between this 6.0 and that older 5.7 is staggering.I don't think it will have the slightest trouble.

The AWD will negate any problems with wet ramps.You put it in 1st manually and hit tow/haul.This will adjust the line pressure and shift points.It is not like the old style tow/haul that would just prevent the tranny from going into overdrive.The new style the 6.0/AWD gas is a much more active type tow/haul mode.

You can test it out just pulling thos two ski's.Hit tow/haul and accelrate from a stop and you will see the shift points are much later.It holds each gear with less pedal.The increased line pressure is something that happens when you choose 1st gear.

Doesn't 4WD usually have a locking differential while AWD doesn't?
 

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Re: AWD Towning question

not to hijack the thread, but im going to be towing a 22 ft wakeboarding boat with this(about 5500 pounds with trailer). I have towed in the past alot, but never with the caddy.
Any thoughts on additions I should make to tow it better, and also on the 6.0 do most of yiou tow with OD off?
 

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Doesn't 4WD usually have a locking differential while AWD doesn't?

Technically yes but get the Escalade in the dirt and both front will spin.It's more like a limited slip like the rear with a bias towards open.The older style had both auto/4wd and 4wd.

In the case of a wet ramp it will help the truck pull up in theory from the front.
 

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the traction control helps a bunch in the snow i have awd on my truck and my wife doesnt have it on here truck. When your truck starts to slip the power is transfered to a wheel that is more sticky and it keeps you under control more in my wifes truck all power goes to all wheels the same no matter how slippery but in our escalades when a wheel starts to slip it slows that wheel down and gives power else where
 

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Technically yes but get the Escalade in the dirt and both front will spin.It's more like a limited slip like the rear with a bias towards open.The older style had both auto/4wd and 4wd.

In the case of a wet ramp it will help the truck pull up in theory from the front.
Yeah, the wheels with the most traction spin, don't they?
 
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