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What is the towing capacity for a 87 surburban with tow package and weight distribution hitch? Would it tow 6800 lbs

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A good rule of thumb is you do not want the tail to be wagging the do, (trailer heavier than the vehicle). My 1987 Chevy suburban pulls a 1969 Airstream 29 foot travel trailer that weighs about 6500 lbs and I have my car loaded with my tools, blocking, and much other stuff and I would guess that it weighs 6500 to 6800 lbs, so about even. After traveling more than 12,000 miles with it and having no problems I believe that I have a good match-up. When going up grades like I-8 into San Diego (have doen that one twice) I down shift the transmission as needed and in second gear doing about 35 mph seems to be best. My 350 has been modified with a new timing chain with setting of cam timing of 6 degrees advance which brings the power curve down to the RPMs range where most of us drive (not at 4500 RPMs).Hope that this helps you.
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C-1500 (2WD) WITH 5.7L AXLE RATIO 3.42---CAN TOW 5,500 LBS
AXLE RATIO 3.73---CAN TOW 6,500 LBS
6.5 DIESEL AXLE RATIO 3.42---CAN TOW 5,500 LBS
K-1500 (4WD) WITH 5.7L AXLE RATIO 3.42---CAN TOW 5,000 LBS
3.73 6.000 LBS
6.5L DIESEL 3.42 5.000 LBS
C-2500 (2WD) 5.7L 3.73 6.000 LBS
4.10 7.500 LBS
6.5L DIESEL 3.73 6.500 LBS
4.10 8.000 LBS
7.4L 3.73 8.500 LBS
4.10 10.000 LBS
K-2500 (4WD) 5.7L 4.10 7.000 LBS
6.5L DIESEL 3.73 6.000 LBS
4.10 7.500 LBS
7.4L 3.73 8.000 LBS
4.10 10.000 LBS

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  • coachrichm May 21, 2011

    Thank you... I bought a 24 toy hauler trailer fully loaded groos wieght about 6800 .... I was wondering if a 1987 chevy 4x4 surburban 350 v8 1 ton with weight hitch and tow package could pull the trailer. For those that know california ...I'm worried about the grade coming back from the desert to san diego.

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