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Chevy Tahoe



  • jrb2114jrb2114 Posts: 2
    I am towing a 4850# DVW 27" Travel Trailer with an 06 Tahoe 5.3L engine. It does well but I would not want one any heavier. We do about 50mph up hills and usually do not drive above 60mph. This is my first travel trailer so I do not have anything to compare it to. What size of engine does the 07 have? I think it is smaller.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    With an '04 Yukon I pull a 26' Terry at a certified weight of 6650lbs. I use a weight distribution hitch and sway control. The Yukon is a 5.3L with .373 gears. I tow in 3rd gear at around 60MPH and get 11mpg on flat land, no head wind. But try for 65MPH and that mileage goes single digit really quick.

    The 5.3L with .373 gears is in it's "happy place" around 2500rpm up to around 4500rpm. It will still pull plenty strong above that, but suck fuel like a banshee to do it.

    You will need a brake controller. I strongly recommend the Prodigy. Set correctly and assuming the trailer brakes are in good shape and you will hardly notice the trailer affect on braking.

  • rockman59rockman59 Posts: 250
    What size of engine does the 07 have? I think it is smaller.
    Your '06 5.3 engine is rated at 295 hp. The '07 5.3 is rated at 325 hp. Same size engine but the '07 makes more power.
  • Where should I start? My Tahoe sure is giving me problems. Ive been dealing with this problem about a year now. First one morning it wouldnt start. The engine would turn over fine, battery was good, starter good. I ended up getting a ride then that afternoon the truck started fine. A couple days later it did it again, but that time i would try and start it wait 15min then try again then another 15min and it started. Finally i changed out the fuel filter and it seemed to work for a couple of days then went back to not wanting to start in the morning. So then i changed out the spark plugs and that didnt fix the problem. One day it wouldnt start so i sprayed starter fluid into it and it started up and died after it used that up and wouldnt start the rest of the morning. Yesterday i finally got under there and changed out the fuel pump and it started right up after that, however this morning once again wont start. When i turn the key you can here the fuel pump come on so i know its connected but now im stumped and dont know what to do next.
  • The '07 Tahoe has a the new generation Vortec 5300 V8. 320 hp @ 5200 RPM. Torque is 340 @ 4000. The '07 Tahoe also has a "tow/haul mode" that when you tow, it keeps the Tahoe from shifting constantly when going up grades - important here since we'll be heading up to the Eastern High Sierra's and there's a couple of passes that are at a 6% grade for about 8 miles or so.

    I would also be ordering my Tahoe with the rear axle of 4.10 instead of the 3.73 which bumps the GCVWR to 14,000# and the tow max to 8100#. I'm also going to invest in the Equalizer WD hitch with anti-sway. Still debating on the 22' trailer vs. the 24'11" trailer (both have slides in the rear which extend the trailer length for camping to 24' and 27' respectively). GVWR on trailers is: 22' - 6500#. 24'11" - 6000#.

    In addition to that would be us - myself at 116#, hubby at 140# and 2 kids at 9 and 12 years old. Besides the typical CD's and stuffed animals - most everything including bikes will be in the trailer.

    Now, with more info, what is your real life experience?
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    You should have no problem with either trailer, based on what you have described.

    Once again, don't forget the brake controller. I have used several different brands/types, and am most impressed with the Prodigy.

  • camydogcamydog Posts: 64
    I have a '95 Yukon, 4dr, 4X4 SLT 5.7 and I need to adjust the timing. I have a Haynes manual that specifies the electronic spark control connector to be on the firewall inside the engine compartment near the HVAC fan motor. I can't find the connector and it needs to be disconnected to properly adjust the timing. Can anyone provide me with very detailed instructions to guide me to the connector? Thanks.
  • camydogcamydog Posts: 64
    I have helped on a repair on a 1996 Tahoe that had the same problem you describe. In fact, as I was reading your post, I had flashbacks to that repair...draining the fuel tank (it was just filled), dropping it, changing the fuel pump unit, then the reassembly. It took three of us most of a day to complete...with a lift. I assume the '99 is the same as the '96 in design. If we can assume known good parts (fuel pump) then I would say it needs a leak down test on the FI system and an OBDII diagnostic check. Please post your results so we can all learn.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    There was a problem with fuel pressure regulators long about '99 and '00 that caused a similar problem. My '00 truck 6.0L had to have a warranty repair for this problem. Truck was hard to start, idled badly, etc. The shop told me it was just going out, if I waited a little longer it would have just quit running.
  • I feel comfortable with my intended setup after hearing what you guys have to say and after way too many hours on the RV forums as well.

    Now it's just a wait and save $$$ - save enough to pay the difference between my 05 Honda Pilot and the 07 Chevy Tahoe - possibly sometime between October - December.

    I'm shooting for April/May to buy the travel trailer (just in time for summer travel - and the Tahoe engine will have had a nice break-in period).

    I actually found a different trailer I like than the two I mentioned but weights are the same - only difference is instead of 24'11" it's 25'10" - but I like the floorplan better. I'm assuming the 1' difference won't really make a huge change in how it will tow since the GVWR is the same (it's much nicer with 2 slides (one being the couch area in the main living area and affords WAY more room and functionality than the 24'). Am I getting too long for the car now?

    I have put a note in my TT file regarding the prodigy brake controller and will look into it as well when I get closer to purchasing the trailer. Thanks for the info on that.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    Speaking as a long time RV'er, watch for RV shows in your area. Many times the manufacturers will put money into discounts during these shows.

    A good resource for research are the forums on

  • Yep......i've spent more than my share of hours into the late night on, and others out there. Have also done the spreadsheet programs that help figure your tongue %. Unfortunately those don't take into account that the kitchen is in front of the axles, the propane tanks are on the front, the bike storage and the pass through storage containers are in the front, the low profile design and aerodynmics of the whole trailer so their 9% tongue weight on my set up could easily come in at 12-15% once loaded up. Only way to tell is to have them both and go to a scale. Not the ideal situation when you have neither until full purchase. So....i'm going by weights - which my GCVWR i'm alotted 14,000# with the Tahoe 4.10 4x4 and I'm barely over 10,000# if we max out the trailer with an additional 1,000+# unused in the Tahoe. So, tongue weight of 9%, which initially threw me off in search of a different trailer, no longer bothers me much since real world and spreadsheet are completely different. i've talked with many experts on the forums and have been assured that my set up is within the parameters and should be okay. Of course, by the time we buy the trailer anything could change but at least I now KNOW what I am doing and won't make a huge $$$ mistake when buying a Trailer. Thanks to people like you.

  • motor mount is gone missing, and vacum line on transmission is open.what effects will this cause?what can i do to repair?car starts up but runs kind of loose.
  • I have a '99 suburban...interior lights come on at will and drain the battery. you had a post with a solution, #4518. I'm new at this and could not find the post. Can you help me.
    I bought an interior light control module but could not find where it goes...had the dash all torn apart but no luck.
  • jpg0024jpg0024 Posts: 1
    Have you found out what the clicking noise is? I have a 2002 tahoe that does the same thing but I have no clue what it is
  • we found out the back end was the went out so now were stuck trying to get one.i guesss it is common with tahoes
  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 539
    I have a 2005 Yukon XL. Does anybody know why it will not pick up the phone ringing when you push the button on the steering wheel with the picture of the guy talking? That button will initiate a call, but it will not answer an incoming call. The only way to answer a call is by pushing the white dot button up on the rear view mirror. Kind of annoying. It's not that I plan to use it very often, my wife and I both have regular cell phones, with speaker phone features, and don't plan to do the onstar/verizon shared minutes plan. But I did buy 100 personal calling minutes through onstar for the car phone for $15. It seemed like a good deal, just in case my wife ever forgot her phone and needed to make a call.

    I guess I could call Onstar and let them explain it to me. But I just wanted to gripe about it.
  • I've had the same problem. It turns out that the inner steering column shaft needs to be regreased. GM has made a sleeve that is available at your dealership to ensure the grease stays fresh. Ask them about it, they'll know what you're talking about. Costs about $125 bucks to be installed at the dealership.
  • Does anyone know of an aftermarket product or a business that can install a headrest in the center position of the 2nd and 3rd rows of a Suburban? My 2nd row is a bench seat and it's as if they didn't think that center person needed the protection of a headrest. So then I'm looking to get a headrest in that center position. Seems improbable but I figure someone must do it. Anyone have any ideas?
  • I've had the tires on my 2005 Tahoe (purchased new last year)rotated at 7,500 miles a few months ago. I checked the tire pressure this weekend. I discovered that the display on the DIC ("driver information center"?) shows both front tires as the rear tires, so that the displays of LF and RF are actually displaying LR and RR; and vice versa for the rear tires - the displays of LR and RR are actually LF and RF. Is this because some sensor wasn't switched when the tires were rotated? Any comments will be appreciated. Thanks.
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