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Old 02-09-2018, 05:56 PM
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Tow Rig Opinion For X-23, 6.2L or Diesel

I have a 2015 Yukon XL Denali with the 6.2L, banks power air filter and a Borla exhaust. I may get 10 or so more horsepower than stock, but my towing capacity is pretty much maxed out with the X-23. I will be towing a bunch this summer. Mostly an hour each way with a couple long road trips later in the summer.

Do I stick with the Yukon, switch to the Expedition (has a few hundred more lbs of capacity) or go to one of the larger diesel pick up trucks with an extended cab? I believe those will give me up to 12,000 lbs of capacity. Either the Ford-250 diesel or the GMC diesel.
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:09 PM
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I would go with a diesel. You will definitely wonder why you didn’t buy it sooner. The 6.7 powerstroke and the new L5P are great engine choices. Pick your poison.
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:51 PM
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How much does an X23 with gas, gear and trailer weigh?
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:08 PM
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How much does an X23 with gas, gear and trailer weigh?
Probably over 8k
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:19 PM
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I know someone who pulls their x23 all summer with the same set up even drives it to Utah and back from Montana once a year to spend time in lake Powell.

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Old 02-09-2018, 07:24 PM
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I know someone who pulls their x23 all summer with the same set up even drives it to Utah and back from Montana once a year to spend time in lake Powell.

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All with no problems? Any issues known? Iím mostly a flat lander here in the Midwest so no mountains for me. Just some long Hills on the highway and what not.
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:32 PM
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All with no problems? Any issues known? I’m mostly a flat lander here in the Midwest so no mountains for me. Just some long Hills on the highway and what not.
No problems at all. My dealer pulls all the x23 with the same set up. I pulled an x23 over some hills in my Chevy suburban with no issues as well

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Old 02-09-2018, 09:00 PM
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My previous trucks were diesel 250s and now have a suburban -- though the 5.3, not 6.2. If you're considering a new/different vehicle, the 250/2500 series trucks are just far superior in towing. It's hard to describe the difference but when a jeep pulls in front of you and stops in your lane when you're doing 60 downhill with a boat, you'll appreciate the stopping power and control of the larger vehicle. That happened to me, but at the time I was towing an old 190 with no brakes. My 08 trailer with a surge brake makes a big difference in stopping assistance. But on the back roads or the highway, the bigger trucks are just way better. The newer 150/1500s may also be good but I can't speak to those. It's hard to compare if you haven't tried a 250/2500 series vehicle for towing an 8k trailer. Maybe a dealer would let you try one out... Good luck! Great problem to have =)
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:39 PM
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I tow my X23 with my 1500 and the 6.2L with zero trouble. My truck is lifted with 35" tires and it still ties the X23 very good. Louisiana is a pretty flat place, I set the cruise on 70 and forget the boat is back there.

There is no doubt that a diesel will tow these heavy boats better. If you want to switch, you will feel a difference. I have towed my X23 with my parents Denali and it towed it just as well as my truck. I would imagine with you having the Denali XL that it would tow very similar to the 1500s.




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Old 02-10-2018, 01:03 AM
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I just upgraded my 2004 Silverado 1500 for a Ram 2500 Cummins. I can't begin to explain the huge difference between the two. Not just night and day, the improvement is mindblowing. I tow an 03 VRS-230, and the Cummins doesn't even know it's back there. The 1500, on the drive to the lake, wouldn't hold 4th gear even on minor grades, and on the downhills, often felt like the boat was pushing it around.
The 2500 is a whole different animal. No problems controlling the boat, never once felt pushed around. And the power- coming home, the freeway on-ramp is about 1/8 mile long, fairly steep incline. With the 1500, starting from 20 mph getting on the ramp, I was lucking to hit 50-55. Same rolling start with the Cummins, I was doing 75 at the top of the ramp and still accelerating.
Folks with diesels may be used to the power and all, but I'm just completely blown away. So, +1 vote for diesel.


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