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Old 04-18-2012, 06:36 PM
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I agree this is just about the biggest boat I would tow with a Yukon (it's not a XL), Concept list the 30 at 4300 dry so add 1100 for motors, 1800 trlr, 800-1000 fuel/gear I'm at around 8000 lbs.

So if I went cheap and did manual air bags, I inflate them before I tow and then deflate when I get home? I have only seen the automatic kits.
20 years ago I had a pair of Firestone airbags under a lowered Chevy. The fill was an air valve (like on your tires) that was installed in the gas door. Hit it will an air compressor and the truck rose, stick a key or something in the valve, truck lowers. Pretty simple and easy.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:40 PM
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yes, I the hitch is 5K and 600 lbs tongue weight w/o WD and 10K and 1000lb with WD, the truck is rated for 8500 so I am over on the hitch. I was told by my trailer supply store that WD hitches are primarily used for campers with a lot of tongue weight. The truck only drops approx 2" with the trailer so I definitely do not have a lot of tongue weight, I dont know how I can add more tongue weight either.

What do you mean solid receiver?

Does it sound like a WD hitch is a better route? I suppose I could do both to be safe
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:44 PM
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the wd hitch will help with swaying also so I would defiately look into one and what year is your yukon 2000 and up have coilspring rear suspension so most of the airbags won't work
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:49 PM
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I towed my 28zx Donzi 800 miles with a Tahow with 150K on the odomiter. The only thing i did to the vehicle was add air bags and a B&M trans cooler. Lots of hills going from NY to WPA, into eastern OH, but NO problems. Weight with the trailer is ~8400 lbs. its an LT package.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:31 AM
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it's a 2010, I'll check into a WD hitch

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Old 04-19-2012, 04:14 PM
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What makes it a weight distribution hitch is the special receiver, the sway bar arms that attach to the receiver and go to your trailer, and of course the piece that attaches to your trailer where the sway bars hook up.
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Air bags bounce worse than springs!! You absolutely need better shocks if you run bags. Shocks will also help with the short wheel base of a Yukon (non-xl) which is like the Tahoe. Factory shocks are only good enough for riding and warranty claims control! They are never enough for towing or work.

I use the. RANCHO 9000 series so I can adjust the ride. They stopped my bags from bouncing.

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the wd hitch will help with swaying also so I would defiately look into one and what year is your yukon 2000 and up have coilspring rear suspension so most of the airbags won't work
The bags go right inside the coils, had them on my Tahoe
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air bags and good shocks, bilstein or rancho 9000
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