2008 Chevy Uplander Towing Suggestions

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  1. tjwagers

    tjwagers Member

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    Well...we're the proud owners of a new-to-us 2008 Chevy Uplander LT. (3.9L V6 engine). The van did not come with a towing package but we're (read me) wanting to use it to tow our pup. Any suggestions on hitches and such?
     
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    First things is how much does your pop up weigh? I'm pretty sure the Uplanders only have around a 2500lb tow rating.

    We have a 2003 Uplander and like it, but I wouldn't pull much of anything with it.

    Check etrailer.com for hitches, wiring, brake controllers, etc.
     
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    The pup is under the 2500lb mark. I want to say its maybe 2050lbs.
     
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    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Is that figure empty or fully loaded?
     
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    Just checked and its actually 2030 empty. I have maybe 50 pounds (high estimate) of gear that stays inside. It has dual propane tanks on the tongue and a marine battery as well....although if need be the battery can be moved. I never carry water in the storage tank except for short runs of less than 5 miles (I always try to fill up just before getting to campsite).
     
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    You'll definately want brakes so you'll need a controller.

    How much is the tongue weight? I know ours seems pretty soft in the rear. You may need a WDH or air bags if you can't use a WDH with your pup.
     
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    Add a full size spare tire to the must have check list for the tow vehicle if you don't already have one [2C]
     
  8. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    A Class II hitch will give you the capacity to tow up to 3,500 pounds of gross trailer weight with a range of 300-350 tongue weight. You'll want a 7-pin wiring system so you can have power to the PUP battery for recharging enroute and to operate a brake controller. (Proportional controllers are best.) You'll also want a transmission cooler.
     

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