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    Default Denali or Sequoia for towing circa 1980 26' day cruiser

    Hey guys,
    I'm looking at buying a 1980 26' day cruiser. They are heavy boats, somewhere between 6500-7000lbs depending on load. I need to buy a tow vehicle and I'm looking for input. First off, this will be the wife's primary vehicle. She will not drive something as large as a suburban or a crew cab truck. (we currently have a 2002 Yukon and it's about done). So my options are a newer Denali 6.2 or Sequoia 5.7. If there are others, please let me know.

    I like that the Sequoia is 4x4 for getting up those slippery launch ramps. The Denali is AWD, that's not the same as 4x4, correct?

    I like the Denali's towing cap is 8500 compared to the Sequoia at 7400. My biggest concern pulling a heavy boat is getting over Cajon and Grapevine mid summer in triple digits while running A/C. It looks like I'm right up against the max cap on the Sequoya.

    Not sure about add-on's for either of these. Would I benefit from a chip, or larger brakes, trans cooler, etc. Would they make a difference and do they offer them for both.

    Thanks in advance for your input.

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    87 views and no replies. C'mon guys!

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    I have a 09 Tahoe for my tow vehicle. It does great for my 3500lb boat. The Denali will tow the cruiser but will hate the Grapevine. Up and down. That truck is already heavy for stock brakes. Even if the trailer has electric brakes you can't count on them. They have Duramax trucks on the same chasis as the Denali. (4 door short bed). The difference between the 1/2 ton and 1 ton package is huge.

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    I have a 2011 Sierra Denali P/U, i'm guessing the most i have hitched so far was around 3500 LBS. I believe the tow rating is as high as 8-9000 but for me the tell was 1500 payload, thats not very much. As far as traction the AWD with traction control works great. I would not be comfortable having that much weight behind it and hoping the trailer brakes did not fail.

    Several factors to consider,ie: where you launch, how far from home etc.

    For me its always been the thought process that something bad will eventually happen, will the truck handle it or are we going for a ride and hoping for the best.

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    Gosh, not the responses I was hoping for. I really thought the Denali would do the job. Problem here is this will be wife's new car. No way she wants to drive a truck. Is there a 3/4 ton Denali XL with the 6.2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCUMV View Post
    Gosh, not the responses I was hoping for. I really thought the Denali would do the job. Problem here is this will be wife's new car. No way she wants to drive a truck. Is there a 3/4 ton Denali XL with the 6.2?
    I almost want to retract what i said, it is an awesome truck and when i have the cruise set at 70 with a trailer its relaxing. You're wife would love it and it serves double duty, just drive defensive with that much weight.

    Buy the truck, nothing nicer to drive.

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