Originally Posted by jsm5394
I have a T-1661 that I love. My wife wants a larger camper with a walk-around queen bed. I like the T-2499. We are also looking at larger units up to 27' or so. I just bought a 1999 Suburban 1500. It is rated for 7300 lbs towing. My question is; how large a Sunline can I comfirtabky tow?
I use to have a 2004 T2499 and it was a great trailer. I still miss it. We now have the T310SR which is a T2499 floor plan but longer and with a slide. Also much heavier.
I'll pass along some things I learned on the T2499 floor plan. It loads tongue heavy. Meaning as you add camping gear, the loaded tongue weight rises.
The T2499 starts out with an empty trailer tongue weight of 800lb. After loading it it can rise to 1,000 or in my case 1,200lb. Here is a pic of ours. A 2003 K2500 Suburban with a 2004 T2499
Prior to the 2500 Suburban I had a 2002 Chevy Tahoe. And prior to that I had a 1997 Tahoe which was the shorter version of your 99 Suburban.
From my evolution on this rear living floor plan, I'll express a friendly camper heads up, your 99 Suburban can and most likely will have issues holding up the loaded tongue weight of a T2499. I started with the 2002 Tahoe towing this floor plan. Pulling was not a problem but holding up the loaded tongue weight was.
If you strip the inside of your Burb to nothing but your wife and you, this includes the 75# 3rd rear seat, you can just about hold up the empty camper tongue weight. As you start loading the camper, the tongue weight will rise and the truck will be beyond the gross vehicle rating and the rear axle rating.
The T2499 tows very stable because of this higher percentage tongue weight, however it comes with a price of needing a large enough truck to hold up the weight. It is the heaviest loading tongue weight camper in the 7,000 GVWR class Sunline made.
There may be folks out there towing this floor plan with a smaller truck, but I do not know if they ever weighed it to see how far over the truck ratings it is.
I know this may be sad news, but I'm being open to let you know eyes wide open before you get one and then later find you have issues. Most any of the other 7,000# class Sunlines or the 5,200# GVWR ones may work out well. Pick a floor plan with a walk around bed and come back with more info.
This post may help you. I weighed several loaded campers at our meet and greets and created this list. The T2499 is a popular model
Hope this helps and good luck
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499, 2004 T317SR
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
2005 Ford F350 Lariat, 6.8L V10 W/ 4.10 rear axle, CC, Short Bed, SRW. Reese HP trunnion bar hitch W/ HP DC
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