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Old 05-17-2016, 01:04 PM   #1
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Can you help us pick a new (to us) TV?

Newbie here!! We recently purchased a 2016 Solaire 147x (hybrid). We've been out twice and have loved every minute! Currently, we are towing with a 2013 Dodge Caravan but have not taken it more than 20 miles from home. We know we likely need to upgrade our TV. We plan to buy used and would like to go the SUV route.

Dry weight of camper: 3119 lbs.
GVWR: 3815 lbs.

Sticker says cargo weight of rv should not exceed 662 lbs.

Do those of you with lots of experience have any suggestions? TVs to avoid? Do I need to provide more info?

Many thanks


Matt & Amanda

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Old 05-17-2016, 01:46 PM   #2
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Plan on towing the full 3815lbs - which means a 3500lb tow limit isn't going to cut it. Given Chrysler minivan's propensity for transmission issues, I wouldn't want to tow very often with your minivan. Especially without a transmission cooler.

You will probably also have 500lbs tongue weight. Cargo capacity or payload of the tow vehicle will probably be more critical than tow weight, as the tongue weight eats up a good portion of your payload.

Towing a full height RV with a non-turbo V6 runs into windage issues. I have only towed pop-ups with V6 minivans and SUVs. Even the 35 sq ft frontal area of the pop-up can suck your power and your gas, especially in the winds of the Midwest.

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Old 05-17-2016, 02:11 PM   #3
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Buy bigger and more powerful TV than you need... you may find after a few years you want a larger RV.

We got a truck to pull our Gray Wolf 19RR... then my hubby wanted a bigger RV a few years we have to buy a bigger TV...just say'n.

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Old 05-17-2016, 02:31 PM   #4
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Welcome and congratulations on your 147x!
We tow our 147x with a 2011 Chevy Traverse (with factory tow package). An Eaz lift 1000/10000 WDH and Prodigy P2 brake controller is also part of our set up.
We have been to Moab, Devils Tower, Mt. Rushmore, all over Colorado and love the set up for our family of 4.
Happy camping!
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:48 PM   #5
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DW's folks just bought a new Ford Explorer with the 3.5L EcoBoost. It's rated to two 5000 lbs.
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:01 PM   #6
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Honda Pilot and Grand Cherokee come to mind as less than full size SUVs with good tow ratings.
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:25 PM   #8
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If you want passenger and cargo capacity at a fair price, look at some used Ford E350 vans, preferably with the V10 or big block V8. Well proven vehicles.
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:51 PM   #9
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How many peoples/cargo you looking at taking along?

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