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Old 03-13-2014, 05:07 PM   #1
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Fixing to pull the plug! Need to pick your brains.

Hi everyone, Well after much obsessing :-\. We think we found the TT we want. But wanted to run it by you guy first.

OK, what ya think?
2008 Chevy Tahoe v.8 5.3 4pd transmission flex fuel LT 2wd with the 3:42 gears, Tows 7200 lb. Tongue weight 600lbs. (This particular Tahoe is not in the camping Towing guide) But I researched and found it on KBB . IF anyone else knows of a Chevrolet towing guide that has this let me know because its not even in my owners manual. It says if it is the flex fuel to find the tow ratings else where. Very odd I know.
GVWR: 7100
GAWR: Frt. 3200
GAWR: RR4100
Payload Capacity: 1569 lbs.
Weight of Tahoe itself: 5500
We will be getting 10,000 Equ lizer and also a tranny cooler and engine oil cooler and prodigy brakes and some air bags for rear suspension(not clear on how that works with the auto leveling?)

OK,, so for the TT
Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S
Dry Hitch Weight 468 lbs.
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 3,865 lbs.
GVWR 4868 LBs
Cargo Carrying Capacity 943 lbs. (428 kg)
Exterior Length 21' 8" (6.6 m)
Exterior Height 9' 5" (2.9 m)
Exterior Width 96" (2.4 m)

OK ,, so how are we looking guys and gals? I know I'm close on the tongue weight but will the equailizer help that?

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Old 03-13-2014, 05:22 PM   #2
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Weights and ratings look good.....just curious why you are going with the 10,000 EQ?

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Old 03-13-2014, 05:27 PM   #3
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I thought that was the equalizer I should get? No? See I told ya I needed help.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:02 PM   #4
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If you're sure it's good to 7200#, I don't see a problem. We have the 2306 which is pretty similar to your unit. I tow with a Nissan Armada with a 6500# tow capacity... And have the 10,000# Equalizer... Tows it no problem. I have to remind myself sometimes that it's back there. I am considering airbags this summer... While they're not really needed... Just looking to make things as safe as possible.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:09 PM   #5
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10000 means 10000 ponds max trailer weight.
So maybe a waste of money for you.
A WDH of 600-800 pounds should do the trick for you.
Dry hitch weight means nothing(no propane,no battery, no camping gear,absolutely nothing )...look at your numbers fully loaded.
Usually around 11-13% of loaded trailer is on the hitch.
Hope this helps !
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:24 PM   #6
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I agree with Black, the 600-800 setup will be a better match and will ride much better. You can go with the bigger setup, but it won't flex properly over bumps and changes in elevation, such as pulling into a parking lot. Should be cheaper too.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:24 PM   #7
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I have the Super Lite which is 24ft by Flagstaff in a 2009 version. It is 4400lb sticker weight and 5100lb loaded. (for 2 of us, with battery, propane, Husky WDH-1000lb bars, no water)
My TV is the Suburban so its similar to the Tahoe. The shorter wheelbase on the Tahoe will not be nice in crosswinds etc.
After towing 4000km last summer, the wind loading on the TT side and front was a bear. The 5.3 V8 struggled on some big hills too, but you get used to 3500+ RPM and 6 mpg.

You will likely be ok, but the SUVs are not real tow vehicles as I am learning. With 3 kids and a dog I need the room now. Even with a small trailer like mine, a 2500 Silverado is on my Christmas list.


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