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Old 06-28-2015, 07:09 PM   #11
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I should also mention that our van is ten years old and in great condition but we are planning on getting a new towing vehicle in a year or two but since our van is in good working order and we just used the money to pay for the trailer we want to wait a year or two and save.
Welcome to the Forums from Huntsville, AL and congratulations on joining the RV Lifestyle - I am sure you will become completely addicted to it!

It *sounds* like you will be OK with your current TV & rig.

Looking ahead though think about where you will be regarding RVs and buy your new TV accordingly. Too many folks we know (ourselves included!!) Have played the upgrade game nd realized the last TV be bought should have been that 1 ton Dually
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:15 PM   #12
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You MIGHT be ok on paper, but you most likely won't feel good driving. And never trust an rv salesman when they tell you your vehicle is adequate. The will do or say whatever it takes to make a sale.


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Old 06-28-2015, 07:18 PM   #13
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Keep it slow and close to home until you can swing a better equipped tv...
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:20 PM   #14
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It might be in your Chevy's manual.
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I should have tried to look up a manual first. I didn't find anything regarding the frontal surface area, but I DID find one figure I was trying to locate and couldn't. I just thought, "well.. maybe they didn't include those figures back then".

But there it is.. GCWR is 8500lbs. Dang it all.

So 8500 - 4470 (curb weight) - 2530 (dry trailer) - 550 (passengers) - 100 (hitch) - 100 (battery/ies)....

That's 750lbs MAX cargo available before you bust the ratings even though your van OR your trailer still have cargo capacity ratings higher than that.

Having the wife and kids ride in a separate vehicle with additional cargo is looking much more attractive.
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:27 PM   #15
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You MIGHT be ok on paper, but you most likely won't feel good driving. And never trust an rv salesman when they tell you your vehicle is adequate. The will do or say whatever it takes to make a sale.
X2. Of course it kind of falls into the buyers responsibility. They sell RV's, not TV's and can't reasonably be expected to know the specs on every potential TV that pulls through their lot. But they sure act like they do don't they....
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Can you remove one row of seats from the uplander? That would save some weight.


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Old 06-28-2015, 08:29 PM   #17
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Wow you all really know your stuff! The advice I have received here so good.

Thank you for running the numbers for me as well. I feel so new compared to you all. haha!

I definitely could take out the back row of the van because no one sits in it. I bet that would save some weight like someone suggested. Great idea.

We will definitely be upgrading our TV in a year possibly two if this summer goes okay. It would just be nice to have some money for a new one and not have to finance it.

I am from Ontario and really our season for camping is short maybe 3.5 months at most. We have a few trips booked that are all within two hours from our house but we do have one in August that is 775 km away. We will have some shorter trips first to see how it handles and if it is bad then we won't be able to take it up north I guess. I hope it does handle well because we were all really looking forward to trying it out at our friend's cottage that week.

I think we will try it this summer since the numbers do "work on paper" but we won't carry food. We can get firewood at the camp and water so all we will bring is:

4 backpacks for clothes and personal items
5 lbs of dog food
4 camping chairs
Small container of cooking stuff (dishes, pots)
4 sleeping bags and 4 pillows

That should leave some weight room for the hoses and whatever else is needed with the actual trailer. I hope!
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:14 PM   #18
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That should leave some weight room for the hoses and whatever else is needed with the actual trailer.
I would recommend taking it out by yourself with no loads whatsoever. Just you (or you and the Mrs.), your TV and trailer dry. Just plan a half day trip an hour or so up the freeway a ways, grab some lunch, then head back home to get a feel for it. It would give you a better idea of what you're in for before you find yourself pulling out for a family get-a-way with paid reservations.

That creates a lot of pressure to make a tow that you might not be feeling all that great about.

Did we mention... keep it sloooooowwww? Plan for extra drive time.
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Wow you all really know your stuff! The advice I have received here so good.

Thank you for running the numbers for me as well. I feel so new compared to you all. haha!

We were all new once. Many of us started out trying to make a sub-optimal tow vehicle/trailer combo work. Experience teaches a lot. That said, indigestion needs to be asked, will you be towing in the mountains at all?
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We were all new once. Many of us started out trying to make a sub-optimal tow vehicle/trailer combo work. Experience teaches a lot. That said, indigestion needs to be asked, will you be towing in the mountains at all?
Good idea about taking it out for a test drive day. I will definitely do that before taking the kids with us.

No mountains, southern Ontario is pretty flat but there is some hills but not mountains in our trip up north.
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