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Old 06-13-2013, 09:16 AM   #41
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AS stated before, there is a huge difference between what a truck can pull and what it can carry.

Tow rating is mostly based on engine, trans, an rear end ratio. This is what a given line of trucks can pull. Check the tow ratings on a 2500 and 3500 and you will see what I mean.

GVWR (what the truck can carry) is based on what the truck can haul on its back. It is based on the LOWEST rated component that that truck is made from and is typically the frame of the vehicle. If you check the GVWRs of the 2500 vs the 3500 you will see what I mean.

Payload is what is left over when you subtract the weight of the vehicle as it leaves the factory (equipped as ordered) from the GVWR. They are all different and you need to look at the door sticker to find out what yours is.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:20 AM   #42
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I'm surprised it is such a drive to go get weighed. Usually truck stops have scales, but even a lot of more rural places have scales (for instance, of county's garbage dump has them and I've ran across them with just my truck before). Is there a quarry or landscape supply place near you?
Possibly a quarry I can check with. I'll ask around .I appreciate all the help! Everyone has been so nice about answering questions. I really appreciate the patience with me!
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:22 AM   #43
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i own an '07 Avalanche, built on the same platform as the Tahoe.
i think you have the wrong towing capacity unless you have the 4.10 rear end ratio.
my Avy has a higher towing capacity than the Tahoe does, equipped with the 5.3 engine and the 3.73 rear end ratio.

as was said, that yellow sticker is the weight of the trailer when it left the factory. this is usually the weight of the normal "options" that all trailers have, added to the bogus "dry" weight number.
so, that yellow sticker does NOT include the weight of water, battery or any cargo. s
therefore, that trailer is at or over your Tahoe's towing capacity, with only a driver in the Tahoe and no battery, water or cargo in the trailer.

you need to look at a different trailer or a different tow vehicle.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:44 AM   #44
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i own an '07 Avalanche, built on the same platform as the Tahoe.
i think you have the wrong towing capacity unless you have the 4.10 rear end ratio.
my Avy has a higher towing capacity than the Tahoe does, equipped with the 5.3 engine and the 3.73 rear end ratio.

as was said, that yellow sticker is the weight of the trailer when it left the factory. this is usually the weight of the normal "options" that all trailers have, added to the bogus "dry" weight number.
so, that yellow sticker does NOT include the weight of water, battery or any cargo. s
therefore, that trailer is at or over your Tahoe's towing capacity, with only a driver in the Tahoe and no battery, water or cargo in the trailer.

you need to look at a different trailer or a different tow vehicle.
Yes it has the 4.10 rear. The towing capacity I stated was on the door but we decided to go with the smaller 26 dbh model.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:04 PM   #45
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So we're looking at the shadow cruiser 280 qsb uvw 5040. Does this sound better? Gonna take and weigh the truck soon but thought we'd start looking at lighter weight campers while we wait.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:14 PM   #46
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If this is it:
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much, much better! Glad you have chosen to view more trailers!
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:16 PM   #47
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So we're looking at the shadow cruiser 280 qsb uvw 5040. Does this sound better? Gonna take and weigh the truck soon but thought we'd start looking at lighter weight campers while we wait.
We looked hard at the Shadow cruiser. Overall we liked it very much, though there were a few things that we did not care for. However, we found some amazing prices online for them. Much cheaper than local. Shop around.

As for weight, you are moving in the right direction!
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Yes! That's it! Think it will be perfect fit! I appreciate all the advice!
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Yes! That's it! Think it will be perfect fit! I appreciate all the advice!
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Yes! That's it! Think it will be perfect fit! I appreciate all the advice!
but it's not a Forest River product!!!

but i think you can still hang around here if you like.
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