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Old 01-13-2011, 06:32 AM   #1
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What do you tow with?

I have been reading various post about this section, but wanted to get an idea of what everyone uses as a tow vehicle compared with the camper. I just purchased a Gray Wolf 28BH, and I have a Chevy Avalanche which can tow 7,300 pounds. The dry weight on the Gray Wolf is 5,296.

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Old 01-13-2011, 06:44 AM   #2
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Most members put their RV information in their signature block. This is highly encouraged so that we might be more helpful. The answer given by a MH guy might be totally unhelpful to someone in a 5th wheel.

If you are asking for an opinion on your combination, you should search this topic. I am sure you can spend many restful hours reading posts on why you made a great choice or a poor one.

They are both here in spades!

A place to start is : Travel Trailer Weight Calculator


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Old 01-13-2011, 06:56 AM   #3
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A Common Rail Cummins wrapped in a Ram. Towing about 6k#.

But as Lou said, there's every combination and every reason why they're good and why they're bad.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:16 AM   #4
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:32 AM   #5
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Dawg, I see you are a new member, so I guess I will cut you some slack.
Dry weights are totally meaningless when it comes to towing. That 5200#Grey Wolf can climb to 7000 pounds in a real hurry. Besides the "dry" weight is a guestimate based on some genius engineers wet dream. Load it up and go to the scales. That is the only weight that is important.
BTW Dodge Cummins dually pulling a 13,350 fiver.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:15 AM   #6
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Thanks gang, it seems like there are a ton of opinions on what is right. I guess it comes down to weighing it on some scales and seeing where you are at.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:52 AM   #7
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My 5.3 L Chevy van with 3.73's tows @12K (GCWR) pretty good . Not sure I would want to go much heaver then that. I think we have about the same powertrain. I think that trailer will be around the max loaded.
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:35 PM   #8
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Chevy crew cab 2500HD gas towing about 7800# to 8000#
FYI the weight sticker from the factory on my trailer was 7180#.

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Old 01-13-2011, 03:22 PM   #9
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Best guess is the Crusader weights between 10-12k fully loaded. I tow with a 05 4x4 Quadcab short bed 2500 Dodge Ram with a Cummins.

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BigDawg, i own an '07 Avalanche with the 5.3 and a 3.73 rear end.
my tow max is 7200lbs., which is only carrying a 150lb. driver. anything else, in the Avy, reduces that tow max number.

your 28BH has a GVWR of 7681lbs., meaning that's the most it can weigh.
Forest Rivers shows the fictional "dry" weight as 5339lbs.
you can add 400-500lbs. to get a ballpark weight from the factory. this is for the weight of normal options, that aren't included in the dry weight number.
which means before water, propane, battery and cargo, your 28BH will weigh around 5800lbs.

the 28BH's GVWR is nearly 400lbs. over your tow max with only a 150lb. driver.

i tow a 23' Hybrid that weighs a little over 5000lbs. loaded for camping.
since i live out west, i have lots of mountains to get over so i wouldn't tow anything heavier than what i have.

IMHO, with that GVWR and 31' long, i think you'll be looking for a 3/4 ton TV soon.

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