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Old 10-20-2012, 06:20 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Superdutykid View Post
My buddy pulls a 2012 365saq with a 8.1 Chevy 2500HD crew cab 4x4 with 4.10 gears. Spring break of this year we ran together from Va to pigeon forge, tn close to 500 miles on way. His truck did fine. Just had to stop a lot for him to get gas due to small tank on the truck. He gets @ 7.5 mpg pulling. Ours is a 2011 355QBQ, both weigh in about the same. I pull with a 08 F-450, 4x4, 6 speed manual with 4.88 gears. Mine pulls like nothing is behind it, the torque of a diesel is much more than the gas. I get @ 11.5 mpg pulling with my truck. As with any truck, anything over 70 will kill your mpg. I try to run @ 68 with mine being geared so low. Crossing the Smokeys (Black mountain) slowed him down some, but he had never towed in the mountains before. On the return trip home I put him in front and followed. We shaved an hour off the trip home since he had gotten more use to pulling in the rolling hills. Either way, gas or diesel they should pull it fine. A lot of gas can br bought for the extra 6-7k mark up of a diesel. Just don't get in a hurry. Any accident would ruin a family trip!

Thanks for your reply. To hear about your experience with the same trailer we will be buying is invaluable. According to the Trailerlife towing guides, this trailer would be within the truck's capacity. We also spoke with someone at GM who confirmed this. We know that our mileage will pretty much suck but we're used to it as our Tundra gets less than 10mpg towing our 6,200lb travel trailer and we stop quite often to fill up. We went to Gatlinburg a couple of weeks ago, our first time really towing through the mountains and it was between 8 & 9mpg but the Toy handled the mountains like a champ.

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Old 10-20-2012, 05:17 PM   #12
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Thanks for all your help guys! We are picking up a 3500HD 8.1 Dually on Monday! Low miles and got a great deal on it. AND we inspected our 365saq today...40 feet of pure awesomeness!! We take delivery on Saturday and just can't wait.

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Congratulations!!!! The truck should do fine. Enjoy your 365!!!!
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:20 PM   #14
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:35 PM   #15
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Good to see your thoughts. We too bought our 365 in June and have just returned from a month on the road and 6000 miles behind us. Being 8 ft longer than our last 5er our GMC with Alisson and Duramax barely knew it was back there even in the Rockies. Like you a few minor issues. 1) was with the hardware on the front closet doors which needs to be beefed up. I have made some modifications and am waiting for the parts from the dealer to make other repairs. 2) both the bathroom and entry door to the back bunk room unlatched durring our trip which took off molding on slide outs when opening the same. Barrell bolts into the jams took care of both doors. 3) both sets of drawers in the bunk room also came out far enough to catch moldings even though they were strapped. Easy fix with tv hold downs. One per drawer, screwed not just double face tape took care of this issue. We added slide toppers and a low profile front ac when we bought the unit. We also added an awning on the kitchen slide out. Having had units with and without I would never have another without. All in all it is a very nice trailer with a few minor issues.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:02 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by holmesteam4 View Post
  • The Slam latch doors do slam and lock, but you can still pull them open. It was the same on the outside kitchen, but those have an adjustment so they are good to go.
Hi holmesteam4, We're experiencing the same slam latch issue with our 2013 Surveyor Select. With minimal pressure on a locked slam latch handle the door would open. The pressure was so minimal that I was concerned about the door opening while traveling. A quick test from inside the locked hatch and firm pressure without touching the door handle and the latch stayed securely closed. As it turns out pulling the latch handle on a locked slam latch still moves the latch pin a minuet amount just enough for the latch to release.

Did I read your description correctly and you were able to make an adjustment for the slam latch or were you just referring to the outside kitchen door? As you can maybe tell I'm looking for options.


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Old 11-10-2012, 05:39 PM   #17
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We have loved ours for two seasons, and while it is the best of both worlds, it was a compromise to the big back living room we dream about. The couch they put in there, well, it sucks. So the best upgrade we have done has been to replace it with a twin recliner loveseat. Its a wall hugger type so it takes no more room than the original furniture, but makes lounging after kiddy bedtime a totally different experience. I really HIGHLY suggest that anyone in the same frame of mind does the same.. it really changes the enjoyment factor for the better.

I haven't seen any of them, but the Sierra rep told us they were changing the layout to include the lazyboy loveset as well as a few other things... any truth to that?

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