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Old 03-09-2016, 11:24 AM   #21
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I did the same thing as @53flattie . Bought a 2306 with the intent to tow it with a Tacoma (supposed 6400lb towing capacity) . First 2 trips in the mountains here in AZ during the summer had me doing 40mph in second gear up 7% grades with the trans getting hot (250*).

I sold the Taco and got a diesel. Way overkill for this trailer but now its hard to keep the F250 to stay at 65 up the same hill without going faster.

We love the 2306, but a half ton is really the way to go. Perhaps the hemi Durango or diesel Grand Cherokee would be decent SUV oprions.
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:03 PM   #22
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For the Gennie, I really wanted dual 2k Honda/Yamaha's, but the purchase of the trailer limited our available funds. I purchased a 2800 watt Champion inverter from Costco that has the same rating as their 3100. For some reason the Costco one is listed as a 2800 running 3100 peak, and the apparently identical generator at other places is called a 3100 even though it has the same 2800/3100 rating. It is louder than I expected but not as loud as a non-inverter type generator. It will run the A/C and Microwave, but not at the same time.

http://www.costco.com/Champion-2800w...100139466.html
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:16 PM   #23
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I have a 2016 Colorado and will try the TT soon. Is rated to 7,000 lbs towing capacity. Should be ok with the 305 HP V6 LFX engine. Heck, my car is a V8 364 HP motor.

When I bought the TT was considering the car as the main tow vehicle. So I know the Colorado will do just fine.
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:21 PM   #24
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Ultimately, I think it depends how far from home you are planning on going as well. If they're shorter trips, you can make it work. You might not enjoy the ride, but you can make it work. If longer trips are what you're planning....you will be highly disappointed.

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We used i6 GMC envoy for one season (5,000 towing capacity) then upgraded to the v8 GMC envoy Denali (6,100 towing) and last year upgraded to an f150.

I would say both envoys did fine on the flats but the mountains were killer. I did use the Denali on a trip to Niagara Falls and it did ok but we wanted to go on longer trips, wanted more towing capacity and the truck bed for bikes.

Like Justbrad said, short trips you will be ok.


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Old 03-09-2016, 02:36 PM   #25
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I have a Micro Lite 23FB. Bought it to pull behind my 09 Honda Pilot. Yeah not so much. Pilot struggled in the hills of southern Ohio. Have a 2010 Ford F150 now and it pulls fine. Those numbers that auto manufacturers post are not reliable.
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Old 03-09-2016, 03:55 PM   #26
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I can't really buy another vehicle, why is the traverse going to be unhappy what do you mean by that?
I did the research and calculation it can tow 5200 lbs I was going to stay lighter at around 4300.
I went into this probably like you did. Bought the 2011 Traverse thinking "tow capacity is 5200 lbs!" Then bought the Roo 19, figuring "only 4000 lbs loaded." Wasn't smart enough to think about payload (see below). So towing the Roo 19, it would run at ~3200 rpm in 4th gear at 60 mph on flat and level. Any slight increase in incline would drop it into 3rd. (I'm in the Midwest, not a lot of hills). I wasn't thrilled with running in 4th gear all the time and worried about actually going somewhere with hills. Also, it was just me and the wife. If you have any kids, and then toss in a generator (not to mention about 50+ lbs of WDH) and you're going to find you will also be overloaded on payload.

But the real problem for me was the drag (pulling a giant sail), not the weight. You'll probably have both.
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:48 PM   #27
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Regarding what you need to purchase. Get a water regulator to assure you don't ruin pipes from a high pressure water source.

I purchased a surge protector to protect your rig from bad power sources. Most people get one.

Along with the sewer hose, we find a clear elbow very valuable. It allows you to see when the black tank starts running clear. Also get some tank treatments to eliminate bad odors and use proper toilet paper (there are lots of posts debating proper TP)

Get a water hose built for drinking water. (BPA free). Also a water filter to use before the hose. Some campgrounds have some pretty not so great water so it helps a lot.

I assume you have a 30 amp service for our trailer. You will want a step down plug for a 15amp outlet at home.

Keep the humidity down in your trailer by using dehumidifier tubs or a small dehumidifier if electric is available.

If you will be boondocking a lot (camping with no power available) you will want to upgrade your battery.

If your trailer will be sitting in the sun, I suggest tire covers to reduce UV rot on the tires. And watch the tire pressure closely to avoid blowouts. The ires are not great that come standard on trailers.

I have a fifth wheel so cannot comment on stabilizers and other towing safety needs. If I had a tow trailer I know I would have one.

I'm sure there is more, but this is pretty standard need equipment.

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I went into this probably like you did. Bought the 2011 Traverse thinking "tow capacity is 5200 lbs!" Then bought the Roo 19, figuring "only 4000 lbs loaded." Wasn't smart enough to think about payload (see below). So towing the Roo 19, it would run at ~3200 rpm in 4th gear at 60 mph on flat and level. Any slight increase in incline would drop it into 3rd. (I'm in the Midwest, not a lot of hills). I wasn't thrilled with running in 4th gear all the time and worried about actually going somewhere with hills. Also, it was just me and the wife. If you have any kids, and then toss in a generator (not to mention about 50+ lbs of WDH) and you're going to find you will also be overloaded on payload.

But the real problem for me was the drag (pulling a giant sail), not the weight. You'll probably have both.
I just picked up a small 2800# 17FQ yesterday and my experience was exactly like yours. I wanted to stay well below the towing capacity of my 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (3500#) and thought I'd be okay.

Nope. Took the highway home yesterday into a stiff headwind and was screaming at 3500 rpm in 4th to stay at 60-65. The slightest incline caused a drop to 3rd and an increase to 4500 rpm.

Needless to say, I was very disappointed. I had 33x12.5 tires on at the time and today I put the skinny stock tires back on. Tomorrow I'll run the same route with little or no headwind and see how it does.

But I'm thinking I'm going to have to find a parking spot for a new pickup.
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A possible solution:

1. Take a second car with you to carry all your gear and most passengers. That will reduce the load on your Traverse. You can even pull a small trailer behind it if you need more capacity.

2. Do close-by camping - i.e. 200 miles or less from home until you can afford to upgrade your tow vehicle.

3. Take decent secondary roads where you can go 50 or 55 mph instead of 65 or 70 on an Interstate.
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Locchamp,

After sifting through all of these opinions and advice, where do you stand? Have you made any decisions?

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