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Old 06-03-2016, 11:51 AM   #1
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Windjammer 3029W tow vehicle questions

Hi

New to the forum and RV'ing.
Contemplating purchasing a 3029W.

I intend to use a Chevy Silverado to haul with it.
It has a rated towing capacity of 9200 lbs.

Anyone else using a 1/2 ton to tow this trailer?

Also.. would you share your thoughts on a brake controller and anti-sway bars?
What ones you'd recommend or use.

Any suggestions and help would be much appreciated.

Thank you!
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:17 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Perhaps a bit more information would help us help you. Year and engine for the Chevy, and does it have the tow package, and what year of Windjammer is the 3029w?

The current specs for the 3029w are:
UVW -7751# with a cargo capacity of 1483#. Maxed out the trailer would be 9234# which is over the stated tow weight of your truck if fully loaded.

Remember also the important cargo weight rating for your truck. The hitch weight on the 3029w is listed as 934#...bull#$*!. My 3001w lists at 770# and the scales tell me it is just under 1100# when ready to camp.

I pulled the 3001w with a 2013 GMC 1500, 5.3, auto, with tow package, all over mountains in CO, WY, and Oregon with no issues, but we really watched out weights and all tanks were empty to travel. The 3029w is heavier hitch weight, so be aware that your capacity isn't exceeded.
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:27 PM   #3
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Thanks for you input.
I know I would be cutting it close, that's why I asked.

The Chevy is a 2016, 5.3L V8, 3.42 rear axle ratio.
Trailering equipment package.
Dry hitch weight of 1200 lbs.

The 3029 woud be a 2017.
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:37 PM   #4
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Yes, you would...but you could and I am sure others are pulling the 3029w with the same tow vehicle (TV) as you have. As I said, I pulled my trailer with a 2.3 GMC 1500 and did fine; up mountains and maintained 50 MPH, mileage sucks (of course), and setting up the electric brakes properly is essential. Do a search on "electric brake controllers" and then go get food and drink for all the threads you will find. You just have to be aware of how much weight you put into the truck after hitching up. Load capacity also has to account for other passengers, lawn chairs, spare cans of gas, bicycles, etc. that you put in the truck also.
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Thanks for you input.
I know I would be cutting it close, that's why I asked.

The Chevy is a 2016, 5.3L V8, 3.42 rear axle ratio.
Trailering equipment package.
Dry hitch weight of 1200 lbs.

The 3029 woud be a 2017.
What's the truck's payload capacity?
It's on the driver's door yellow sticker.
You may be out of payload with a dry hitch weight of 1200lbs.
It could have a real world loaded hitch weight above your truck's payload max.
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:45 PM   #6
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The tow rating is based on empty truck and a 150 lb driver. Take your 9200 and subtract the weight of passengers and anything else you plan to load in your truck. This is your real tow rating. Do the math and go from there.


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Old 06-03-2016, 12:47 PM   #7
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Yes I figure I'd have to travel bare bones with it.
I really like the layout though.
I will check out more threads and search further and see what more folks
on here might have to say.
It can be done I guess.
Thanks so much!
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The load capacity of the truck is 1745 lbs.
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The load capacity of the truck is 1745 lbs.
Well, subtract the 1200lbs dry hitch weight from that and you have only 545lbs. for passengers, cargo, WDH and whatever the actual loaded hitch weight is.

Loaded for camping, your hitch weight could easily exceed your 1745lbs. payload cpacity.

IMHO, you don't have enough to be safe.
With a dry hitch weight of 1200lbs., I think you need a 3/4 ton or an Ecoboost with the HD Payload package and Max Towing package.
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Well, subtract the 1200lbs dry hitch weight from that and you have only 545lbs. for passengers, cargo, WDH and whatever the actual loaded hitch weight is.

Loaded for camping, your hitch weight could easily exceed your 1745lbs. payload cpacity.

IMHO, you don't have enough to be safe.
With a dry hitch weight of 1200lbs., I think you need a 3/4 ton or an Ecoboost with the HD Payload package and Max Towing package.
No, that's doesn't leave a lot of room for error.

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