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Old 06-24-2016, 01:56 PM   #1
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Question on Surveyor 251rksl towing

Have any of the 251rks owners towed the camper with a Chevrolet Tahoe, I have a 2003 Silverado that I use as the primary tow vehicle but also would consider using our 2011 Tahoe to pull it sometimes. I saw a Yukon in Walmart parking lot this morning towing a 28 foot camper, wanted to ask this person but didn't have time to wait and ask.
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:30 AM   #2
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I tow my new 251RKS with a 2004 RAM 2500, standard cab, 8 foot bed, diesel, 6 speed manual. It hardly knows that the TT is in tow.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:34 AM   #3
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I'm gonna say that at almost 8,000 Lbs, you're probably going to be over what that Tahoe can handle. However, in order to really know, you need the specs for that specific vehicle.

If you want to post those, people here can give you a better idea.
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Old 08-21-2016, 05:38 AM   #4
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Actually traded my Tahoe for an f250 w/6.7 diesel to tow my 251rks. Ended up being a good move. But will say it is a lot of truck for the trailer.
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Old 09-09-2016, 08:27 AM   #5
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I just bought a 251rks and plan on towing with my 2013 f150 with the tow package. Hopefully its enough i think it will be as we won't be towing it with water in the tanks. Looking forward to getting this thing out in the woods! We even got the new color scheme on ours on the outside. I like the grey and white and blue better than the old one.
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:31 AM   #6
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Agree

Ours came with the white retro and we love it. F150 with the tow ( had a 2004) works well as a TV. The Tahoe just struggles a bit, but my wife really misses that Tahoe ride when we are banging around in the f250
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Ours came with the white retro and we love it. F150 with the tow ( had a 2004) works well as a TV. The Tahoe just struggles a bit, but my wife really misses that Tahoe ride when we are banging around in the f250
Yea i do too, the dealer had just gotten ours in the morning we were there looking we saw it in the back and she feel in love. Good to hear on the F150 as TV there is so much stuff on the internet about towing it's overwhelming, some guys think you can't do more than a 3k trailer others thing an f150 can tow 10k lbs trailer. I figured i'd go in the middle and hope for the best!
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Old 09-09-2016, 06:29 PM   #8
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Sorta used the trailer as an excuse to move into an f250...our plan is to migrate to a fifth wheel in five so that was an idea as well...you do hear alot and the 250 is the stronger TV, but manage the load and the 150 should get you through most...
Was curious as I am always looking for dealers that are good customer service to use when we travel and something...
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Sorta used the trailer as an excuse to move into an f250...our plan is to migrate to a fifth wheel in five so that was an idea as well...you do hear alot and the 250 is the stronger TV, but manage the load and the 150 should get you through most...
Was curious as I am always looking for dealers that are good customer service to use when we travel and something...
ThreeWay Campers in Marietta GA. Really like the place, great customer service, they were all over it when we bought, gave me a killer price, I decided to store it there too at a very fair price. They actually pro-actively found a couple items wrong with the camper before we even took delivery of it and had already called it in for us and claimed it under the warranty. Great group of guys.
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Old 09-12-2016, 12:09 AM   #10
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You will find that the fresh water tank is up front and if filled, it will put the weight on the hitch. Further, this will impact the front scissor jacks that are a bit low when RVing in the woods. I have hit my front jack twice (I have made two off paved road trips) and will remove mine when travelling in the woods. I'll carry two portable jacks.
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Last fall I had a 2013 Chevy Avalanche, it's towing capacity was 8500lbs. I towed my 2017 251rks a several times last season around upstate NY. The Avalanche has a similar suspension as the Tahoe. I didn't feel comfortable towing the 251rks it was simply too big for the Avalanche especially in heavy winds. I think you will find the same thing.

After Christmas I upgraded to a 2016 Chevy 2500HD. It might be over kill but I am sure my comfort level for towing this trailer will be a lot better. Be careful how you load your trailer. I was looking for something that towed 10,000lb or more.
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Re: Using a 2013 F150 with tow pkg: You're probably going to be at about 75 - 80% of capacity..Should be no problem, except for gasoline usage.
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I did a trial run, too scary for me to tow with the Tahoe, Got a 2014 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4. tow's really good, better than my 2003 Silverado.
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I know how you were feeling. I was feeling the same. Good luck with new TV. I am loving my 2500HD.
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Very good!. You know, of course, that you will need to focus 100% on turn clearance distance with the crew cab. The DW can help. You can also put the spare tire in the truck bed. I sure love my Ram 2500 diesel (regular cab, 8 foot bed)

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Hey Dusty,
I have not yet needed to add back the WDS bars for towing.
And one trip included a 4x4 road. I did wreck one of the feet. I bought a spare set of feet and thought I would take off the front feet for off road use and use the spares.
I also added a 110 external plug to run a electric oil filled heater.
I also cut into the panel next to the water pump to let warm air to it, in the winter.

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The F150 should be fine but pay attention to Payload capacity in addition to Towing capacity. With tongue weight and any passengers you'll be close and have to put most gear in the trailer.
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I went up to Silverado 2500 because I was concerned about how close it was. 1500 wouldn't but properly fitted F150 could.
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Wow, that looks like my future setup. Have the same truck, just deciding on the TT to purchase. Looking at Surveyor 266RLDS. How does that one tow for you?
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Bought 2500 just before new years. Headed out for first weekend next week hopefully. 1st weekend campground is open Lake George NY.
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