Originally Posted by Hills Family
-4673 dry weight of trailer
-547 hitch weight
- 900 (maximum people load - 6 at 150 lbs each or 7 including two little ones)
Is this a reasonable amount to allow for clothing, food, etc. in the camper?
Am I missing something? I hope not, because I already bought the truck and the trailer! Maybe my husband will have to ride a motorcycle behind us
First off, there are dealerships that will let you tow before
The listed weight of the trailer could be a little misguided. From the forest river website ( and personal experience weighing my own trailer ) if the trailer you bought has the interior and exterior packages you will need to add roughly 500 lbs. to the listed weight. That number is the total weight of the trailer including
tongue weight. My trailer weighed in at 5100 lbs ready to roll ( 235 rks - propane, battery, dishes, kids stuff, bbq, bedding, chairs etc. minus
food or clothing) The trailer itself is great for towing with the independent torsion suspension and low ride height. It has somewhat of a sloped front end which makes a big difference with regards to wind resistance. Being lower to the ground also means there is less trailer above your tow vehicle and will also help with lower wind drag.
For example if you tried towing a KZ spree with your rig you would likely be very unhappy, it sits 12 - 15 inches higher and has a really flat front. There is much more to trailers than just the weight. Airstreams are not light at all but are highly regarded for there towing manners due to the aerodynamic shape (somewhat).
What year is your yukon XL? If it is an '07 or newer you will get the benefit of the six speed transmission. Does your new yukon have light truck or low profile tires? I would not skimp on proper
setup, it will be important ( weight distribution, sway control, tires and possible hitch reinforcing ). A lot of dealerships can put this stuff on, some seem to care ( or understand ) a whole lot more than others how it all works, beware.
You are not going to break any speed records ( just remember your trailer tires are only rated for 65 mph anyway ) and I'm sure your yukon will work harder than you may like at times but if it is set up properly you should not have any serious problems.
Stability and performance are two different things. Stability is something you don't want to compromise. People with big vehicles have a false sense of security at times, just look at some truck setups going up and down the 401. Rear bumper almost dragging, head lights shining in the trees, don't be one of these people, please.
Have a great time camping, every trip out you will learn something new. Hopefully the lessons are too expensive! (cutting corners, backing into things etc!)
On a side note, if your trailer is brand new you should be able to find a forest river warranty extension for about $150 for an extra year. This needs to be bought in the first 10 days of ownership. I think it is a good deal for the price.