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Old 04-02-2011, 05:30 PM   #11
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:54 PM   #13
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We have a 2005 SL. Did you pull your GS with a Seq? We are looking at light weight TT's since we don't want to buy another TV.
No, the Sequoia wasn't around for most of the time with that TT. The primary TV then was a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Have you narrowed down the list of Surveyors you are looking at?

Your Sequoia should have the 4.7L V8. If you are interested in some feedback, give us some specs for your truck, such as towing cap, GVWR and GCWR and maybe we can help.
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Old 04-02-2011, 07:16 PM   #14
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knowing you bought a TM, you probably paid close to MSRP, since they aren't cheap.
all RV depreciate once you drive it off the lot.
most of FR's products are well priced in the market, as opposed to other brands, like TM. so FR owners take less of a bath once they drive theirs off the lot.

plus, don't believe what the salesperson said. do your own research by using NADA as a place to start. then use Ebay, Craig's and RVTraderonline for pricing also.
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No, the Sequoia wasn't around for most of the time with that TT. The primary TV then was a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Have you narrowed down the list of Surveyors you are looking at?

Your Sequoia should have the 4.7L V8. If you are interested in some feedback, give us some specs for your truck, such as towing cap, GVWR and GCWR and maybe we can help.
Yes, we have the 4.7L V8 with towing capacity of 6500lbs. I read that you should tow a max of 80%, which makes our max 5200lbs.

We are looking at the Surveyor 280. Nice size, and dry wt is 4200.

Prices sure do vary, though! Dothan, AL has a 2011 for 30k MSRP, and Montgomery has same for 25k MSRP. Since we're new to the Forest River series, not sure what gives with that...
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knowing you bought a TM, you probably paid close to MSRP, since they aren't cheap.
all RV depreciate once you drive it off the lot.
most of FR's products are well priced in the market, as opposed to other brands, like TM. so FR owners take less of a bath once they drive theirs off the lot.

plus, don't believe what the salesperson said. do your own research by using NADA as a place to start. then use Ebay, Craig's and RVTraderonline for pricing also.
Yes, you are right on with that! TM's are pricey because of unique design. Every campsite we go to has at least one couple who want to see inside, which we're happy to show. Really great for towing (2900lbs dry wt. - don't even feel it on the road ), but we want a bit more interior room now with kids & grandkids wanting to camp with us.
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:38 AM   #17
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Yes, we have the 4.7L V8 with towing capacity of 6500lbs. I read that you should tow a max of 80%, which makes our max 5200lbs.

We are looking at the Surveyor 280. Nice size, and dry wt is 4200.
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I think you are going to be over that 80% guide. The good news is you don't need to use it. Its a loose guideline. Really, all you need to do is make sure you are within your TV's GVWR, GCWR and axles ratings. If you are within those, but over the 80% guide, you are still OK.

Anyway.

I don't see the GVWR for the SP-280, but it appears to be around 7,000lbs adding together its dry weight plus CCC.

GVWR is a conservative, but safe, figure to use when calculating what you can tow. You could also work up from the dry weight of 4,172 plus 500lbs for batteries, gas and manufacturer and dealer options plus 1,000lbs estimate of your stuff.

That would give you a TT weighing in at 5,772; within your towing cap of 6500lbs, but not within the 80% guide. It shouldn't be a problem but you might feel it when towing in the mountains. Just go slower.

FYI - The tongue weight on this trailer weighing 5,772 will be somewhere around 750lbs. Add that TW to your family's weight plus any cargo carried in the truck and make sure its within the truck's payload number (Payload is either listed or its GVWR - the weight of the truck).

EDIT: Nice trailer by the way. I like that layout a lot.
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