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Old 04-24-2016, 11:38 PM   #21
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Good stuff Kaadk! Very clear and helpful for many following this.

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Old 04-24-2016, 11:43 PM   #22
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Since you are looking at a bunkhouse, I will assume you have a few young ones or very spoiled pets. Either way if your looking for something to get the whole crew and the TT to destinations called camping (key word here) "safely" you are probably best to explore a truck. Sounds like you will either need a crew cab or a 5r to get all persons and equipment on site. In which case a truck becomes essential.
The trailer type your have selected (the bunkhouse) usually come in around 25-27' and up. That's a lot of inertia behind a Tahoe to pull and stop.
I recently purchased a Flagstaff 27BEWS, maybe 8000 lbs. with snow on the roof. My TV is a 2016 F250 6.2L Super Duty. I was looking at the F150 EB which would have worked, but the numbers just didn't add up to have almsot 4 tons of trailer to drag and stop with only a half ton of truck in control. Just something to consider.
In short, get a truck.

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Old 04-25-2016, 02:52 AM   #23
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We have just gone through the same thing you are doing now. I started our search out for a much smaller, lighter TT to pull behind my dodge Dakota CC V8. We quickly learned the numbers game some dealers tell you is not right. We also wanted a bunkhouse and once we found the 273QBXL, we fell in love with it. Both wildwood and Salem make the floor plan.

If you are not married to your Tahoe, I would swap it out. In the long run you will be happier with the TT you want and not settling for something just to make do. We were able to sell my Dakota and for about $1000 more pick up a F250 V10. Our TT should be arriving at the dealership this week fresh off the line. We are very excited! Happy camping and good luck!
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:21 AM   #24
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Check out the Rockwood 2306/Flagstaff 23LB twins. BH floor plan, and pretty light.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:33 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by Sarahtakespics View Post
bikendan - Thanks for the reply! There is a white sticker on the door, and it says:

GVWR 7100 lbs
GAWR FRT 3200 lbs
GAWR RR 4100 lbs

There is a yellow sticker inside door that says:
Combined occupants and cargo should never exceed 1630lbs

There is another sticker inside the glovebox which shows equipment codes, and our gear code is GU4. (According to Chevy, that limits us to 6600 towing capacity. My husband called Chevy last week and asked them details of our car, giving them VIN to make sure we got better info.)

Thanks so much!! We are so very appreciative of your help.
Hello There is your payload figure. 1630.

Subtract the passengers weight and gear, full tank of gas, stuff in the back and hitch you have to add. You are most likely going to have a issue with many if not most of the trailer you have listed based upon the equipment. Also stability of a SUV loaded to the Max will not be your friend. What about a renting a pop op to start with? Seems the frontal area is smaller putting less stress on the TV see how this tows when loaded for camping. This will give you some idea of the limits of the TV prior to buying a Trailer you can not tow.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:46 AM   #26
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We had a 2005 Suburban and a 2012 21RR grey wolf. We used it for 3 years till we decided to upgrade into a truck and fifth wheel.
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:32 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by tony5oh View Post
Check out the Rockwood 2306/Flagstaff 23LB twins. BH floor plan, and pretty light.
We have a 2306 and pull it with a 2004 Escalade. It's the same as a Suburban, Denali, etc. More than enough power and load capability. Great camper and light. The Murphy bed is great. Gives you a sofa during the day and a lot of room and then at night it takes 15 seconds to fold the bed down and it's nite nite.

I don't have ail the numbers in front of me but it looks like you can pull that with what you have now.
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:45 PM   #28
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IMO Being this is your first TT, I would try to stick with your Tahoe.

As i've found out, there is a lot to learn with these RV's. You or your significant other should be at least handy/do it yourselfers, or be prepared to pay $$$ and wait long times/frustration for dealer servicing.

Hate to see you rush out and buy a 1 ton dually, then end up hating the RV'ing experience.

As you found, the internet and this forum is a great resource.

All that being said, I'm already looking at heavier trucks as my DW wants a big 5'er now lol. Though I did have my Ram before we started looking at RVs.
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:05 PM   #29
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I am going to suggest a hybrid for you...That is what we started out with when we had our Jeep Grand Cherokee with a towing limit of 6500lbs.

I will suggest a Rockwood Roo 183 which gives you 3 queen beds a hitch weight of 382lbs and a dry weight of 3862lbs.

I think this trailer will tow just fine for you with your tahoe which is similar to the Grand Cherokee I had.

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Old 04-25-2016, 06:31 PM   #30
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GCVW refers to gross combined vehicle weight which includes the loaded weights of BOTH the TV & TT. For instance, when you hit the CAT scale, this is the sum of all weights: front TV axle, rear TV axle, TT axles.

For most vehicles, max tow capacity does not calculate any other weight added to the TV except for a single 150 lb. driver...

For instance, our Ram 2500 has a GCVW of 15,000, payload of 3,000, tow rating of 9,100. I CANNOT tow a 9,100 (loaded) TT unless I am driving alone because my (empty) TV weighs 5,900, so the 9,100 takes it right to 15,000 without anything else in the truck... Together our family of 5 & 1 dog weighs about 700, so even with NOTHING else in the PU bed, our max TT weight must be reduced to 8,400... (9,100 - 700...)

Ready-to-camp our TT weighs about 8,000 so we have enough GCVW to cover our family, fiberglass cap, some camping gear, and firewood. HOWEVER, I can only utilize about 2,500 of my 3,000 payload or I go over on GCVW due to the weight of the loaded TT...

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